Friday, 12 November 2010



Victoria and New South Wales are facing a locust plague.

Sounds a bit like a Biblical event but, even as an atheist, I have to say that it is true.

I came out of work today and there was a locust sitting on the roof of my car. (No camera, so you will have to take my word for it.)

Not a plague by my car's perspective but worrying for my garden if they arrive in numbers.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Armistice Day, 2010


Armistice Day and the poppies are in flower.

Lest we forget.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Up boy! Up!


I've grown nasturtiums on and off over the years. On occasion put them in salads or used the flowers as a garnish.

Never thought of them as a climber though - more of a crawler.

I read somewhere that growing nasturtiums up you apple tree will discourage Coddling Moth.


Well, I'll give it a go and Lo! they do climb. Apple trees, anyway.

Have I created a monster?


Saturday, 6 November 2010

Coming together...


Our solar panels went live this morning! Woohoo! For the day, we have so far used 1.2kWh from the grid and exported 9.5kWh back to it.

In the meantime, we have harvested broad beans, potatoes, broccolini, silverbeet and some sage from the vegetable garden and planted tomatoes (Galapagos, Borghese, Grosse Lisse & one I forget), a pot of basil and some sweet corn. And shook a big bowl of mulberries from the tree in the front garden.

Dinner tonight: silverbeet & ricotta ravioli with burnt butter and sage, followed by spicy lamb cutlets with garlicky broad beans.

And a bottle of home brewed dark ale for the cook while he shells the broad beans.

Life can be good.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Gone to pot.


I have been growing more thing sin pots this year, with mixed success.

The pansies seem to like the camellia potting mix well enough though. Somewhere, hidden in all that pansimonium is a blueberry plant that will fill the pot. Eventually. Not this year though.