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Farm Update - February 2012

January has been a month of extremes!  We had a week of 35degC temperatures, dry and hot, the grass was starting to frizzle.....and then in the last few days we have had over 100 mL of rain!  Tanks are full, the dam is full, the garden is going crazy again.  And we are having flash backs to this time last year.

Sorry I keep changing my comments form, I thought I was improving it, but the new one was terrible, I lost all those comments, so I'll just leave it alone now, promise!

Love my shade cloth during the hot days!

stunted corn and mildewy zucchinis/button squash 

first corn cob - front...
and back, tasted great, wish it was bigger!
button squash in all sizes (depends when you find them!)

lettuce going to seed, have planted some more....

so many pickling cucumbers, I've been pickling!

The other half of the garden, tomatoes, capsicum, all the herbs.


finally an eggplant!!!!!  but when to pick it?

The poor mans bean is plotting to take over again.

freezing beans :)

The potatoes, a little disappointing....will try again though.

The chickens waiting at the garden gate for "their share".

All the chicks are getting bigger, don't know what is what yet though!


Bella and Molly are special, they're allowed in the house yard

ROCKET, check out those horns again!
He's really very friendly though :)

This round bale was rather popular.

Dip with cream cheese, garlic, parsley and chives and a little kefir whey.


And here's my girls relaxing in the grass!  Chime and Cheryl :)


  1. we need to put shade cloth up thru the hot weather too..otherwise everything is sizzled

  2. I love a parade of pictures. It's funny though, we have a saying "in QLD if you put a stick in the ground, it will start growing" but I guess you face just as many growing dilemmas as the rest of us. I think everyone is in for a big mildew year. A lot of people in Tas have been unprepared for our week of 35-40C days and no rain for nearly 2months. All their tomatoes have really frizzled, dried and suffered.

  3. Those button squash are pretty looking - like flowers. What do you do with them?

  4. Yes, I love the shade cloth! It really helps plants to survive on a hot day.

    Mildew gets me every year as soon as it rains (and the humidity makes me wilt too!).

    The button squash are pretty! They taste like zucchini. The large one had got to hard, I just picked out the seeds and gave it to the chooks. I've got to try and find them before they get so big!

  5. Looking good, I have had the problem of finding squash too late and it isn't a total loss we use them as fillers in curry, stew and soups.
    I haven't had too much mildew on the zuchs or cucumbers bit strange as we live in the same general area.
    I've got to get some manure in so I can at least feed the garden before putting in winter crops.


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