In the past, in my city patch, I would use some grass clippings for my mulch - but as the grass clippings there were very green and a little too 'hot' to add to the veggies and, as the quantities of mowings were small, I used to buy most of my mulch - normally sugar cane. But here at Highfield, the grass is plentiful, high and dry (and therefore cooler for the veggies) and potentially dangerous fire wise so close to the house, so, off with their heads!
I don't want to think about the size of the space I have mowed... it's huge and I suspect that the mowing miles I have done have contributed to the loss of a couple of kilos! It was all mowed with a 'regular' mower, not a ride-on (I think I want a ride on mower for Christmas - Santa - do you read blogs?). But as a result of all this activity I have mulched my newly made veggie beds, mulched under the crab apples and mulched a couple of potatoes plants that have appeared all on their own in a corner of the yard.
In three short weeks we have made a number of veggie beds, a short one in the front of the house, a small one on the side that is called the zucchini ward, and a really long patch all along the side of the house.
There is also a small patch right at the back, a potato pile in one corner and three pumpkin / melon mounds.
As we have only just started, there is hardly anything evident in the beds right now. The only plants that can really be seen are those that I re-located from the city (tomatoes, fennel, eggplants and chillies).
|Crab apples with garlic chives|
- Cucumbers - Space Master
- Climbing beans - Blue Lake
- Dwarf beans - Red Kidney, Borlotti, Cherokee wax, Sex without strings - lots of beans to help build fertility
- Pigeon peas (thanks Linda)
- Beetroot - Moulin Rouge, Cylindra (I think the ants carried away all the Cylindra seeds though) and Crimson Globe
- Spring onions
- Radish - Scarlet Globe
- Pumpkins - Musquee de Provence and Baby Blue (thanks Bek)
- Melon - Tigger (thanks Bek)
Then there are other things being raised in seed punnets - comfrey, fennel, basil, zinnias, red marigolds, padron chillies, long cayenne chillies.
Depressingly, this looks like a list of things I should have put in a bed in October ... oh well, I couldn't do it then so I will just have to see what crops I do get...
But as a beacon of hope of productivity, today I picked some of the first tomatoes (Broad Yellow Ripple Currant), raised in Sydney and re-located to Highfield.
And there are crab apples to wait on.
One woman went to mow, went to mow a meadow.....