The Farmer's Edition
With Vikki busy getting ready for Sunday's Ferment workshop, I've been let loose on this week's newsletter (I'll apologise now for not being the quality you're used to!).
This week we are planting rosemary and some fruit trees in the paddocks, either on a swale line or swaling after the trees have gone in. It's a bit of a rush to try to get as much done while we are having lovely sunny days before the rain starts again.
In the vegetable patch we've moved the compost piles to a sunnier spot to help warm them on these cold mornings; we planted more Asian greens and I managed to break the rotary hoe (the clutch cable gave way - I don't know my own strength!!!) while ploughing the green manure into one of the beds. Add fixing the cable to the never ending list of jobs to do!
On a brighter note, the chickens continue to be rotated around the paddocks. The ladies seem to be enjoying new pasture that is popping up after the rain, and now that the days are lengthening the egg production is getting better and better.
Gardening Tip of the Week...
Seaweed is a great source of minerals and nutrients for your garden and most councils will allow you to take 20Kg of seaweed from the beach each day (as long as it isn't attached to rocks - only grab the weed that has washed up on the beach). Add this to your compost to give it a boost of trace elements.
For those that don't get to the coast very often but would still like to build compost quickly, why not ask your neighbours for their lawn clippings or any leaves that they sweep of their footpaths. If you can get both then you've got both a wet (carbon) and a dry (nitrogen) element for a well balanced heap.
Working with nature rather than against it.
There is no point in trying to create a lush tropical garden if you live in a desert climate. There are stunning succulents to add aesthetic appeal, and many useful plants that get by with very little water, like olive trees and wormwood, to name two examples.
Don't waste your money, time and energy by trying to force something that nature never intended to happen. Look creatively at what you already have. Try to see the benefits and look at ways to use the situation to your advantage.
What I like best about this idea is that it applies to the rest of our life as well. Next time you face a problem remember this and search for the good in the situation. It's always there, all it takes is the willingness to see it.
AT THE MARKETS...
A big THANK YOU to everybody we meet at the markets. Taylor and I try to remember everyone who visits our stall and we are always delighted when we get return customers. You'll find us at the following markets later in July and their may be a 'sly' first time appearance from us at a 'foxy' market in O'Connor in early August.
- 22 July - Farmers and Foodies Market - Kingston Bus Depot - 3pm to 7pm - GO BRUMBIES
- 24 July - Christmas in July Market Day- Queanbeyan Showgrounds, Glebe Ave.- 10am to 3pm
- 29 July - We are away at a Small Farmers Gathering to discuss issues and innovations in the farming community
- 5 August - Farmers and Foodies Market - Kingston Bus Depot - 3pm to 7pm
- 6 August - Community Market Day - Bagot St. O'Connor - 10am - 1pm
We have Harvest Bags available for pre-order and collection at the Farmers and Foodies market on Friday or Queanbeyan Christmas in July Market on Sunday. We are away the following week however we will deliver to your door on Friday morning!!!. To order your delicious Harvest bag send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or order online here.