tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, June 9th, 2017 03:25 pm
It's a long weekend - Friday through to Monday - and I seriously have nothing planned, apart from two appointments on Saturday morning and church on Sunday night.

This is almost unprecedented.

Of course, I have things to do.

Quilting things, writing things...

I'd like to go see Wonder Woman again.

I need to get out in the garden and pull up the last tomatoes, harvest the last basil, clear the pumpkin vines, and put in all the seedlings I planted a couple of months ago which seem otherwise to not be growing any larger.

Mulch and spray all the fruit trees.

Trim the rose, mulch around it, build compost for raspberry canes to be planted in late winter.

Also, order in all the fruit and nut trees for the coming summer and the fencelines.

Of course, it's going to be a cool and rainy weekend according to forecast. Which can be considered a good thing when we're talking about transplanting seedlings.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Saturday, May 13th, 2017 12:29 am
Still getting late summer crops - mostly eggplants and tomatoes, although the pumpkins are taking their time, and I'm leaving one zucchini in to get the seeds from it (although it's not a particularly prolific or even tasty zucch).

Need to pick the basil, b/c that stuff is gone kind of crazy.

Have been eating the summer raab broccoli (non-heading, like the Chinese gai-lan vegies) and bok choy. Not convinced on the tatsoi, although it's growing pretty well.

There's a chilli plant that's got a few chillis on it, although I'm not much of one for chillis and my mothers grow so much nicer and fiercer!

Still much planting out to be done. Winter here isn't as harsh as most people experience it - the temp gets down to 0C and there can be frost, but sometimes you can grow things in spite of the frost.

garden - quite a few photos )

Otherwise, I've planted winterveg, and gotten some seedlings out into the garden. Cabbages, caulis, raab broccoli, and brussel sprouts, are in the garden, and wombok and bok choy are in seedling pots (must plant them out). Coriander is growing in little containers, and the garlic has shooted. I need to plant the rest of the garlic - that's to happen next week. I was also planning to try to grow some ginger and turmeric, because those are horrendously expensive to buy and apparently very simple to grow. I just need to do something about it...

I have planter bags for the seed potatoes I've ordered, and I'm making compost as fast as the pile will heat up! I may need to go scavenging for further sources of green mulch, though - my one bin a month is becoming somewhat paltry, and I would really love several bins which I could turn over into each other as they decompose... I probably wouldn't have the energy to do it, though.

I've gotten a lot more out of the garden this year - and a lot more experience and understanding of things I need to do. I still don't quite have the space for everything I want - or, at least, I haven't properly organised it so I do - but we'll get there eventually...
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Saturday, April 15th, 2017 05:55 pm
(ie. the post that I lost earlier today)

I want a better app than Gardenate, which has some useful features, but doesn't really do quite what I need.

- list what I've planted (type, variety, location in garden, and time of planting), note how it's going, when I've fertilised it, and see how it compares to the 'recommended' time before harvest
- lists the moon planting cycles as well as when to plant for my climate region
- store seed notes (type, variety, year saved/bought, expiry year)
- be able to set up bed locations and suggest what to plant next in those locations

There are probably other things that I've forgotten from when I typed up this morning - it was a much longer post. This'll probably get edited as time goes on.
tielan: (Merlin - gwen)
Friday, April 7th, 2017 01:33 pm
I just spent three hours in the garden.

I was not expecting time to pass quite that quickly.

On the plus side, I got the seedlings transplanted and covered up for the first day in the sun (so they don't transpire so much), moved the smaller seedlings to larger seedling pots or planter trays, and prepped the seed trays for seeds.

I want more bok choy and asian greens, cabbage and cauliflower, and, oh, it's time to plant peas (sugarsnap and snow) for the end of winter, isn't it?

Interesting. This planting guide for Sydney says to plant sweet corn in April! Full sun, of course...

I wonder if I should try planting it in the front bed where the fruit trees are. There's probably space. Hm. It would need extra nutrients and mulching, but I've got a decent amount of worm castings and quite a bit of compost... Might give it a try. Depends on whether we have a cold or a mild winter. Last year was cold. Year before was mild. At the worst, it won't grow or it'll grow stunted.

