My beautiful lady Rachaeldaisy & I bought a house in the Blue Mountains almost exactly one year ago. After a lifetime of living in share / rental houses, planting trees, vines, and veggies and sometimes being around long enough to enjoy the harvest, at last I had a garden I can seriously invest time and energy into!
Over the last year I have planted a few things. Some of them have thrived, some have not done so well. I've also spent a lot of time just hanging out in the garden: watching the way the sun travels over the garden, seeing how conditions change with the seasons, watching storms and wind come in and wash over the place.
I've also done a lot of reading and thinking about what I want my garden to be. It's my environment, and I love it and want it to be a reflection of my outlook on life.
A few weeks ago I was sitting with RD on our deck looking over the garden and talking about our plans for it. The idea of a garden diary came up. We thought it would be a good way of tracking when I plant things and why, so I can track the consequences of my choices. And then I thought why not make it a blog? I'm far from being an expert, in fact I'm probably the worst kind of novice. I'm armed with enthusiasm and enough information to make a mess! I will make many mistakes. But I'm hoping if I share my mistakes (and my successes), maybe someone else will stumble on my notes via google. Maybe it will help someone not make the same mistakes, or share in success.
Anyway, at the very least it will be a good record of my activities.
My plan at the moment is to keep the posts short and to a single topic. I'll review a tree, bed or plant in the garden at the moment, or record a new planting along with my thoughts and plans.
I'll include photos as required. Here's a teaser. I'm really happy to see ladybugs on my squash plants. There is one on each plant!