Sunday, 15 November 2015

Gardening In The Rental

One of the biggest losses when we left the farm and moved to our new rental was leaving all of our veggie gardens behind.

The only things I have brought with me are a pot of mint and 4 large pots of potatoes.  As we are really tring to downsize I did not want to be carting around lots of pots that I later have to get rid of. So before we moved I decided that I would collect some polystyrene boxes and use these along with some large plastic pots to create temporary veggie beds.

Now being the complete tight ass that I am I did not want to be paying for lots of potting mix to fill these new gardens so I brought dirt with me.  Back in 2011 I blogged about all the nice soil that our chickens created for us and so I went out and collected a whole lot.  I bagged up about 10 bags full using old grain bags and they came down with us.  Our friends who helped us move though I was a bit mad bringing dirt with us by why should I pay for it when I can bring it for  free full of worms and nutrients.

Along the retaining wall there is a 1 metre wide ledge perfect for my new garden.

I have planted climbing beans, cucumbers, water melons and mango melons that I hope will spill over the front of the wall,  I have also planted bok choy, herbs, chillies, beetroot and eggplant and I cannot wait to have fresh herbs again.
My potatoes are just coming into flower and I am hoping to get some tasty spuds from them.

We are about to head off for 2 weeks travelling around NSW starting tomorrow and boy do we need a break.  We will be calling in to Nundle, Lithgow, Katoomba, Scone, Urbenville, Uralla and a whole lot of other place in between.  We are catching up with some extended family in Sydney but really just hoping to see some of the countryside and chill out ass the last few months have been very busy for us.  If I can work out how to use my new phone I might post some updates on the road but then again I might not.

See you all in a few weeks.


  1. Yay for gardens! I don't think I gave you enough bags, I never thought you would take so much soil :) that's a great system AND it will be nice to have town water (for the garden, not for drinking, yuck!). Enjoy your break and see you again when you get back...

  2. Hope you get some rain while you are on you holiday Fiona. Your garden will have taken off! Well worth carting all that soil! Sounds like you are going to be visiting some great places on your drive. I love the Nundle area.


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