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Yvonne replied to Jordan Pastor's discussion 'A Newbie Gardening Question' in the group Newbies - Just starting out
"If the holes start at an edge then it may be caterpillars, it they are round and away from the edge, chances are it some sort of beetle.  If your new growth looks OK, then perhaps the Epsoma is doing it's job. Fingers crossed for you.…"
Jun 19, 2013
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TRYING MY HAND AT GOING "BACK TO EDEN"

As some of you know, this year I've been trying one bed using the "Back to Eden", no-dig, wood chip method, and one using a blend of organic gathered material from around the property, mixed with  conventional compost. I added the standard amounts of organic fertilizer and Epsom Salts to both beds to give the seeds a kickstart.To be honest, although I had read about "Back to Eden" and seen many photos, a part of me believed that the leaf mould and gathered material would win hands-down.How…See More
Jun 6, 2013
Yvonne replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Companion Planting 101'
"The watering was not my doing Karin - it was down to Mother Nature, who is still insisting that we need more. I've had to add a whole network of new drainage channels, but it's still like walking on a wet sponge. From what you say, too…"
Jun 5, 2013
Yvonne replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Companion Planting 101'
"Same here. My marigolds usually self seed but so far no sign of them. We had a drought down here in the southern Caribbean at the start of the year, followed by endless rain these past 6 weeks or so, and the ground is saturated."
Jun 5, 2013
Yvonne replied to HOMEGROWN.org's discussion 'Companion Planting 101'
"Brilliant - thanks for this."
Jun 5, 2013
Yvonne commented on Michelle Wire's blog post 'In Search of a Pen Pal! Or Many!'
"Undoubtly! I had to learn that before I even got started in the garden. I had such visions for the house build;  people all around glibly quoted "3 - 6 months" as the average time from start to finish, but an encounter with a crooked…"
May 2, 2013
Yvonne commented on Michelle Wire's blog post 'In Search of a Pen Pal! Or Many!'
"I would join you but it would be just like your grandmother's time, as the average delivery of post to and from here is 5 weeks! "
May 2, 2013
Yvonne commented on Michelle Wire's blog post 'Homesteading and Hand Writing: Old Fashioned Letter Writing'
"Agree totally. I will continue to follow your entries with interest :)"
May 2, 2013
Yvonne commented on Michelle Wire's blog post 'Homesteading and Hand Writing: Old Fashioned Letter Writing'
"Michelle - thank you for a great post. I adore writing and receiving good old hand-written letters, and know from friends that they love getting them. There is a cartoon showing the same person a decade apart - in the first picture he's drops…"
May 2, 2013
Yvonne commented on Yvonne's status
"Thank goodness - I've heard from friends in the north that things are late, following the cooler (cold!) spring. Some people has said that their plums, cherries etc., have missed the arrival of the bees and are now unlikely to fruit - such a…"
Apr 29, 2013
Jennifer commented on Yvonne's status
"It will be soon. Spring has finally sprung in Massachusetts!"
Apr 29, 2013
Yvonne commented on Yvonne's status
"Thank you most kindly for visiting the blog Jennifer.  Like everywhere it has it trials and tribulations, along with the sunshine and rainbows! Hope everything in your garden is blooming!  "
Apr 29, 2013
Jennifer commented on Yvonne's status
"Wow. Just wow. Thanks for sharing your piece of paradise. "
Apr 29, 2013
Yvonne commented on LathHouseGardens's photo
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"Henry looks adorable. You're so lucky that all Henry wants to do is play fetch with your produce. I have a constant battle to get to all fruit or veg before my dogs devour it.  The latest casualty -I woke this morning to find that the dogs…"
Apr 28, 2013
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"Back to writing my blog - following an entry into Back to Eden photo comp. http://vonniethehappyhippy.blogspot.com"
Apr 28, 2013
Yvonne commented on Marianne Smith's blog post 'Are you having trouble transplanting seedlings?'
"I had a look - that's perfect. Thank you. Hope you manage to get your garden back on track. "
Jul 4, 2012

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Reluctantly ageing Hippy Chick, novice Earth Mama
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Adios big city living & European corporate life
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Parmigiana di Melanzane
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V S Naipaul "Magic Seeds"
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Storm drains and raised beds
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TRYING MY HAND AT GOING "BACK TO EDEN"

As some of you know, this year I've been trying one bed using the "Back to Eden", no-dig, wood chip method, and one using a blend of organic gathered material from around the property, mixed with  conventional compost. I added the standard amounts of organic fertilizer and Epsom Salts to both beds to give the seeds a kickstart.

To be honest, although I had read about "Back to Eden" and seen many photos, a part of me believed that the leaf mould and gathered material would win…

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Posted on June 6, 2013 at 3:14pm

The wild bees and the honey men...

I received a message by way of my father, via the local grocery store, from the resident bee-keeper and honey man.  The message was that news had reached him, via a neighbour, that there was a nest of wild honey bees in an old tree on my property - which of course I already knew.  The bees have never bothered me and I have never bothered the bees, though I often wondered what the honey might taste like after they have fed abundantly on the flowering basil, rosemary and thyme that grow in my…

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Posted on May 26, 2012 at 2:45pm

Raised veggie garden update - top soil relocation programme!

Finally, a break in the huge system that has hung over our tiny island home these last two weeks (though I believe it is only a temporary respite).

A combination of dry weather, and the appearance of Handy Andy - something akin to the alignment of the planets, we finally managed to make some progress on what had become a fenced off quagmire, and new home for the local frog population, safe from dog-kind.

With the wood for the two raised beds duly installed,…

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Posted on May 16, 2012 at 2:19pm

TICKS!!

I apologise in advance to all those experienced homesteaders and country folk out there for whom ticks are just an annoying inconvenience that happens every summer and who will think me an ex-city-dwelling, drama queen.  For me, first-time dog owner and new tropical gardener, they were something of an unseen, and unknown, Nemesis lurking in the long grass.

Having finally gotten around to clearing a new patch of grass that had stood as tall as me (possibly taller), for many months, I…

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Posted on April 24, 2012 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

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At 11:15am on January 15, 2012, Susan Garten said…

Thanks Yvonne!  We actually finished the coop.... I just need to round up some photos and get them posted here.  :-)  Have a wonderful Sunday.

 
 
 

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