Garden Share Collective: March...

02 March, 2015

Autumn. My favourite season. The weather is mild and the harvests are good. Pity it's the season heralding the slippery slide into winter, but ah well. Until then I'll enjoy the crisp mornings followed by blue skies and sunshine that make the perfect autumn day.

But onto Garden Share Collective. Cheers to Lizzie for starting the GSC.


This is how the garden is looking.


Planting

I am looking forward to the winter harvests and am planting mostly brassicas.

A chinese cabbage from my first brassica plantings.

I've done my second sowings of cauliflower, broccoli and have added some kale and Brussels sprouts to the menu. I've also sowed seed of leek and celeriac.

Pots containing brassica seeds. I put them in the garden beds so I remember to water them.

Harvesting

Just one example of a recent harvest.


Tomatoes, beans, capsicums and zucchini's are daily occurrences. Most days I pick a few cucumbers, although the late sown Lebanese one's are the only plants still producing now.

Figs are being picked and given away, and the last of the plums have been picked and the nets removed.

Some things are not far off though.

Rockmelons - Prescott Fond Blanc.

Autumn raspberries

Mango, when will you ripen?

Pears to be picked.

My second eggplant of the season is almost ready.

Basil going to seed. Must make some pesto soon.

To do:
  • Make pesto
  • Replant saffron bulbs
  • Protect brassica seedlings from White Cabbage Moths with nets and dipel
  • Spray the zucchini and rockmelons with soap/milk spray to hold off the powdery mildew
  • Make passata, pressure canned salsa and tomato sauce with the hoarded tomatoes

What's happening in your garden? 

17 comments:

  1. Your garden looks great! Fabulous produce. I have just sown a tray of brassicas.. Fun times in the garden. Autumn is my fav time too :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheers! I hope your brassicas grow strong and fast

      Delete
  2. Garden looks fab (in much better shape than mine) and the article in The Age was ace. Funnily enough she contacted me too but decided I was much too boring (a correct assessment all things considered).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheers Liz. I doubt anyone would consider your garden boring with the amazing produce you put out! I think I only got picked because I am the crazy lady with over 100 trees!

      Delete
  3. Autumn is my favourite time of the year too, I can't wait to start planting my winter veg. Your garden looks good, far better then mine.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheers. Glad to see so many autumn lovers

      Delete
  4. your harvest looks yummy with lots of diversity. giving figs away? gosh I wish I lived near you! I also have been putting my seedlings out into the garden - they enjoy a bit of shade and are right in the light of fire.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You would be more than welcome to the figs :)

      Delete
  5. I love your harvest basket (the rectangle one) I love all things that are square. Some mangoes ripen at different stages but it looks like it will soon take on some colour and you will be laughing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Liz. And cheers for the mango advice!

      Delete
  6. My favourite at the moment is the crop of golden delicious apples. Here's hoping the rainbow lorikeets stay away!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yay for homegrown apples! Good luck with keeping the birds away. I have had crops decimated overnight so I always net, but I admit it's probably overkill.

      Delete
  7. Look at those pears. Yum. I have one pear tree in my yard and wonder how well it will do. It is a self pollinator, but another pear always helps. I do have a neighbor with a pear down the street though. I wonder if that is close enough. And if I got that many figs, I'd keep my fig trees. But I'm ripping them out as they just don't produce enough.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have 3 pear varieties across 9 trees, as well as a tree in the neighbouring yard, so get reasonable pollination. I've never heard of self pollinating pears before though.
      Pity your figs don't produce much. It's the constant struggle against limitations of space and climate, food gardening is.

      Delete
  8. Your garden is looking magnificent, bek. I hope the birds dont get that mago before you do! And i'm envious of your basil, as mine did not really get to pesto quantities this year. Such a wonderful space you have to enjoy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheers e! (Don't you just love typos.)
      My basil failed to grow from seed this year, so all this basil is from a supermarket packed earlier in the year. I only buy the ones with the roots still on and then plant them out when I've taken what I need from the kitchen. They do suprisingly well.

      Delete