This is not an Australian species of bee never the less it is welcome in my garden. Recently a group of bees tried to establish a colony in my compost bin but a burst of water was all that was needed to discourage them. They continued to come and pollinate the flowers.
The spring garden flourishes as we reap the benefits not only of on going successive planting of seeds but also of some winter rain. Daily we pick green leafy and root vegetables, broccoli and peas which is sufficient to provide for our daily requirements with some over to share.
The citrus trees have produced well this year. The mandarin tree is close to Chook Heaven and gets small doses of poultry manure all year round.
This seedling is miniscule; it is still pushing up through from the ground.
The children continue to pick and eat the peas raw.
Priscilla lays a large egg with a light coloured shell. Bella lays a much smaller brown egg. Interestingly both eggs have the same sized yolk.
Potatoes will follow the sweet corn. Soil was improved with blood and bone, sheep manure, potash, trace elements and Shades of Green. I tablespoon of super phosphate was scratched in to the bottom of each hole before placing the potatoes in.
June is a good time to plant potatoes. They need to be well watered though out their growth and development .Winter rains provide the most economical way for me to grow this crop..
Sixteen Delaware potatoes were planted.