Garden Share Collective: June

01 June, 2014

Welcome to this month's installment of Garden Share Collective, where gardeners across the globe share their gardening adventures. Many thanks to Lizzie for putting this all together.


We are officially in Winter. Days are short and I barely see the garden during the working week. A quick apple pick to get a workday snack before I head off to work, or picking in the dark when I get home to grab veg for dinner (I still haven't gotten around to getting one of those head lamp thingies to make picking in the dark easier).

Weekends are where winter gardening is at for me. Not that there is much to do. A bit of a potter around, weed a little, stick a few twigs into the ground to give the peas something temporary to climb up when they get too tall for their current ad hoc twig situation, that's about it.

But I like to garden as much in winter (such a winter as we get here in a temperate climate) as I do in summer. Getting around to any general maintenance and making changes to the garden layout and such is only ever done at this time of year, as in spring, summer and autumn I'm way too busy planting, harvesting and weeding/mulching to do any of that.

Winter is a time for garden contemplation and plans.

Planting

Nothing much here. I planted out my bunching onions (potato onions and shallots), but that's all.

I'll be sowing seeds for my onion crop in the next week or so. 

Harvesting

Surprisingly there is still a lot going on, thanks to the unusually warm May weather.

Capsicums are still coming along in the greenhouse.


There are the usual overwintering crops of carrots and beetroots. I've also got some scorzonera which I'll finally be able to try.

But the real stars at the moment are the brassicas.


The kale have been harvestable for weeks, including these tuscan kales and some red russian kale not pictured.

Cabbages (including these savoys) are starting to form hearts, and the caulis and broccoli and getting nice a big and hopefully will be forming their flowers soon, so I can pick and eat them.

I also have been harvesting miscellaneous things like perpetual spinach and lettuce, as well as stored onions and potatoes and a heap of herbs.

For fruit there are still plenty of apples and the lemon tree is going gangbusters. Lemon curd will need to be made soon. So sad.


To do:
  • Sow onion seeds, then plant out seedlings.
  • Pull out orange trees (which don't seem to happy in their current environs) and replant in wicking pots.
  • Go through seed collection and see if I need (note: need, not want) any extra seeds for summer plantings.

What are your winter gardening plans?

14 comments:

  1. My to do list for June is a long one. But then it is summer for me so that is not too surprising.

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    1. Yes, I did think of northern hemispherers too after I hit post. I'm sure your summer to do list is much longer than mine!

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  2. I NEED my new seeds for my mental health. I want to pull them out of the post box and stroke them. :)

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    1. So true! I just love reading seed catalogues and imagining all the exotic varities I could be growing. Never mind that I would never have time to give them the love and attention they need, nor fit them all into my limited garden space. Ah well. I can dream :)

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  3. it is so hard to keep seeds in the "need" category rather than the '"want" category :-) What is the purpose of the wire you have under the brassica? Have a great month in the garden.

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    1. Absolutely! :)
      The wire is to stop birds from rearranging the mulch I put down, and stop local cats digging up my seedlings when I plant them.
      Have a great month too!

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  4. hi bec! i must admit, it's kinda reassuring reading someone else is limited by the shorter days, as i am! a bit of winter solidarity :-)
    your brassicas are truly magnificent. i am very envious! but my kales seedlings are just beginnign to poke thru.

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    1. Yay for winter solidarity! It's about all winter has going for it. :)
      Cheers - early sowing (Jan/Feb) is key I find. I'm sure yours will catch up though!

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  5. those cabbages are stunning.I too get carried away when it comes time to buying seed, we always give things a go once. Hope you get a head light soon, it helps especially for late night herb missions.

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    1. Cheers.
      I too have bought way too many seeds, just thinking I could try them. I know (a little) better now.

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  6. How do you keep the cabbage moths and their offspring off your brassicas??? They look fantastic!

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    1. Dipel, my friend. Dipel!
      http://www.yates.com.au/whats-new/natures-way-caterpillar-killer-dipel/
      I sprayed them every week or so, when the caterpillar damage became noticeable. And hand squished in between.

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  7. Thanks for the garden update. Hope to see your progress.

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    1. Cheers. The July update won't be far away :)

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