The front bed (about a month ago):

Garden, March 2017

You can't actually see the space where I'd plant the corn, but it's kind of next to and around the big tree. The tricky part is mostly that I'm planning to take the citruses out and plant them along the front yard fence, with the intent of turning them into a kind of fruit orchard screen.

Better look up 'moving citrus trees'. And be prepared to buy more trees if necessary...
tielan: (SGA - Ronon)
Friday, April 7th, 2017 09:25 am
It's kind of nice not having to go to work. However, the mortgage and the bills loom.

I'm thinking about taking up aged care with a local Christian organisation to have something in the gap. It's not what I'd prefer, but it would be income. I've done 'in between' work before - mostly office management for a week or two while someone was on vacation - but aged care is new. It wouldn't be actual carer stuff, because that's best done by people who know what they're doing. It'd just be cleaning houses and bathrooms, which is not something I like doing.

In the meantime, I have to remember not to keep spending like I have disposable income.

It's kind of difficult; right now, everything is ON SALE! I have already bought much fabric and many clothing patterns and I must keep myself from buying more.

My current table of non-quilty WIPs:

too many things )

One lined dress, one pair of shorts in voile, and the Fireside Bowl bag (pattern by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness in her Big City Bags book).

That's not counting the two quilts I need to make by May for the Sydney Quilt Show...


But today, I have to get some winter veg out into the garden - broccoli, cabbage, caulis, and brussel sprouts. Or, if they're still seedlings, I need to get them into a planter box so they can grow a little larger and have a chance against the slugs that have begun to invade the place again.

tielan: (PacRim - Mako)
Saturday, March 25th, 2017 03:43 pm
September 2016:
Garden, spring 2016

March 2017:
Garden March 2017

Okay, so granted quite a lot of that is summer growth and the verdancy granted by three weeks of near-constant rain in 25-35 degree temps, (also, a new phone) but still!

I guess the big question will be what it looks like in September 2017... Hopefully it's looking even more crazily growth-fuelled...
tielan: (don't mess with)
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 08:53 am
It's been a week of doing more off-line than online.

Hockey's started up, social things are getting back into the swing, and there's all manner of things to get involved in.

There's the NoMuslimBan march tomorrow in Martin Place for I need to make a pussy-hat, or else a pussy-hat flag. I'm not sure I have the energy to make either right now...

There's the End 12 movement, which is pushing for the decriminalisation of abortion in NSW (it's already been decriminalised in Victoria and SA).

And there's a project from Milkwood.net, an Australian permaculture/homesteading site, about making a Feral Fruit Map of my locality. I've noticed more than one lilly pilly hedge within a few streets of mine, although I'm not sure how the neighbours at #1 would like people collecting the passionfruit off the vine on the fence between their property and the park at the end of the street...

Oh, and quilting. The race is on to get two quilts sufficiently completed to the point where I can submit photos of the tops and say "this is what I've got planned, and this is what I've done so far".

Duct Tape Galaxy Quilt: a dark side, a light side, and it holds the universe together... )
tielan: (love)
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 08:27 am
When we were in Year 6, my school did a musical - Noah and his fabulous floating ark, obviously about the Biblical flood.

I can still sing the songs. (I have a pretty good memory for songs.)
Forty days at sea! How the timbers shudder!
God has promised me He will be our rudder -
But I hope he won't hear when I wish that I were dead!
With the rain steady drumming on the roof above my head...
The raindrops drumming overhead!


So, after a couple of ridiculously hot days (40C) we're back in rainy summer territory where the temp doesn't drop below 22C and it's grey and nearly constantly rainy. Of course, we're headed for another scorcher on the weekend.

(Honestly, there is definitely something going on with the climate - and yes, this is anecdata, but all the scientific data is backing us up on this; our temperatures are getting more extreme, and the icy parts of the planet are getting smaller. Is it fixable at this point? Sadly, the truth is probably not. Too much money, too much greed, too much "God has made us to trample this world beneath our feet" and not enough "God made us to be caretakers of the world which He owns, and that means not burning the damn thing to the ground!" But I digress.)

A friend has a racing carnival going on, inland, NSW plains, and the temperature is due to hit 44C. It's a baked land, and it's definitely going to be baking. (If they have solar panels and solar batteries out there, they're going to be set for, oh, at least through to midwinter. And, frankly, if they don't have solar panels and solar batteries out there...I got nothing. Seriously.)

