"Like many others, I believe that the most significant causes of ill health are lack of exercise and inferior food." ~ Peter Cundall
I have just been reading about Peter Cundall's garden, in an old issue of the Organic Gardening magazine (July/August 2010) and how he started out on his acreage property with a bare paddock of impoverished soil. This makes me pause and reflect on our property with its paddock's of impoverished soil, which in its natural state lacks both nutrients and soil life.
I read on to find that Peter's soil is a fine, clay-based grey loam, that was well draining though impoverished. My soil is mostly sandy and water repellent.
I was interested to read when they bought the house and property in 1980 it cost $41 000 and they paid it off in eight months. Now that is no mean feat considering that wages in 1980 were way lower than they are today.
The average summer temperatures in the Tamar Valley where Peter bought his property are about 24 degrees dropping to 15 degrees celsius, at night. Where I live our winter temperatures are about 22 - 24 degrees during the day and about 9 to 12 at night. So the summer temperature range in that part of the country is roughly the same as our winter. Interesting.
Last month when I wrote "In my garden" we were experiencing a prolonged dry spell. Well as you know the dry spell was well and truly broken. In all our property received 232 mm which was more than enough to fill our tanks and dam. Quite a wondrous total rainfall for the first month of winter which is part of our dry season.
This month in the orchard I would like to apply sulphate of
potash to my mango trees. It is my understanding that this adds potassium which strengthens plant cell walls and helps make the trees resistant to anthracnose. I will also check the citrus trees for scale and if it is present spray with white oil.
In the veggie garden I am hoping to plant some beetroot, parsnip, silverbeet and lettuce. I would like to take one or two of my strawberry runners and plant them on, and separate my garlic chives so I have more growing throughout the garden.
I am planning on working on this ornamental garden this month; weeding, aerating the soil, light pruning adding some blood and bone, mulching with lucerne and then putting manure pellets for slow release feeding. I have some ornamental cuttings that I would like to plant out in the garden too.