Bill's vegies

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Bill's vegies

Postby Billndee » Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:06 pm

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Bill puts a lot of work into his vegie garden.
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby Lin » Sat Jan 05, 2008 10:38 pm

Everything seems to be flourishing there BnD. Well done Bill!! :D
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby Mister Wisteria » Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:57 am

Very nice and green. :D
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby guzzigirl » Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:29 am

wow! what a great vege patch!


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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby Yani » Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:36 am

Wow...that's huge vegie patch! Everything look so lush and green.

Do you grow that for your household only or sell them in the market?
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby Billndee » Sun Jan 06, 2008 4:57 pm

Hi everybody. :D
This vegie patch feeds two fat old retired farmers :lol: :lol: :lol:
It gets watered from the dams that previously watered the cherry orchards, which have now 'had it'. :P
Because things do not grow all that well in the winter this food is our supply for the year. The potatoes get progressively dug, the beans go into the freezer with the surplus tomatoes and berries (not in the picture). The onions do us for most of the winter.
We pull the carrots and beetroot as we want them.
Salad greens are either too many or not enough. We are still working on that problem. :oops: :oops: :oops:
We plant brassicas about now to beat the white butterflies.
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby The Estate » Sun Jan 06, 2008 5:02 pm

well done Dee =p~ (Y) (Y)
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby abwal » Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:41 pm

' Bill puts a lot of work into his vegie garden.' ..... and it shows. Well done.
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby Luzy » Tue Jan 08, 2008 7:09 pm

Bill is a legend!!! Wow, wow, wow - it's beautiful as well as useful (two fat old retired farmers... :shock: I'd say two wonderfully talented people!) Fantastic, Billndee. (Y) :D

Now, You've obvioulsy got some kind of drip irrigation happening??? And, is there some kind of shade cloth system happening right at the top of frame as well?????

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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby Billndee » Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:54 am

Thank you for your very kind words Luzy, :) :) :)
The garden is situated in a corner of the old cherry orchard so what you see overhead is bird netting. Unfortunately there are lots of holes in it so that sometimes the area is more like an aviary. :roll: :roll: :roll: Wouldn't it would be nice if we could keep the grub-eating birds in and the others out :!:
Bill waters by hand at the moment however there are plans to run dripper tubing along the beds. Just got to get around to it. :D :D :D Fortunately, being retired, there is time to stand and gaze while holding a hose. :D :D :D
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby Abbi » Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:46 pm

That's brilliant, BnD. (Y)

Would like to visit your garden one day. Looks very inviting...... :D :D

I grow most of my own vegies too, and store in freezer or boxes in cool, dark places.
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby Billndee » Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:57 pm

Abbi wrote:That's brilliant, BnD. (Y)

Would like to visit your garden one day. Looks very inviting...... :D :D

I grow most of my own vegies too, and store in freezer or boxes in cool, dark places.

We would love you to visit us, anytime. We could swap vegie growing stories :D
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby Abbi » Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:16 pm

That's great BnD. Will PM when trip to Tassie is planned. :D
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby malbec » Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:07 pm

WOW! That's so impressive BillnDee.
Wish I had the time and space to spend on my patch.
I AM jealous :D
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby veg gardener » Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:06 am

very nice
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby Abbi » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:15 am

Strange to see this one again BnD........seems so long ago, and now I've actually walked through your lovely garden. 8) 8)
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby Billndee » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:47 pm

Ah yes, the vegie garden. Harvest time is wonderful. Time for a report. Thanks for reviving the thread friends.
We have picked and frozed french beans by the bucket load. More than we can eat I think. Any good bean recipes around? Preferably vegetarian but not exclusively.
The white cabbage moths don't know when to go away but we have not seen any grubs either. I planted a few marigolds around but they are not big enough to make a difference yet.
I have been freezing tomatoes today. The variety that is doing the best for us this year is Moonshot. I will keep freezing batches as they ripen to maximum sweetness.
Also froze blackberries from our little thornless vine. I froze four little bags that I will use for a fruit sauce to go over icecream or pancakes later. Yum.
The beetroot is slow. We think that is because we put them in the same bed as the carrots which don't need fertilizer so the beetroot didn't get any either.
Still can't succeed in growing enough onions to do us for the year. Think we will grow entirely from seed instead of buying seedlings and try to grow them closer together. Any ideas on that anyone?
I have been making zucchini loaf, zucchini rice muffins, stir-fried zucchini. :-@ :-@ :-@ Haven't tried zucchini jam yet. :roll: :roll: :roll:
We have discovered the delights of bok-choy. Delicious chopped up like lettuce on a salad.Just a bit of dressing on top. It grew very fast but sadly is over maturing just as fast!
We have dug pinkeye, kennebec and King Edward potatoes. That was not a very big crop so we will run out of them soon.
Lots of sweet juicy carrots. We are having them on our salad finely grated with sultanas and mayo stirred through. Able to eat a big serve that way. =p~ =p~
Plums!! Mariposa, D'Argen, November Purple (the big branches broke on that tree, the one that Abbi photographed). We are not coping with the glut. Pressing them onto all our friends. The goats Buster and Bitser are eating well of the ones that fall to the ground. The pantry shelf is chock full with plum jam. Probably won't get any next year. They do tend to crop heavily every second year and hardly any in the off year.
We've just had a weekend away with our mutual friends Abbi. Had a great time. Ate, slept and relaxed.
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby bubba louie » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:58 pm

Abbi wrote:That's brilliant, BnD. (Y)

Would like to visit your garden one day. Looks very inviting...... :D :D



Oh me too. :D
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Re: Bill's vegies

Postby orchid40 » Sun Mar 30, 2008 5:03 pm

Now THAT'S what I CALL a vegie garden!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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