Sunday, March 15, 2009

My Grandmothers Plants

This is an ecaveria (Hen & Chicken) . My grandmother called this one Ballsom. It is known as vinca these daysand come in more than the Pink and White shades I have.

In my garden I have 2 plans that My Grandmother (my Mums Mother) always had in her gardens, where ever she may have been living. She took these plants with her whenever the family moved house or to another town. The plants I have are from the plants My Grandmother carried with her over many years. I have had mine for 45 years now and hope that they will continue in my Garden for as long as I have a garden.

Fruit Fly

Anyone who grows Tomato or fruit will understand the problem Fruit Fly can cause. They spoil what might have been wonderful food.
I have been looking for something that really tackles them without pestacides. I am hoping I have the answer.
Through word of mouth I have discovered a Fruit Fly trap bait that seems to attract the little blitters. I have made my own traps from recycled honey jars. (You can buy the bottles but at $6.50 each they soon run into money, when you need a few.) The bait is rather expensive at $51.50 for 5 litres; however, if it does the job and gets rid of the menace it is not really costly.
This is probably a free add for the manufacturer, but the more fly that is trapped the better for everyone. It is Fruit Fly Bait, Wild May Essestial Oils, Pty. Ltd.
I have had the traps up for 1 week. Here are the results.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Historic Day

Yesterday was a very Historic Day for everyone that lives along our street. After many years of travelling into town on a very rough and corrigated dirt road, we were surprised to find the Council Workmen and all their vehicles on our street yesterday afternoon. They were there to lay Bitumen.
It was enough to make everyone smile. It is great to be able to drive on a sealed road now. The job of laying the tar did not take very long, as the forming of the road was done several weeks ago. One workman on a tractor swept the road while the water truck followed on behind. The the tar truck did his bit with the blue metal truck finishing off the job. The result of their effort - a sealed road . The photo shows the bitumen only goes as far as our turn off.