Garden Share Collective: February...

02 February, 2014

Yay - I have joined Garden Share Collective, a place where like minded veggie gardeners can show off and see each others garden shenanigans.


At the moment it still feels like so many summer crops are not quite hitting their strides, even though we are almost at the tail end of summer. I think many plants have been held back by the mad heat waves and 40 + degree days we have been having. Although I will say it seems the garden is holding up better now than it was a month or so ago. Or maybe I'm just immune to wilting leaves and scorched fruits. Who knows...

Planting:

Not a hell of a lot. I've transplated a gooseberry, red currant and white currant and don't know if they will survive.

If I get my act together I will be planting some brassica seeds for winter crops. But I've been meaning to do that for the last three weeks at least. No brassica seeds sown yet. 

Harvesting:

Tomatoes (though lots still remain annoyingly green),



cucumbers, the ever prolific zucchini (finally after 3 years of attempts I have a successful yellow zucchini plant),





potatoes, salad leaves, corn looks almost ready,


and lastly onions are drying for storage.


To Do List:
  • PLANT BRASSICA SEEDS!!!
  • Water. Lots.
  • Think about how I can work wicking beds into the current garden layout.
  • Get more compost delivered in anticipation of growing brassica plants needing planting out.
  • Harvest and store parsnip and celery seeds before it seeds itself.

So that is February for my garden. How is yours going?



16 comments:

  1. Loving the look of your garden! I'm especially jealous of your tomatoes actually ripening. I've had green ones on my plant for what feels like months (but is actually only weeks. but still!).

    Your yellow zucchini looks pretty spiffy, too. Well done on finally getting one to grow!

    There's a few of us doing a "succession planting Tuesday" group - it's a great way to actually remember to do things like plant brassica seeds. Feel free to come join it. It's mostly through www.500m2.com, but a whole bunch of us piggy back along ;)

    - Christine

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    1. Cheers! I have observed 500m2's succession planting Tuesday from afar, but just haven't quite yet made the leap to joining in. Who knows, today might be the day.

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  2. i second how spikky that yellow zuchini is - i can just imahienthin ribbons of that coboned with the usual dark green ones to make a wonderful dinner. and a few of your tomatoes tossed in. delicious.
    now, go plant your brassicas! ;-)

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    1. Yes, they do look spectacular.
      Yes, I will! :)

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  3. i meant spiffy, not sure where spikky came from. obviously i was dazzled by the yellow colour :-)

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    1. :) spiffy/spikky - either way it sounds good

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  4. I've found this year really challenge - I think it is the constant temperature spikes but perhaps its just me. My eggplants and capsicums/chilies still look a really long way off and many of my tomato plants never really established themselves properly (although for this I blame the chooks digging around their roots). I have cucumbers which is good but the climbing beans stopped producing during our first heatwave and don't seem to want to recover. I do have a few pumpkins set though so perhaps it will be a bountiful Autumn instead.... I like your yellow zuke very much.

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    1. No, it's not just you! My eggplants and peppers/capsicums are sooooo sloooooow. I have flowers on one eggplant, but that's about it. Like you cucumbers are doing well, but my pumpkins are in a spot that is too sunny I think and they haven't done so well. Ah well, it's all a learning curve.

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  5. I'm glad I'm not the only one who is finding this year challenging! Despite the weather challenges your harvests look wonderful - congrats. That yellow zucchini in particular looks very healthy! Does it taste the same as green zucchini?

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    1. Yes, we are all int the same crap gardening weather year together! ;)
      I haven't really been paying particular attention to the taste compared to regular zuke, but will be more conscious this week and report back.

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  6. Thats a nice harvest of onions, I am so looking forward to growing my own this year. I hope to see your brassica seedlings next month ;-)

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    1. Cheers. I was hoping for a years worth of onions, but a lot didn't bulb out all that well. My fault as I was very poor at thinning the seedlings.
      I'm sure there will be brassica seedlings. I've committed myself, and now have to follow through! :)

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  7. Great work this month with the heat. What variety of tomato is that in the first picture? Looks great. My larger varieties are still miles off, not sure if I'm going to get any at all at this rate.

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    1. Thanks. I have no idea what variety they are as they were a gift from my neighbour Tim. Most of mine are ages off too, so you're not alone!

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  8. I am impressed with your yellow zucchinis! I tried and failed this year (10 days of 40+ heat didn't help), but plan to try and succeed next year :)

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    1. Cheers! No, those temps don't help at all! Good luck for the next season.

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