isabel on our new land

isabel on our new land
Isabel under the Kurrajong on our new land

Thursday, July 28, 2011

I Love Winter

 Winter in Queensland sees the start of our easiest growing season. Nothing gets burnt from too much sun, the soil stays moist for longer than 30 mins and the pests and diseases seem to disappear!

To grow tomatoes wothout fear of fruit fly!!
 We are currently enjoying a bounty of beans, snowpeas, tomatoes, spinach, sliverbeet, beetroot and lemons and oranges with broccoli and cabbages not far away
Potatoes are still another 8 - 10 weeks away.

Stefano is putting the final touches to the house with the plan being to put it on the market this time next month so I should get to harvest these before we move.

The only pests we still have to contend with during winter are the ever present possums.  After checking for evidence of snails, caterpillars etc at the base of my chewed green leafy veges we determined that the possums were making their way over the outside barrier somehow (they're cleverer than they look).  So it may look like I'm growing milk cartons but I have had to resort to a direct barrier system with great success.

Don't worry the possums are not starving - the guava tree growing next to this vege plot is now leafless!  I'm willing to sacrifice it for my green leafies.

Next TAFE course is on plant identification - so I'll finally learn the names of some of those pretty but inedible shribs and trees.