Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Grafting Workshop

Well this weekend I put a Doc Hog onto a Granny Smith. Sounds like the promo of a British Crime TV series. But no, I was grafting. Having learned the basics with Neil last year at the Toora Heritage Pear and Apple Farm it was time to weild a grafting knife myself. The workshop was organised by Buleen Art and Garden. The more that I learn about grafting - the more there is to learn. Well that's the same as gardening in general isn't it.

After the workshop a visit to BAAG followed where I discovered a native plum which is home in the Australian Rainforest. I would have liked to experiment a bit with this one to see if a European plum would take to it - however am not confident that the climate in Melbourne will sustain the rainforest plum - perhaps when I get my hot house the experiment can ensue!
For Mama Longo I am swapping her my new grafting skills for some Recipes. I think I get the better end of the deal!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Winter 2011


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Last Days of Winter! This week I have potted up some Raspberry sticks - and got a bit ambitious and a wee bit eager for Spring/Summer by purchasing some Eggplant Seedlings - but just couldn't resist.

The Kale seeds from last year have produced some hardy little seedlings. I'm hoping they don't bolt too quickly as the warm weather approaches.

The first asparagus appeared under the gaze of Mary! I will plant some more to bunch the patch up and get some product in the next 2-3 years.

Thanks to Joe's assistance the back fence is looking truly loved. Grape vine, and lemon have been cleared of Jasmine and the Olive given a Prune after picking.

Bring on Spring!

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