Sunday, May 10, 2009

Busy as a one armed wallpaper hanger and loving it.

Hi all, I managed to spend a few hours on my Community plot on Friday and Saturday and here are the photos to prove it.
And no I didn't take photos of somebody else's plot and take the credit. It's all my own hard labor.

You might be able to make out four pegs I hammered into the ground, well that for now, is my plot.

Same thing just a side angle.

Clicking on the photos will give you a larger photo to view.

Here is a novelty for me, it's called a garden hose and a water tap. Its been between 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 years (I can't remember for sure), but I know it's more than 5 and seems like forever since Toowoombarites have been allowed any external use of water, ie:- hosing, watering gardens, washing cars etc, etc, due to low dam levels.

So thanks to an Australian Government grant these guys collect the rain water that falls on the roof of an adjacent medical center, which means they have water in abundance and I can get my fix of watering a garden with a hose. Woo whoo.

This is the water storage tank. I don't know how much it holds, but it looks mighty impressive.

Here is what I managed to turn over on Friday and when I went down again on Saturday I added some Dolimite and Sulphate of potash and planted two rows of 'Greenfeast' Peas.

PEA 'Greenfeast' syn. Lincoin, is a heavy bearing bush shelling pea to 1mtr, hardy & disease resistant.

Here is my Saturday effort. About 2/3 turned over now.
There is a huge pile of horse manure there so I'll be adding that on Monday I hope and planting a green manure of Broad Beans in the reas of the garden bed.

Just a side angle.

How's that? I'm lovin the water and the extra planting this space will allow me.
I'm as happy as a pig in mud atm.

Cheers and happy veggie gardening,


Anonymous said...

Yes it is like that with the hoses. I only water with a watering can, in fear of wasting water or even worse leaving the tap on!!!!

You've done great work with your plot. I am looking forward to seeing more photos.

Rest is not idleness said...

That garden bed looks quite big, do the other ones join on to yours or is there a little path or something to keep them divided? (although I suppose that would be a bit of a waste of valuable gardening area) Once things start coming up it will look great.

The Old Dairy said...

Years ago I went for a walk to have a sticky beak in there, glad to see your getting use from it.and water what a bonus for you!!!

City Diggity said...

I'm glad you'll be able to water with a hose and impressed with the rainwater reuse. Cheers!

Chris said...

Hey, I didn't know you had a plot at the Toowoomba Community Garden. That's an awesome place! I love how they've recycled wads of newspaper as garden edging. My favourite feature though is that ag pipe dome.

My husband discovered the Community Gardens last year when he went to the Medical Centre. When he took me there I went totally gah-gah. Our daughter had fun discovering what was around the next bend, in amongst all the trees.

I hope your plot does really well. :)

Jacqui said...

ah Stewart you crack me up! You're just having far too much fun with this plot! and doing a sterling job of it too - enjoy!

Peggy said...

Hi Stewart, thanks for visiting the blog and leaving some much needed and appreciated advice. Your plot looks great and you are going to have fun with the extra space to let your inner gardener loose!

Silvia said...

It's great helping the community, isn't it? Your plot looks big and worked hard. Good job, Stewart!

JGH said...

Looks like you're getting a workout there. Congratulations on the water setup!

Stewart said...

Hi Emily, I use watering cans at home too, that's why the hose was/is such a novelty. And more photos will be on their way.

Hi Pip, Just a small path down the side of the plot. Although there seems to be plenty of room atm.
Believe it or not I'm eying of a smallish patch towards the back and left of mine already. So much to grow, so little time and space.

Hi Mandy, Thanks, they are very friendly and it's a great resource.

Hi Avis (my favorite aunty was called Avis), thanks for the comments, finding water around here is like finding a chook with lips so this has been a great bonus for me.

Hi Chris, I'm only like 7 days new there, but it is very well set up.

Hi Peggy, no telling what might if I let my inner veggie gardener out. I have to curb his enthusiasm sometimes, I just can't keep up with him anymore.

Hi Silvia, If your doing something you love it's never hard work just fun and enjoyment.

JGH, Thanks for your comment, the water is just great.