Gardening: An Australian Attempt

13 Nov

I’ve always loved growing vegetables so when we moved into our new little house and it had a yard I was thrilled … off to the hardware store with me to buy pots, compost, tomato and chilli plants and lettuce and herb seeds … spent an hour or so setting it all up and apart from watering them everyday didn’t really take much more notice .. UNTIL .. something ate all the lettuce, basil and coriander seedlings and my beautiful big mint plant (my future mojitos were in danger!) and had started nibbling at some of the leaves on the chilli pepper plant …

Lettuce seedlings. RIP. Taken down in their prime. 

I was suddenly a lot more interested, this was WAR! Nobody messes with my mojitos!

At Subiaco Farmer’s Market we spoke to a lovely lady from Heirloom Farm who diagnosed a case of CATERPILLAR and gave us advice on eco friendly ways to deter caterpillars and other pests, namely encouraging their natural predators by growing flowers!

Laden down with more tomato, chilli, spinach, marigold, petunia & lobellia plants along with a couple more bags of compost and a renewed interest we spent all Saturday afternoon gardening and re-arranging our front and rear yards … (we’re talking 2 square metres here, not hectares..). Its a really relaxing past time and an opportunity to get some Vitamin D.

Here’s some photos of how its all looking now …..

Marigold, coriander, basil, coriander in little colourful pots and predator attracting flowers below .. Area at front door …
Guard Frog is on high alert for caterpillars ….
Tomatoes, spinach and marigold in back yard.

The first fruits of our labour, teeny tiny little tomatoes!

The future is looking tasty …..

However there are a few areas I need some help with….

  • we planted oregano seeds but the seedlings are tiny & don’t seem to be growing at all, any tips?
  • when is the best time to water plants and do they need water more than once a day? this was rarely an issue in Ireland so need some guidance.
  • what other veggies grow well in pots?

Any help at all would be much appreciated,

I’ll be back soon with an update,

SJ x


7 Responses to “Gardening: An Australian Attempt”

  1. Taf November 13, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Not sure anout the oregano seedlings, as I’ve always bought potted plants of it, and it does really well then. Do you have any trays to put under the pots, as I presume the water might run through otherwise, and cause you to water more often? Is the coriander for leaf or seed? If you want to use the leaf, make sure you harvest it regularly, as it really wants to go to seed! I look forward to seeing more updates in the future!

    • Sarah-Jane November 13, 2012 at 9:55 am #

      Thanks for the tips Billy, coriander definitely for leaf I use loads of it! I hope to keep updating as the season goes on. Are you growing much over the winter? x

      • Taf November 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

        Mostly just a beard! I have some leeks that I got from Anne, and some winter onions, but that’s about it.

  2. Caroline November 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Wow,it looks great SJ.I will be looking for tips in the springtime for my herb and veg garden!keep us posted with the progress.x

    • Sarah-Jane November 14, 2012 at 5:09 am #

      Hi Caroline, are brilliant for Ireland and our gardener friends in Wexford have it all covered .. they’re the ones that should have a blog!
      I’ll keep you updated on the progress (provided there is progress and not another disaster!)

  3. rachel November 13, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Hi SJ wow your garden is going to be fab you’ll have loads of herbs and veg to use. Only just finding your blog recently so will be keeping an eye on your progress! As for container plants to eat,, courgette is always a winner with us gluts happen and then we need to be very inventive with how to use them. There is also a type of carrot called “parmex” really tasty sweet golf ball size carrots yum great for all sorts of recipes. Beetroot is another one you should try if you like them as they are so versatile raw or preserved! hope you and Dave get totally addicted!!!! best of luck

    • Sarah-Jane November 14, 2012 at 5:07 am #

      Hi Rach!
      I hadn’t thought of courgettes/zucchini but I think I’ll get some as have found new ways to use them recently (shave with a veggie peeler into long strips, very yum!)! Those carrots sound fab I must see are they available here. Hope all is well with you guys, keep reading 🙂 x

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