Worm farming

The tiger worms moved in to their new home on Tuesday. I got given worms from a guy at work that has been worm farming for 20 years. He was wonderfully keen to make sure I knew what the worms liked to eat. Apparently they enjoy a line of milk powder about once a month*  and they particularly like egg shells.

I’m already quite fond of the worms in an impersonal kind of way. Really looking forward to getting worm juice to put on the garden.

* but be careful not to put it everywhere because it tickles their bellies!!

Lemon tree planted

We planted a lemon tree in our garden. Thomas and I both firmly believe that a home needs a lemon tree :-)

Lemon Meyer: Popular lemon for the home garden, more tolerant that other varieties. Performs well in small garden areas or in pots strategically placed where the sweetly fragrant flowers can be enjoyed. Lemons are medium sized and juicy. Sun – part shade. Frost tolerant. Height 2m x 1. 5m.

Comment from garden centre: Feed three times a year but let it settle first!

Square foot gardening

Today Thomas and I created a veggie garden using the square foot gardening method. When I say we I actually mean Thomas as I broke my arm a couple of weeks ago and am still pretty useless with it. I did however take some photos.

With square foot gardening you plant a different type of plant in every square foot of your garden.

We planted from seed the following:

– 2 squares of cherry tomatoes
– 2 squares of spinach
– 1 square of cucumber
– 1 square of chives
– 2 squares of zucchini
– 2 squares of basil
– 2 squares of capsicum
– 2 squares of spring onion
– 2 squares of lettuce

Below – Thomas constructing the box.

Taking shape.

Below – Our garden (Hrm, will look better ones green things are growing!)

Our little pile of dirt.

Hybrid Man

I feel all suburban man at the moment – Kim and I built and planted our square foot garden. Power tools! Hardware stores! Garden supplies!

After that I went and mastered the rusty old Masport motor mower in the shed (I was already tired by the time I realised you had to hold the dead man lever closed while trying to start it or it wasn’t going to go) and mowed the lawns.

Then last night it was a chance to be modern man. There were wandering drop-ins while Kim and I were making a large greek salad, so we decided to offer people dinner and I hung out in the kitchen and made pizza for everyone. I like making pizza because it’s not as stressful as real cooking – you just assemble things at your own pace (not to mention I’m reasonably confident that it will turn out ok).

I was amused that by the end of the meal Andrea and Wendy both had little piles of unwanted greek salad ingredients on their plates, but they were different piles with Andrea abhorring the onions while Wendy expelled the olives.

Garden making photos to come.