A journal of my favourite pastimes gardening, farming and sewing.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Vegetable Garden

With all the hot weather and moving stuff from one house to another, the vegetable garden is not yet 'out of the ground' so to speak.

One bed being prepared

One bed is ready to go so I'm planning to get into that on this weekend, (the first weekend that has been our own for about six months).  You can see in the foreground of the photo above that we have killed the grass/weed cover using a large piece of carpet.  It has worked really well.

Carpet and plastic sheeting instead of spraying
We have also used thick plastic sheeting which had been on a new mattress we bought a few years ago.  IMO plastic was not quite as effective as the carpet even through rain would have penetrated it.  

The vegetable garden area has now been fenced off and is adjacent to the chook area with an adjoining gate to enable chook tractor (yet to be constructed) activity prior to replanting.  

This is the extent of my vegetable gardening at present.  I have seedlings and herbs in pots just busting to get into the ground and on Monday I seeded up another 9 or so punnets so hopefully I will time it right with the weather.  I have actually harvested a few San Marzano tomatoes from the plants in these pots.  The light coloured blotches are from our bore water - it marks everything.  We have not yet had the money to get the soil and bore water tested - hopefully soon.

As we look around and start planning our farm, one of the main factors we want to apply to any project is to make things as low maintenance as possible so that, as we age, we will hopefully still be able to continue on here.  We're both in our 50s now and are starting to get a taste of aches and pains and don't want that to stop us from working our place as long as possible.

As I type, another storm is rumbling overhead dropping the temperature nicely.  I am often surprised now, how quickly one adjusts to a less humid climate than that of Boonah or indeed Brisbane.  Having driven back from Brisbane today in an un-airconditioned vehicle, gulping water out of my bottle, I gasped a sigh of relief crossing Cunningham's Gap.  It was very humid there, but much cooler.  

Hope all is well elsewhere.


  1. How exciting being able to start from scratch. With all your accumulated knowledge and experience, you get to do it right.

    1. It is a constant learning curve though isn't it Lynda?

  2. Barb,
    It's always great to see how someone starts their vege patch. And the storms have been cooling things down just a bit, I don't know how anyone does Brisbane's humidity.

    1. I agree with you Shiralee - I can't handle Brisbane anymore. I don't know how I got around in a suit, stockings and full make up for all those years :) BTW I particularly enjoyed your applique pieces yesterday, especially the little lady with the pie. Thanks for visiting me.

  3. Barb, glad you are getting the storms there as well as Boonah always seems to get storms so was hoping you wouldn't miss out since you moved. We had storms this afternoon which cooled things down for a little while but it is getting muggy again so more rain must be on the way. Hope you get your gardens set up soon.

    1. Hi Chel, Yes the storms are a welcome relief, but as you said on your blog today - where is Autumn? Still no doubt I'll be complaining of the cold all too soon!