My garden, however, seems to be doing quite well:

garden photos )
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 07:31 am
I have too many things to do right now.

  • Get my resume out. I need to restructure it, because 20 years of work at a dozen different clients is a bad and brain-blowing way to try to inform someone of your skillsets. On the other hand, I made the recruiter I saw yesterday laugh when I noted that I'd been working with this system for two decades and was practically an 'old lady of SAP'. (Note: I look like I'm in my late 20s, so most people boggle when I talk about being middle aged, let alone 'old'.)

  • Contact former co-workers asking if they know anyone who's looking for contractors.

  • Sort out present for younger stepbro with whom we are having 'Christmas Dinner' on Monday. Also possibly sort out present for older stepbro and wife.

  • Sort out presents for my cousins' kids. Six of them: five are receiving quilts - the youngest is 2 and probably won't appreciate one just yet; I'll give him a couple of years. I have at least two that need quilting and I can get those done reasonably fast - no fancy quilting, just the standard fiery curls.

  • make up fliers for New Years Eve street party: apparently I'm the only one who's willing to do it - park down the road, people bring a dish, the kids run around screaming, it's all good. If the worst comes to the worst we can probably hold it at our house. Or possibly at the house of the guy down the road who's just sold his place...

  • call endodontist: I'm going to have the RC redone, even though I suspect the tooth will eventually have to come out. A friend had the same symptoms that I did, but her tooth ached and ached and ached and ached until it went nuclear and HURT LIKE THE FUCKING GET ME TO HOSPITAL. I don't know that I want to wait that long (although it might turn out cheaper)

  • garden things: I want to grow ALL THE THINGS. Right now, the tomatoes are going off (they always do) the early corn I planted is rotting with only one decent cob in a planting of about 20, and has been significantly overtaken by the later corn. I need to plant another set. I have a capsicum that is doing nicely, a brussels sprout that probably isn't going to make it through the summer, and a couple of eggplants that are doing their level best to grow as fast as possible. Oh, and an oakleaf lettuce that's gone a little monster.

  • fruit trees: grargh argh. don't even ask.

  • yuletide: haven't even started, although I got a missing piece of the puzzle last night, so that's helpful.

  • captain hill secret santa: no idea what i'm going to write for this - do I write one of my existing plotbunnies even if it gives me away? Or do I start something entirely new?

  • treats and stockings and whatnot: [community profile] fandom_stocking | [community profile] chocolateboxcomm are up and running, and I have a dozen YT treats and no time or brain to write them...

  • I know that technically, not working should give me more time to do this. But it's that whole 'expanding resources' paradox that some of us experience; we always overbook ourselves, whether the resource is time, money, or justice for the world. (Ironically, miserly people in mind are also miserly in money, time, and justice for the world. It's like it's not how much money or security you have, it's whether you're capable of decency in the first place, and then you'll use your resources accordingly...)

  • gifts: for my bible study ladies, for my spiritual mentor, for various friends...

  • cards: gotta get these out, dammit ( I do this every year.)
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Saturday, June 4th, 2016 10:24 pm
Storm warnings all along the east coast, from southern QLD to northern VIC. I guess this is making up for the extremly mild and dry May that we had? Sudden cold front, plus RAIN for the next week, and maybe there'll be an ark or two somewhere in the mix?

The concern isn't that it's a big storm, the concern is that it's a big storm on pretty much a 1400km front - 850 miles for the Yanks - the length of the NSW coast.

At any rate, it's gonna be a mighty wet night. (Boy am I glad we had the laundry roof fixed back in March.)

I kind of wish I'd planted some seedlings before all this rain started. Then again, they'd probably just get washed away... Hopefully this rain will suitably drench the tranplanted avocado that's not doing too well right now... :(
tielan: Wonder Woman (LBD - lizzie)
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 08:01 pm
So summer is done gone, I have two pumpkins, assorted corn, a lot of tomatoes (mostly wormy), and the eggplants and capsicums/peppers are going great guns.

The onions and shallots I planted from kitchen cuttings are going well, the leeks from winter are still going, and I think I should have some potatoes, although probably not many and not very large. But I seem to by and large suck at growing green leafy vegies.

