We had a couple of spare hours this afternoon so we took the opportunity to put all the seedlings into the garden. I have my fingers crossed that we are doing the right thing! Mike has rabbit-proofed most of the fence around the gardens but the ground is so hard and rocky we’re hoping that this will deter them from digging where we haven’t put down the chicken wire.
We’ve planted two rows each of onions and garlic, a row of beetroot, a row of leeks, six tomato plants (this is experimental) and one courgette vine. The soil seems to be composting down nicely, both gardens were full of big fat worms so I took that as a good sign. I have found I’m still the tiniest bit scared of worms, I don’t know why but every worm I found while planting made me shudder. The girls aren’t bothered by them, nor are the chickens
The girls helped to plant but spent most of their time hammering nails and building their own see-saws. It bought back memories of my own childhood making things like that in my own back garden with my sisters. The chickens just scratched about, all trying their best to sneak into the new garden perhaps they want to eat the new plants as well as the rabbits.
Next weekend weather permitting, we’ll put out the plants destined for pots, the potatoes and more tomatoes. Plus I’m going to sew some flower seeds around the gardens. I really hope they grow as they’ll not only look pretty but should smell nice and entice the bees and butterflies.
Has been on list of things to do like forever!
Our main crop surplus of vegetables turned into kimchi and sauerkraut. Fermentation is one of the oldest forms of food preservation in the world and utilised constantly at Zaytuna Farm.
Please share with your friends the 25 Seeds of Goodness Fundraiser…
On the 18th of May in Brisbane and the 30th of May in Sydney Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) and Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) will formally join hands by co-hosting fundraising events. With the aim of the events being to raise funds towards exciting new international projects in Permaculture, the aptly named event “25 Seeds of Goodness” will see the two organisations combine forces and increase the aid and support provided to people in need both locally and internationally.
Guest speakers including Geoff Lawton, a world renowned permaculture expert, Sheikh Hassan Elsetohy, MAA’s CEO, and Yusuf Khatree of the Muslim Charitable Foundation.
Guests will also witness the signing of MAA and MCF’s Memorandum of Understanding – a first in Australia.
Limited number of tickets are available by calling Riyaad Ally of Muslim Aid Australia on 0434 984 520 or Yusuf Khatree of Muslim Charitable Foundation on 0401 246 228.
To purchase Tickets please visit our website
Individual Tickets: $50 http://9nl.eu/25SeedsBrisIndividualTicket
Group Ticket – Table of 10: $450 http://9nl.eu/25SeedsBrisGroupTicket
This is a unique event and definitely not to be missed.
- See more at: www.muslimaid.org.au
Spent a lovely day helping out at Old Sleningford Farm near Ripon on one of their workdays. Got to see an actual food forest! Can’t wait to have one of our own!
Living the view from my office #spring http://t.co/FPM2Nnt5KL
Get the whole picture – and other photos from Katrina Thompson
Anyone know of a farm based eco campsite or gite in northern France for a week in summer? Pls rt