Garden Share Collective: August

04 August, 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.


My garden isn't looking all that different from a month ago.

Although yesterday morning we had the first frost of winter, which necessitated taking pretty pictures of frost covered plants.




I actually don't mind the cold. It means more chilling hours for my apples, pears, peaches and plums.

But it does mean that any gardening is done around the middle of the day when the sun has had time to warm the garden a little. And I'm wearing about five layers of clothing. At least.

Luckily one of the most pressing gardening tasks for this time of year is seedling sowing. Which can be done indoors. Yay. Which leads me to:

Planting

I planted my tomato seeds this weekend just gone.


I will blog in more detail about this later in the week.

I also have onion seedlings raised from seed which I will need to plant out into the garden in the next few weeks.

Harvesting

Again, not much different from last month. Plenty of cabbages and kale is ongoing.


This is a pretty representative sample of current harvests:


Veg not pictured but also harvested include lettuce, beetroots, carrots, lemons.

Fruit from the garden is limited to apples.


Only four Sundowner apples left.

I'm almost harvesting peas.


And there is a single very proactive asparagus spear.


To do:
  • Plant onion seedlings.
  • Sow seeds of eggplant and peppers/capsicums.
  • Hibernate.
How is your garden going this August?



14 comments:

  1. the frost is pretty, isn't it bek? i tell myself it is good for the kale, as that's supposed to improve after a good frost. so mine is on the way to being amaaaaazing :-)
    i'm envious of the peas especially. peas are the taste of summer.

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    1. It is indeed. I also tell myself its good for the kale, and cabbages, and parsnips. Mine will be less amazing with our only two frosts so far, but should still be improved. :)

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  2. Your garden looks very productive. I am planning to plant my tomatoes at the end of the month, it is a milestone in the gardening year isn't it - the hope of things to come :-)

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    1. Cheers! Tomatoes are indeed the gardening milestone by which everything else is set. I don't care what month it is, only whether it's warm enough to get them into the ground outside. Hopefully that point won't be too far away.

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  3. I love those photos of cabbages in the frost. Cabbages are such pretty plants.

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    1. Cheers. Agreed, cabbages are pretty.

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  4. Ice is so pretty! Hope the pea flowers don't suffer any frost damage. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. It doesn't look like it at this stage, but we will see if the current flowers set peas. No problem ;)

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  5. Great shots of the early morning frost.We don't get frost where we are and I kinda miss it as it brings back some great childhood memories. Glad to see you have started your spring seedlings - looking good. I am very envious of your lone asparagus spear - I am just about to plant my first crowns out.

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    1. Cheers. I kinda like frost, although I wouldn't want too much of it.
      Good luck with your asparagus!

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  6. Lovely cauliflowers. My harvest is similar tou yours ( we are out from Melbourne) and the frost certainly wiped out a few things here. F

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    1. Cheers. I specifically grew 'Snowball' for the small heads, but some of them were just tiny! Almost bonsai cauliflowers!

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  7. Your frost pictures are very pretty. Did the frost do much damage? I'm amazed that you still have apples. Is Sundowner a late variety?

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    1. Cheers! No the frost wasn't too harmful. A few of the nasturtiums leaves didn't make it, and the tips of the banana passionfruit are droopy, but that's it.
      Sundowner is a late variety. I've eaten the apples earlier in the year (April-ish) and they are edible, but they are in their prime from July onwards. In my garden at least.

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