Week 4: Urban Farming

It's been a flowery week in our urban farm. We have lots of gorgeous flowers in bloom and more about to burst out of their buds. I was therefore spoilt for choice when it came to choosing flowers for our weekly arrangement - it will be a very different story in winter, I can assure you. In the end, I settled on snowballs with arching tendrils of banksia rose, and Steve's created a wonderful rustic pedestal using found materials to display the arrangement for photographing.

SnowballArrangement

Courtesy of Steve's hard work creating more infrastructure, we now have a large, new flower bed ready for planting and Hannah and I have been busy propagating summer annuals. This week we've started:

  • Nigella (Love in a mist)
  • Moonflower
  • Edelweiss
  • Sunflowers (Italian and Giant Russian - don't ask me where we're going to plant the latter)
  • Sweet peas (Highly Scented and Painted Lady to drape over the pool fence)
  • White Cosmos
  • Marigold and Nasturtium for companion planting in the vegetable patch
  • Californian Poppy (Jelly Bean and Red Chief - for planting in pots or we'll never be rid of them)
  • Corn Cockle
  • Poached Egglplant
The top photo in this diptych is cause for great excitement in our household. I planted passion fruit vines last spring, taking pains to find a location that would protect against the heavy frosts we get in Canberra. The vines have done well over winter and are now about to fruit.

The top photo in this diptych is cause for great excitement in our household. I planted passion fruit vines last spring, taking pains to find a location that would protect against the heavy frosts we get in Canberra. The vines have done well over winter and are now about to fruit.

Peaches and plums

Peaches and plums

Still on a flower theme, we've planted out delphiniums, blue salvia, foxgloves and coreopsis. We also planted some pansies at the front of Hannah's rose and lavender garden to grace us with colourful blooms while the rest of the garden gets established.

In the vegetable patch, we've planted out a variety of loose leaf lettuces, radishes, beets, lovage, rosemary, tarragon, and another batch of sugar snap peas. I really don't think we can get enough sugar snaps, but at the rate I've been propagating and planting, we'll soon get to test that hypothesis.

And I've had home grown micro greens in my sandwiches all week. Delicious!

Big thanks to Steve for all the awesome photos this week.

Our alpine strawberries are flowering and there's fruit on our cumquat and fig trees

Our alpine strawberries are flowering and there's fruit on our cumquat and fig trees

Granny Smith apple, grapes and passion fruit

Granny Smith apple, grapes and passion fruit