JUstDreamInparadise.......JUDI living in Paradise

I am fifty something and I love my family and the life I live. I'm an optimistic person by nature and I try to find a positive for every negative. I'm not a vegetarian, but the animal I eat is. I enjoy cooking, photography and scrapbooking. Since living here I have become a gardener and take immense joy in the beauty of my garden. My husband and I feel that we are the caretakers of the land rather than land owners. We run a grass fed Droughtmaster Stud on our little piece of Paradise and the cattle are a never ending supply of photo opportunities.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

The vegetable garden

We are going to demolish our old vegetable/herb garden.  It is well past it's used by date and if we leave it any longer it will demolish itself.



The raised vegetable garden bed was also not a good idea.  We just could not keep it moist no matter how much mulch we put on and the worms just didn't seem to like it at all.  So it's going to good use as a compost bin.....a large compost bin!

I have been busy transplanting vegetables and herbs into the garden bed at the back of the house. It is only a temporary arrangement as this vegetable garden will be a chook pen at a later stage.  We have plans for a potager garden on the southern side of the house.  It will be large, very large, and I will  have enough vegetables to feed a tribe but we can always take our excess fruit and vegetables to friends or Meals on Wheels who are always appreciative.


These are some of the vegetables and herbs that we have growing in the vege patch.  Parsley (both), baby spinach, cucumber, mint, rhubarb, chives (garlic and plain), chilli, eggplant, tomato, corn, cabbage (two kinds), lettuce, turmeric, ginger, zucchini, passionfruit, lemongrass, pumpkin, choko, sweet potato, asparagus, sage, coriander, silverbeet, pineapple, strawberries and to give shade....a mulberry tree!
My gardener has given me invaluable advice on how to improve the soil in the garden.  And it is so simple.  Just these two things,


Cow Manure


and Mulch....in this case sugar cane

We have also started a worm farm and the castings from it are a wonderful soil conditioner.




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