I’ve been doing a lot of gardening of late, trying to improve the look and feel of the garden… I feel that it is lacking in the design department and also not as productive as I would like it to be. In recent months, we have at least doubled the number of plants in the space, and I have been looking online for garden inspiration. Still quite far off from how I’d like it to look, but we’ll get there.
Birds have been eating my seedlings and even chomping on aloe vera leaves, so I purchased a heavy duty net during one of my trips to Australia to keep them out. I left one side semi open, as you will see from the pictures below. It allows for better air flow, as it can get pretty hot in there. Occasionally, I find a spotted neck dove in there pulling out seedlings. When there’s a will, there’s a way.
I decided to grow extra plants with the intention of selling them at Gardener’s Day Out, but it looks like I won’t be able to make it to the next two sessions because I am planning to travel during that period of time. At some point, I might have a plant sale at my place.
We like our orchids, and we keep them in this section, and any plants that can do with a bit of shade.
Still waiting to taste the first papaya from this tree, planted from the seed of an organic papaya that I ordered from Green Circle. We have another papaya plant that has been giving us fruit on occasion. I also started leaving plants in one of my chicken coops. I was running out of space in the netted area.
On the outside of our other coop, we are growing red stemmed malabar spinach and in the surrounds, peppermint, beans, cucumber, red okra, curry plant and another papaya tree.
At the front of the house, it’s looking a bit messy. This is a temporary trellis that I built, not an elegant solution so I will have to get another one built, also I need to do some proper weeding. It’s hard to tell but I’m growing marigolds, zinnia, sweet basil, chocolate mint, apple mint, lemongrass, a sunflower, beans and red okra plants in this planter, some are in pots. In the background, where the bamboo trellis stands, I’m growing snake beans and beetroot.
I’ve started to appreciate succulents and would like to expand my small collection. I’m a little hesitant because it means I have to rely on my mother to water them whenever I travel to Australia for 1-2 months, and there’s a chance that she could forget. Other succulents I have include a prickly pear at the front of our house, and some Indian Borage plants. I’m also starting a moss collection. I painted a couple of terracotta pots for fun, using non-toxic casein paint.
Hopefully a lot more updates to share in Summer!