Garden Update #2: How I Added 10sq.m of Growing Space for $50

So I’m back again with another set of garden show-offs. This one, though, should be useful to those of you looking to expand your own growing space on the cheap. The question for me has been, “how do I create more growing space on top of the landlord’s weed mat, at a reasonable price?” The answer, it turns out, is mulch. Continue reading “Garden Update #2: How I Added 10sq.m of Growing Space for $50”

Garden Update #1: Silverbeet, Garden Pots, Worm Towers and Kratky Jars

I have a confession: I pretty much gave up gardening last year. Two-year-old Chipmunk, while overall an excellent experience, did not lend herself to me keeping anything other than her alive. As a result, my raised bed has been lucky to keep the silverbeet going as long as it has. Especially considering the heat wave in early January and the complete lack of water for two months prior. In fact, I thought they were completely dead, until THIS happened:

IMG_20150127 Pollard Silverbeet

Yep, that’s pollarding silverbeet. Who knew? Continue reading “Garden Update #1: Silverbeet, Garden Pots, Worm Towers and Kratky Jars”

How my Garden Grows: Garlic Sprouts

Who knew pre-peeled garlic cloves could still sprout? Not me!
Who knew pre-peeled garlic cloves could still sprout? Not me!

This morning when I went to the fridge to grab garlic for my 24 hour crockpot chilli, I found them sprouting. Tiny little white roots have appeared on almost every clove, and sprouts were coming out of the top of a dozen more. That’s unusual, since I buy my garlic pre-peeled in one kilo (2.2lb) bags.

At first I was simply going to chop them off and throw them in the chilli anyway. Continue reading “How my Garden Grows: Garlic Sprouts”