I was struck today by how far we have come on this bit of land since we arrived in early November.
From buying all of our vegetables weekly ( a forein concept to us) to almost self sufficiency in our vegetables in about four months.
Some photos illustrate the transformation well.
|The Rhubarb and Strawberries|
|A basket of produce on a random day in March|
|Pantry full of goodies|
There have been hundreds of litres of liquid manures spread all over the garden this year because i noticed that the fertility of the soil was not quite up to scratch - and that buried wood chips in the soil were most likely robbing nitrogen from the soil.
Caterpillars were rife and i would have lost many crops if not for prudent timing of control.
I have learned that although Bracken (Pteridium esculentum) is high in potassium and abundant - it is not the panacea for fabulous compost that i was hoping. It has a very waxy coating on the leaf and resists breakdown even in the extended high temperatures of a compost heap. I am now including some shredded bracken with lots of other material that has been put through the mulcher.
I have observed and learned what plants look like sitting in bad quality potting mix with no fertilizer and how much they don't grow.
I have learned that Bower birds will devour tomato leaves and bean leaves but not peas or potato leaves. I have also learned that they disappear for much of summer and are only now making a sporadic appearance.
I have learned that Turkeys' are fun to keep but are a bit naughty at times.