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Yvonne's Blog – March 2012 Archive (7)

The garden-within-the-garden - Day 3

The project is coming along nicely and right on track (a rare achievement here!).  Let's hope I haven't spoken too soon.

That said, there is one problem.....ME!  The spot is looking so good that my imagination is running away with me and I'm considering adding a covered seating area, a work/potting bench and a rain water gathering system (something relatively small scale but enough to water the plants occasionally)....and so the thoughts grow and my head is filled with possibilities.…


Added by Yvonne on March 28, 2012 at 9:38am — No Comments

Tomato Doctor : )


Added by Yvonne on March 27, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Out of chaos, will come order - DAY 1

Finally, the task has begun in earnest!  What a busy day.  The simplest of tasks can be complex here in my island home. No convenient middle man to call on the phone or place an on-line order to deliver sand, cement, aggregate and cinder blocks - that would be too easy.

So, a visit to the hot dusty quarry, where I stood a lone woman amongst the big burly truck drivers trying to place my meagre (compared to the truckers) order of aggregate, in the blazing sun with not a bit of shade to…


Added by Yvonne on March 23, 2012 at 6:49pm — 2 Comments

Why such extravagant raised beds?

A few people have very kindly offered other, cheaper solutions to my rather extravagant raised bed project.  I truly welcome and am grateful for all suggestions.

Unfortuantely, living in an area prone to hurricanes and resultant flash floods, combined with the fact that I am on a very steep slope with a good deal of land above me, this feels like a "needs must" project.

Although costly, the thought of all the hard work of growing organic vegetables, only to have them washed…


Added by Yvonne on March 22, 2012 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

BABY STEPS - Getting the veg garden going

Today I read a quote that said "You don't have to go FAST, you just have to GO" which proved to be a very timely reminder (though for me, would be even better if the word "GO" was subbed with "START").

Everyone has their own motivation and ways of tackling issues; for me some things need to happen quickly otherwise I lose interest and momentum, while other projects can be maintained on a slow burn, providing I do at least one small thing a day towards the goal in…


Added by Yvonne on March 19, 2012 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Useful tip for tackling small scale fungi without chemicals

A tip from Sharon over at Two Women and a Hoe http://ning.it/wQ0lyc:

Black spot, powdery mildew & rust are a terrible trio of fungi, which can attack and destroy your plants. Scientists have found that two uncoated aspirin tablets (325 milligrams each) dissolved in 1 quart of water & used as a foliar spray can thwart these diseases. ~Sharon Lovejoy

WHO KNEW! Will be trying this later on the sooty mould on my Key Lime

Added by Yvonne on March 9, 2012 at 11:14am — 2 Comments

A good recovery ...

Latest update on my poor drought ridden cocoa sapling and avocado tree.



Added by Yvonne on March 7, 2012 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments



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