Monthly Archives: September 2013

Quote of the Day: 12th September 2013

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iPhone App of the Day: Gardenate

Gardenate

Once again this is a paid app and will set you back $1.99.  However for the keen veggie gardener it is certainly a worthwhile investment.  I have been using this app for a couple of years now.  This app is easy to navigate and is great to keep on hand while you are out in the garden.

This application is great in its simplicity.  However I will share some screen shots.  Once you have your temperature zone (Adelaide is temperate) worked out everytime you press the icon on your phone it will give you a list of plants that you can grow for that month.  Plus with a swipe either way of your phone you can see what should have been planted last month and what can be planted next month.

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Once you have selected what type of plants you would like to grow the app will give you more detail on the plants.  It will give you information such as when to grow, any special instructions in regard to growing, crop rotation details and compatability with other plants.

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The app also has tools such as a garden diary (My Garden), an area to enter other notes and an extensive plant list with plant details.

As previously stated this app is a must for every keen kitchen gardener with a smartphone.

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Buying the app…

iPhone Gardenate

Android Gardenate

Supporting website Gardenate

Spring Has Sprung…

Well it’s that time of year when the garden starts to come to life.  Not sure if I speak only for myself but like the garden I start to come out of hibernation and really start to enjoy the sunshine and the garden.

My Dutch Irises have come to life in the front garden.  They look absolutely stunning.  I have managed to even plant some broccoli and zucchini in the front yard.  Much to my fiancé’s dismay.  He’s not quite convinced vegetables belong in the front garden.  I personally don’t believe there are any hard and fast rules on where vegetables (or even fruit) can and cannot be planted.

Dutch Irises

So in the backyard I have set up a new compost bin.  It’s the first time I have used a commercial bought bin.  I suppose I will be able to let you know how it all works soon enough.

The most exciting thing is my eggplants.  I have my first eggplant and I can’t wait to be able to start picking.  The type I am growing is a heirloom variety called Listada Di Gandia.  I have grown these plants by seed and planted last season and have survived the winter.

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A quick update on the garlic… It’s not happening!  I think Diesel just had too much fun with it.  However I have plenty of herbs – oregano, parsley, thyme, mint (found out I have a summer variety and it is starting to shoot), bay and I still have some basil growing.  My chilli plants have also survived the winter months.

I am so looking forward to the next couple of months.  I want to make sure I can get as much as possible into the ground.  It may also give me some welcome stress relief as my wedding day is not far around the corner now.