Garden Share Collective: May...

04 May, 2015

Welcome to this month's edition of the Garden Share Collective.


Thanks as always to Lizzie for creating the GSC.

We are well and truly sliding into winter here in Melbourne town with the beginnings of cold mornings, but also many a fine bright and sunny day to keep us from the full winter experience. Just yet.

Backyard:


Frontyard:


Planting

I've planted out my garlic, which is starting to sprout.


Also on the allium theme just this weekend I planted out the potato onions and shallots.


I'm also almost finished planting out the brassica seedlings. I've been trying to stagger these, in the hope I'll have a staggered crop. They are doing well under the netting to prevent cabbage white moth decimation.


I also planted out a white currant and red currant to replace those I lost over a late summer move and insufficient watering error.

Harvesting

The eggplants and capsicums are finishing up, but still have some produce to go.


The trombonico zucchini continues to climb and produce zukes.


I'm about to taste the first of the Pink Lady stepover apples.


Lemons are abounding and I'm thinking lemon curd dreams.


Also harvested but not pictured is lettuce, rocket, raspberries, radishes and potatoes. I am eagerly awaiting my first broccoli. I don't think it'll be that far away.

To-do:

  • Clear out summer crops of melons and plant out onion seeds (that bed gets full sun over winter so is ideal for onions).
  • Figure out how to set up stakes and string lines around my wicking beds for my growing pea plants.
  • Plant out remaining brassica seedlings.
  • Keep picking cabbage caterpillars off the established brassicas not under nets, and feed to the chickens.
  • Divide up artichoke plants before it is too late. I think there may also be some artichoke seeds germinating here which will need to be relocated. 


  • Build new chicken pen/polytunnel.
  • Move capsicum and eggplants to polytunnel when finished for overwintering.
  • Set up wires for cherry espalier.
  • Green manure beds not to be used over winter.
  • Avoid nursery's, online plant stores, seed catalogues etc at all costs, to avoid buying more plants and seeds that I can use / fit in my garden. 
How is your garden travelling?

19 comments:

  1. It's all looking great. I'm interested in those pipe structures with the multiple corners over the eggplants & capsicums. Where did you get them?

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    1. That was a cheap discounted mini greenhouse I bought at Bunnings a few years ago. The structure I left up after I removed the plastic bit for summer. I need to repair some of the plastic as it is tpstarting to break down, but it will go up over the capsicums to overwinter again soon.

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  2. I love that last line on the todo list. I have to go to a nursery soon to pick up a plant for the front garden. I hope I just come back with one plant, but you just never know.

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    1. I always know I will come out with more plants than I intended. I have to be very disciplined and go in with a list and only buy from the list. The list is getting smaller and smaller as the remaining space in my garden gets taken up.

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  3. Oh for some freshly picked apples. You are lucky Bek to be able to grown them. You are growing and have harvested so much and I do admire your garlic growing :)

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    1. Yes, fresh apples off the tree are a joy. I would love to live somewhere just a bit warmer, but apples make the cold worthwhile.
      Hopefully this year the garlic will be a worthwhile harvest. I don't know it it is bravery or unfounded optimism, but anyhoo... :)

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  4. another wonderful tour thru your garden - it really is lovely!
    a green manure - what do you use? I was going to do this last winter and I kept putting it in the 'too hard' basket'.

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    1. Cheers! I use mustard seed, which supposedly helps reduce diseases in the soil as well as enriching, providing nutrients etc. I do need to get onto it pretty quickly though, as it's getting a bit late to sow.

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  5. Oh your garden is lovely. So much produce! And apples - I am very jealous. It's so nice to see other people's gardens on the collective. I finally bought a young lemon tree earlier this year and I can see some tiny little buds on so I've got all my digits crossed that I might yet get some lemons - I thought I would have to wait a fair bit longer than this. Must be all my talking to it! Good luck avoiding the nurseries - I have the same habit :-)

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    1. Cheers! I do love checking out all the gardens and getting ideas and tips too! Good luck with your lemon, if it is budding you have a good chance. My experience with my lemon is that they don't drop fruit like other plants often do in their young years, so if it flowers and sets fruit you've got a good chance of lemons. I love how the lemons fruit when so much is finished for the year.

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  6. Oh your garden is lovely. So much produce! And apples - I am very jealous. It's so nice to see other people's gardens on the collective. I finally bought a young lemon tree earlier this year and I can see some tiny little buds on so I've got all my digits crossed that I might yet get some lemons - I thought I would have to wait a fair bit longer than this. Must be all my talking to it! Good luck avoiding the nurseries - I have the same habit :-)

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  7. Oh gosh those apples look yummy. Everything looks lovely and healthy - your lemons look good too.

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    1. Thanks! I don't think I've ever had a bad meal from this garden :)

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  8. Your garden is winding down and ours is just ramping up. I'm growing potato onions as well & am dying to dig them up to see how they did - but I have to be patient. You are the only other blogger I've seen growing these - have you done any posts about them in the past? I'd love to read them.

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    1. I don't think I gphavedone any specific posts. I have never found them to flourish, but they've survived some pretty crappy soil and not ideal locations so I'm pretty pleased with the small crops I've got from them so far, and have always kept plenty to resow the following year. I've treated them a bit better this time around so am hopeful of a good harvest.

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  9. Nurseries are definitely too tempting! I went foraging for elderflowers this morning, popped into the Saturday Farmer's Market for some bread on the way home and ended up with half a dozen sweetcorn plants, some purple sage and a romanesco cauli in my bag. I'd normally grow all of these from seed but I've been really late in sowing this year so I guess I'm practising successional growing/eating! Amazing reading about your preps for winter - this was almost identical to me back in Dec/Jan - and, no, I didn't get my artichoke or rhubarb divided in time for spring!

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    1. Haha, the story or my life! I have divided the artichoke at least!

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  10. Great blog Bek and loving all the info here!
    I noticed you mentioned picking caterpillars from your brassicas. Have you tried Dipol?

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    1. Cheers Michael! Yes, I have relied on Dipel many a time. It does the job but needs reapplying after rain so I really only use it on smallish seedlings if the forecast is clear. If it is likely to rain I'll go for the nets.

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