Working weekend...

01 December, 2013

It seems this time of year the garden is lots of work and the reward is still so far away. I had approximately one million tasks on my gardening to-do list for this weekend, or so it felt to me. This is what I actually got done.

I put another layer of newspaper and compost in the wire column potatoes.

I have left about 10 centimeters of potato plant above the compost level.

I started staking my gifted tomatoes (thanks Tim!) with pantyhose ties. A good way to use up holey pantyhose.

I pulled out the celery and parsnips gone to seed, except for two celery's and one parsnip for seed saving.

I also sowed some more carrot seeds; three red/purple types; Ruby, Purple and Majestic Red. The stick mess is one of my ways of stopping local birds and cats from messing up my newly sown seeds.

I thinned my bean beds.

The front bed has my seed beans; Yin Yang and Dwarf Borlotti. The rear bed has my bush beans: Polo, Valentino and Butter Bean.

I have spaced all the plants around 10 centimeters away from each other, as I have previously grown them around 30 centimeters apart and they got too dry in our hot summers, even with copious mulching. I'm hoping this closer spacing will reduce water loss while not affecting yield.  We shall see.

I then spread out the seedlings in the corn bed.

These are also around 10 centimeters apart. I haven't grown corn this closely before, but while I was cycling around the Loire I rode past many, many corn fields and they were all very closely planted like this. I have no idea why they do this as most resources I've seen say to plant 20-30 centimeters apart, but I'll give it a try.

Lastly, I put up the individual stone fruit protection on my Anzac peach tree.

I've blogged previously about how I do this. But the short description is I save net bags from bought produce over the year and tie these around the swelling peach-lets.

Sometimes I also add sections of cut plastic drink bottles for extra protection.

This serves two purposes; one, it protects the peaches from the birds, and two, if the ripe fruits drop the net bag catches them, saving fruit losses from fallen fruit. Double win!

I counted the crop while I was at it, and all going well I have 31 gorgeous white peaches to look forward to.

So that there is my weekend in the garden just gone. What garden tasks did you get up to this weekend?


  1. Nice work! I know what you mean about reward seeming so far away and yet a million things to do.

    Yesterday I dug all my potatoes, turned over the soil and popped some borlotti in. I pulled out the snow pea tops and used them to mulch the tomatoes and did some fire protection mowing and used the dry grass cuttings as mulch for the pumpkins.

    We also decided to see if the little water hole that never dries up is a spring... we took 3,000 litres out of it using the fire fighting tank and distributed that water on the grass around the house. It's funny, when we lived in the city I NEVER watered the grass - it was such a waste. But watering the grass around the house to keep it green in the country is another way to protect us from fire.

    That was my gardening weekend.

    1. What a find with the water hole! I too would think watering the lawn here a waste (in fact, I got rid of the lawn, or the excuse for weeds that it was, and now have NO LAWN whatsoever. I love it.) but I see how it serves a purpose in the bush. I hope it never needs to serve its purpose though.

      Sounds like you had a prosperous gardening weekend. The best kind.

  2. 21 white peaches. My Nana would have been as excited. I remember her tree but strangely I don't remember the fruit. She must have picked it when I wasn't there or perhaps she should have used your stringed bags?

    1. Perhaps. White peaches are so good, and have such a short shelf life, so sharing has its challenges, assuming the birds don't get them first.