The winter is for root crops: beetroot and carrot and onion and suchlike. Not sure how well they'll grow; guess I'll find out.

And I have to resist buying 'fruit tree packs' from the nursery whose email updates I get. So damn tempting, because I always wanted to pull up the fence, and plant a line of trees between the front yard and the street path...

Must resist. Maybe next year.
tielan: (SGA - Teyla 2)
Saturday, January 9th, 2016 08:08 pm
[personal profile] sixbeforelunch asked: Gardening. How did you get started? What do you most enjoy growing? Any memorable successes or failures?

My mother was a gardener in her spare time; she pottered around, growing a variety of ornamental plants and flowers. Succulents and ferns were particular favourites of hers, but she was never into vegetable gardening.

I was *handwobble* about gardening until I hit about 20, and a friend loaned me a book by an Australian, Linda Woodrow's book Permaculture Home Garden in which she described herself as a hippie who wanted a way to stretch her household budget, a less energy-intense way of living, and food that hadn't been sterilised, poisoned, or otherwise meddled with to grow. It revolutionised the way I thought about food and gardening. From that point on, I wanted a garden like that.

long story short )

Things I need to do for the garden during January
1. make a planting plan - when to plant and where.
2. add more perennials - things that don't need planting every where - plant once, repeat harvest.
3. make some really good, rich compost - the banana and the avocados are going to need it
4. plant potatoes, garlic, and other bulbs for winter/early spring next year.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 11:38 am
A quilt top to be made this weekend: 3:10 to Mendocino

Parentals are coming for dinner, and I'm going to cook up the garden vegies I haven't yet managed to eat: broccoli leaves, swiss chard, and some of my new potatoes.

One of the problems with chard is that I'm not entirely sure what to do with it - it wasn't a staple of my childhood vegies, so I've never really cooked with it before. However, I planted a couple of seeds out and the things have gone monster-sized, sprouting leaves all over the place.

So I'm going to try this recipe: Swiss Chard With Honey Roasted Garlic.

Current garden pic:

Garden in October

Yes, it's a mess. no, I haven't worked out if I'm planting in circles or rows right now. But I'll need to work that out pretty fast because the cucumbers and pumpkin seeds have sprouted and are well on their way to CRAZY. The tomatoes, too - I swear, every tomato seed in my compost has geminated. EVERY TOMATO SEED.

Ideally, I'd really like to grow them up the trellis over the driveway...the one that doesn't yet exist because the builder hasn't gotten back to us. I might have to drop him another text and see where our quote's gone.
tielan: (cat01)
Thursday, September 24th, 2015 09:58 am
Hello mister bee! I'm so glad you like my borage! Please, come again later this season when I shall have many blossoms wanting pollination... #gardenofsel #garden

And as a gardener, I'm quite okay with that.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Monday, September 14th, 2015 06:14 am
There are just so many things to do and not enough time to do them.

a practical acquaintance with bees is at 28K and I still haven't reached the halfway point. *shudder* It was supposed to be for the [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang but I couldn't promise it was going to be finished by then - incidentally, [livejournal.com profile] geckoholic, that's the same fic I sent you for the [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang which also never got off the ground.

Sokovia, Suburbia, and the Senate is 1/4 through at around 10K. The premise is all laid out, the stage set, the characters firmly positioned. The next 1/4 of the story is the relationship development.

and all the small stuff, the end of year exchanges, and the state of the profic )

So that's the writing front - crazy, eh?

Let's not even count all the things I want to do in the garden now that it's SPRING. (And it's definitely spring: my tulips say so!

I left in winter and come back to SPRING! #gardenofsel #garden

My mother's assistance in the garden has been...mixed useful. On the positive side, I have four holes in my garden right now, and many fruit trees in which to put them. On the negative side, she and her gardener weeded out all my orchard groundcover...


This week, I'm going to dig up spaces and plant a lot of quick-growing greens for the spring/early summer salads. I probably should have planted them out before this, but I was lazy before I went away in August and this is the result.

Quilting...I have two things with a deadline, one which is a class, and four things that I want to get done before the end of the year. And that's the 'easy' list.

Why are there so many things to do? Why?

