Saturday, July 25, 2009

Frosty Sunny

Truly inspired by Eliot Coleman, I have been experimenting with cold frames. We had another crunchy frost this morning.


Look - I am not kidding!

But here are my veggies - safe and sound. Soil all warm and decidedly unfrozen. We have eaten all the biggest beetroots, and the silver beet hasn't quite recovered from that minus 6 frost - so I am hoping that the cold house will keep the soil warm enough to kick along some growth.


The only problem with going down this track is that I need to open up the sides for ventilation on warm days, and close them up again at night. In the meantime I can experiment with ventilation and structure in preparation for those EARLY TOMATOS! The goal is for first tomatos by Mr Duck Herder's birthday (23rd Nov)
The rest of the day included a trip out to Crookwell to see the Kiloren garden as part of the open garden scheme. I really liked this curvy wall.


And after that, a reconnaissance trip to Chris and Leanne's new farm at Laggan to inspect a prospective site for my pine nut orchard. Mission accomplished - along with many pots of tea, general farm inspections, lovely food and excellent mirth and company.

All in all and excellent day methinks.

11 comments:

Valley View said...

What are you using for the covers over your garden?? I think Mrs BVVF would like me to dop something like that for her - are they pig proof??

The Duck Herder said...

hmmmm, pig proof.

How small are the pigs?


Now, on a more serious note, there are two places I have bought greenhouse plastic from:

Sage Horticultural's "tufft" (off the internets)

and Monbulk Rural(from ebay, also the internets)

The Monbulk stuff is what is in the photo - it is new, and I like it as much as the tuff-t stuff from sage, and it is a fair bit cheaper. I think it has a 95% light transmission rate. Obviously I don't know if it will last as long as the sage one.....but for you that probably doesnt matter because you piggies will destroy any cold frames long before the sun does......

I think it is about $11 per meter, and it is 7.5 meters wide (which is pretty wide) and postage for 10 meters is about $20.

oh, and in this photo I am experimenting with using electrical conduit. I think i need to put some reo bar in the ground and put the conduit onto that rather than just pressing it into the ground.......where do I get freecycled reo bar from........





cheers
duckie

Valley View said...

Reo bar is hard to find - but I've been able to get it from allclassifieds in the Building Supplies section before, but you need to be quick. Large construction sites are good as well, just ask, I'm sure you'd ber able to convince tehm to give you some off cuts for free.

I'd use black poly (blue line, but I've seen people use the purple stuff as well) for my supports, you can get the clips to keep the covers on from allsuns.

I think I'll need to make the garden pig proof to solve my problems in that area.

keep up the good work!

WeekendFarmer said...

Hey there. I was inspired by your kiwis and got a male/female pair of plants. Any advice on how to plant them?

Ducks are still not laying : (

Hope you have a blessed weekend!

wf

The Duck Herder said...

HI weekend farmer - I can't believe your ducks arn't laying! Amelia has started already and is well into her laying season........

That is great news about the kiwis....they like LOTs of water, but good drainage. They must not dry out in their first few growing seasons. But they must not have wet feet. They like lots of mulch. They like lots of fertility - nice mature compost etc. They do not like winds very much, and especially don't like hot dry winds. They don't mind cold winters at all.



All things I am sure a weekend farmer can supply in abundance!


but those duckies are naughty -

take care.
Duckiexx

WeekendFarmer said...

yes...naughty ducks..I am bringing out my confit de canard recipe out : )

Valley View said...

I've got some reo you can have - for a smile ;)



BVVF

The Duck Herder said...

SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE SMILE




and a big toothy grin.

yay! Thank you MR BVVF

Valley View said...

I can drop it off next Tuesday evening at your garden plot, probably around 5 -5:30pm, would that suit you??


BVVF

The Duck Herder said...

How marvelous! Unfortunately I will be at yoga on Tuesday Mr BVVF - is there another day you might be in town? I feel it would be nice to be able to offer you at least a cuppa in return!!!

What a lovely farmer you are!

Do we have a bee club coming up soon?

duckie :-)

Valley View said...

email me through my blogt and we'll arrange something, but it'll have to be an afternoon Ms Wong is keeping me busy.


BVVF