Some serious garden renovation

We have two vegetable garden beds and they have not been producing as well as they should and we had finally decided that the reason for that is the invasion of roots from the pittosporum hedge.

I have completely dug up one bed and am now in the process of doing the same to the second bed.  It has taken a great deal of hard work to dig down deep and remove all the offending roots.  It is amazing that the roots have penetrated all the way along the bed from the hedge to the other end.  It was a miracle that anything had managed to grow at all although weeds seem to have no difficulty.

You can see from this shot that I am about half way along the second bed so I should get it finished in another day.

I have now completed the digging and have managed to get some seedlings and seeds planted.  I also transplated some of my strawberry plants.  I reduced the number of plants by about half.  I also transplanted the parsley and it seems to be doing fine.  Those are peas under the netting as we have an issue with bower birds eating our plants.


Some sensible street planting

After I came out of the gym this morning I noticed that the garden beds in the main street were looking particularly good.  We have beautiful central plantings in the main street of Bairnsdale and it is a credit to the council workers employed to look after the gardens.

Often there are beds with colourful flowers but those beds are interspersed with vegetable beds.  Last year there were some lovely colourful cabbages in a display along with parsley and silverbeet.

This year this is one of the beds.

Here is a closer view.

Citizens are able to make use of the produce when it is harvested as they can collect it from the shire offices.  A great initiative.