And today I'm back to work after four weeks off. I'm dreading to discover what client I'll end up at...
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Monday, July 27th, 2015 03:28 pm
I didn't get quite everything I wanted done over the weekend. For instance, I didn't get a quilt top done like I was planning.

But I did get three episodes of Agents of SHIELD, and would have done more if not for the blip in programming, whereby 2.07 didn't seem to be available on any of my usual sites. (Yes, I've since bought it - and the entire season - from iTunes.) Given how carefully everything is structured, I imagine that watching 2.08 without watching 2.07 will occasion lots of "WTF, mate?"

Not sure I can use Bobbi in the section of fic I was planning to utilise her; I don't think the timelines work - I had the same problem with Natasha, Melinda, and Victoria Hand. I could probably use either Isobelle Hartley or Sharon Carter in a pinch...

Need to get some serious writing done on that story(for [livejournal.com profile] marvel_bang). Also: Sokovia, suburbia, and the Senate where Steve is accustoming himself to being normal again.

And I need to get some serious dressmaking done...


I did some nursery shopping on the weekend, too; we now have a banana tree which I planted out on the weekend and several more asparagus which need to go into the ground pretty soon.

I think I've got the backyard worked out - more orchard and perennial with limited annual beds for the time being. It mostly remains to be seen how difficult it is to eradicate the nut-grass which keeps popping up without spraying everything in sight. Not sure if now is a good time to contemplate keeping chickens while trying to manage everything else...

At least work has been productive today: got the two outstanding pieces of work done, even if I may not be back tomorrow. According to resourcing and the Account Manager, I wasn't even supposed to be here today! If nobody tells me otherwise, I'm not coming in tomorrow!
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 10:13 am
I need a garden icon.

Things are happening!

It's the change of the seasons, which means the bounty of summer is over and we're looking at getting ourselves through the winter.

I did some major work on Sunday, and there are guys coming on Thursday to clear the little red 'lava' rocks out of the front bed and shove it in a dumpster we've hired for a few days.

Anyway, the garden photos.

progression of a garden )

Our winters in Sydney are pretty mild - the temperature can go down to freezing overnight, but it's above during the day (if only 5C) so greens should do pretty well.

The plan is to have no shortage of greens this winter, and to minimise buying.
tielan: (Elementary)
Thursday, February 26th, 2015 02:28 pm
Plantings today
- silverbeet
- leeks
- spring onion
- broccoli
- cauliflower
- peas

I'm debating whether I should try for one more crop of corn this season. It took...four months for the last crop? From late September through to mid-Jan. Which means I'd be looking at...June? Maybe? Unless I cloched them and kept them cloched for pretty much the first month. Might work...

Plantings next week:
- beetroot
- carrot
- parsnip
- radish
- swedes
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Monday, February 23rd, 2015 01:26 pm
It's a mess and not everything is as productive as I'd like, but it's a beautiful green mess and it's so much fun!

View of the garden facing east:
Garden February 2015

the full garden talkabout, for those who like green things )
tielan: Wonder Woman (LBD - lizzie)
Thursday, January 8th, 2015 08:34 am
A quickie update on the garden, because a lot has changed:

This was the garden at the start of December when [livejournal.com profile] crazy4orcas inquired about my ideal garden:

four beds

And this is the garden from the same point one month later:

Garden in January

As you can see, the corn has taken off, the zucchinis and tomatoes are taking over the beds, and I've made several other composts in the ensuing weeks. Lots of growing things, including plenty of zucchini flowers that are DELICIOUS when stuffed and fried:

The fabulous zucchini brothers

In the next month, there should be more zucchini, cucumbers, capsicum, and tomatoes.

This has been the easy phase, when everything is new and obvious and simple. (And I had lots of time in which to garden!) Now the trickier parts turn up - managing pests, and soil fertility, what to do about the pumpkin that wants to grow its way across my lawn, and when should I start cutting back the tomato (omg, it's gone crazy and is trying to take over the garden!). And how the hell do you tell when you pick the corn after the slugs have eaten the silks? (They were fertilised before, and I now have a slug trap in place now, but still...)

Going to need to do some thinking/planning in the next couple of days for the next phase of the garden - getting the fruit trees in position - particularly in the front yard.