Tuesday, 30 June 2015

New family member - Baby boy :)

Sorry I haven’t been updating the blog as much as I would like. However we would love to introduce the newest member of our family, who was born a few weeks ago. Hopefully I will be writing more blog entries on our new baby boy :)

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

How to grow Pumpkins

Growing a pumpkin is easy, fun and rewarding. Pumpkins make a tasty and nutritious addition to many meals and are relatively easy to grow in the home garden. Most pumpkin varieties take between 85 - 125 days to mature. Most of the heirloom and larger varieties take longer to ripen.

Pumpkin vines need fertile, compost-rich, well-drained soil in full sun and are most easily grown as ground-cover plants. Plant your seeds 5cms deep and it should sprout in 7 - 10 days. If you have compost available, work some into the soil before planting. The compost will help to keep weeds down and retain moisture.

 
Pumpkins are very frost sensitive. In temperate Australia plant or sow outside after the last frost. If you are in climate with a short growing season you can start your seeds indoors or in a greenhouse. Choose an area that gets full sun.

 
Choose a spot in your garden or flower bed where you can plant your seed roughly at the centre of where you expect the vines to spread. The vines get quite long and need room to grow with good drainage. Pumpkin seed needs a soil temperature of 20˚C for germination. 
 
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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Bella’s favourite soft toys

Bella our golden retriever turns 5 next week and we thought we would share her favourite toys with you.
It is a small Labrador puppy soft toy. I bought it for her as a puppy, as buying it helped raise money for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia.
 
She is like most dogs and instantly loves any soft toys that she is given. Bella also loves to steal Joshua’s soft toys when she is unsupervised that he leaves on the ground. This results in me having to wash his soft toys quite often.  
I recently made her lots of homemade dog treats for her birthday. Here is the link to the recipes. This is the jar in our laundry that I store the treats in.
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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

How to grow camellias

 
Camellias offer striking green foliage with brightly coloured blooms that make them one of the mainstays of the year-round garden. Like many landscape shrubs, there are thousands of cultivated camellia varieties and hybrids. Here’s what you need to know to grow this nearly carefree shrub.
 
Camellias are moderate drinkers and not particularly drought-tolerant, although older plants are more adaptable. Keep camellias watered, but not soggy. Water deeply to encourage deeper, more drought-tolerant roots. Water well before a hard freeze to prevent cold damage. Over-watering can be just as harmful as under-watering so caution is always advised.

 
Camellias need to be planted a little high, so that the top of the root ball is level with the surface of the soil. This helps water drain away from the trunk.
Flower buds can be nipped by frost, so later-blooming varieties may do better in colder areas. They like semi-shade or full shade. They are often grown in the light shade of tall, deep-rooted trees. Here is another tree in the backyard near the bungalow.

Feeding should be done each spring, just as the camellia has finished flowering and new growth has started to appear. After they finish blooming, feed camellias lightly with a balanced fertilizer, or with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants. Use fertilizer sparingly as camellias do not require a lot of extra food.

 
Camilla like well-drained acidic soil that are not waterlogged. Add plenty of organic matter to the planting hole to improve drainage.  I just love when the petals fall onto our pathways!

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Saturday, 13 June 2015

Play theme: food toys

 Recently we god the boys some material toys that are shopping baskets and food items. They are material so can easily be washed if they get dirty. Here is a close up of the items. They love playing shopping together! 
 


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