Almost strawberries

25 September, 2011

The strawberries are almost here. Last years' Chandler strawberries have been growing steadily under glass and now have fruit as well as flowers. The runners from the Cambridge Rival's are settling in and starting to grow and a few of those have flowers too, but no fruit as yet. I've also got some Alinta and Hokawase in pots and will see how these go. The 3 year old Red Gauntlet's which I had planned to pull out but never got around to it also have flowers. I didn't think the fruit was that worthwhile last year but now they're flowering I think I'll give them another chance to prove themselves.

The alpine strawberries that were raised from seed in autum this year and cosseted inside through winter have been planted out in the strawberry wall. Blog on this strategy to follow when I see if the idea has paid off or not...

Seedlings everywhere...

10 September, 2011

I have started sowing the first seeds of the season. With my mountain of newspaper pots that I made this week, my organised groups of seeds has gone from this...

to this...

I have planted early sowings of bush beans, cucumber, eggplant, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, watermelon and rockmelon. Still to be sown in pots are artichokes, peppers, tomatoes and corn. Hopefully I will have time to sow them today! But when they are sown I don't think I will have any windowsill space left whatsoever. Ah, well, the cats will have to find somewhere else to sunbake until the plants are big enough to be potted on.

I am about to head out and sow direct some climbing beans, beetroot, carrot, lettuce, spring onion and radish. Please let the rain hold off for a little longer!...

Seeds, seeds, glorious seeds...

06 September, 2011

I FINALLY got my order of seeds today, and so to celebrate I have started laying out my seed collection to date and organizing things ready for the first main sowing of the season.

As you can't see from my gardening book (you will just have to take my word for it) I have a 8 bed/4 year rotating system for the main veg garden. The rest will be incorporated into the ornamental garden both front and backyard. But the main bed system is;
    - Alliums and Root veg: Onions, leeks, garlic, beetroot, carrot, parsnip
    - Corn, then Brassicas: Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale
    - Solanums and Curcubits: Tomato, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, pumpkins, squash
    - Beans and legumes: Climbing beans, french beans, broadbeans, peas

Then other miscelaneous annual veg/fruit go around the ornamental garden including melons (watermelons and rockmelons/cantaulopes), herbs, lettuces and whatever doesn't fit into the main veg patch and I can't bear to waste the seedlings/not grow it. So now I just have to make a mountain of newspaper pots ready for sowing seed this weekend.

Spring has sprung!

04 September, 2011

I have been away in Perth for the last week (work, not pleasure) and before I left everything in the garden still looked like it was winter. But when I got back yesterday there were signs of life everywhere!

The fig has new leaves and the beginnings of baby figs.

The Sundowner apple has been the first cab off the rank to start blooming.

I know this crocus isn't strictly edible (next year I am so getting crocus bulbs from which to harvest saffron!!!) but it was just so pretty I had to include it!

While I was in Perth I came across this fabulous cafe that has an amazing rooftop garden (not to mention pretty good coffee and food) called Greenhouse which made me feel a little more at home.

But now I'm back its back to the garden to sort out some real food. The asparagus has been going great guns (including the fattest spear I've ever seen, and its not even the variety I've got called Fat Bastard - genius name!), rocket continues to shine and today I picked the first of the baby golden beetroot and a sugarbeet, which is a new one for me, but definately something I will continue to grow.

This just reinforces that I've got to get my butt into gear and start the first sewings for some early veg. I've got a couple of tomato seedlings already started, which are just beginning to develop secondary leaves. But I've got to get some seeds organised, make some more newspaper pots and get growing!