Friday, September 27, 2013

When a Seed Grows...

 it is quite exciting!
We have many seedlings popping up in our garden and
it is very rewarding after all our efforts setting up the
garden beds and planting seeds.
We have new basil and beetroot, radish, tomato, pumpkin, cucumber, 
coriander, carrot, lettuce, spinach...
 We decided to trial the half plastic bottle trick with some seedlings
and will see how it goes.
We haven't had much rain so we are using buckets of water from the dam 
along with some tank water to keep these new gardens going until the rains come.

 The toms are growing so fast.
 We have been eating fresh spinach leaves, bok choy, kale and lettuce from
our garden, but it isn't nearly enough as yet to provide all our meals, however
I expect we will gather a lovely Christmas meal from our backyard this year.

 Loving discovering new seedlings popping up in our homemade gardens!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Op Shop Furniture

 We have found the Tip Shop/ Salvos to be 
a great source of materials for our garden beds.
Plus with a bit of sanding and paint we will have some refurbished furniture now too.

Thursday, September 19, 2013


A few weeks ago we planted seeds in seedmix a variety of leftover containers 
and covered them with plastic, watered them everyday and watched them grow.
Now the race is well and truly on, with the Clucker Tucker ready for transplanting and
the others not far off.
I did notice the egg carton seedlings had a little dampening on the edges, so I  removed the plastic cover and it improved.
A few native vines to cover the fences and attract butterflies.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Recycled Garden Beds

We are building more no dig garden beds with recycled materials such as 
old pallets (untreated) and hardwood timber and the old swing set.
The old shed will be reused down the back for the chicken cottage.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Concrete Benchtop Polished and Sealed

 The benchtop was polished with resin pads of varying thicknesses, 
next time we will keep the benchtop hydrated to avoid the hairline cracking hopefully.
The sealing has been a trial and error. 
I wanted water based, low VOC etc this time round, so we used Polyclear , 
which is great on timber or porous concrete, 
but not on marble like finishes such as our finish...
it peeled off completely!
Unlike our other benchtop, 
this one is extremely dense and has a super smooth polished finish, 
so we decided on a water based penetrating sealer, 
like the ones used on marble tops and so far so good.
Now for the splashback and cupboard doors.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Wonky Bean

Is our bean a bit wonky?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Making a Concrete Benchtop - Again

We are making a kitchen benchtop, a white one this time. 
It will be different to the last one, different mix etc, 
but it is coming along, 
we are finishing the grinding and sealer now.

Once again we have sorted the mixed aggregate 
because we could not find pure white smallish rocks that we were happy with.
There were plenty of trials...

 Hopefully it will be finished this weekend.