Garden Share Collective: November - Growth...

30 November, 2015

It's been a while since I last posted for the GSC. Thanks to Lizzie et al (Krystie and Kate)  for all their GSC works.

Growth has taken off in the garden this month. Since I came back from my European trip I've been chasing my tail to get the summer garden stuff in.

Luckily the perennial garden (mostly fruit) has been growing great guns with very little help from me.

Raspberries. Nom.

Lots of pears getting bigger...

... and apples slowly growing.

The wicking garden veg patch has been mostly planted out with summer crops of tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, corn, beans and more beetroot and carrots.
Tomatoes with string supports.

Beetroot, how I love you.

This year I am successionally sowing corn. See big corn (right) and little corn (left).

Beans starting to grow up the bean tepee


A fair bit, which is nice. Raspberries and cherries are a daily occurrence, with beetroot, carrots, onions and lettuce being at least weekly harvests.


I'll be planting out the melons I germinated in the polytunnel in the next week or so. I'll try and sow some more corn in the next few weeks to keep up the successional sowing. I also need to sow more lettuce seed.

In long term harvests I'll be planting out an early sowing of Brussels sprouts, on advice I received last year. Will keep you in the loop with this one.

To do:
  • Keep up with staking and training the tomatoes
  • Prepare the brassica bed for the Brussels sprouts
  • Set up the lattice for the cucumbers to climb up
  • Figure out how to net the peach now that its at least 3 metres tall. I am not giving up those peaches!

What's happening in your garden?


  1. I'm a bit disappointed in my raspberries, but it's only their second year. When did you sow that beetroot? I only just sowed mine. It's slow to form you find that?

    I think that's my problem with brassicas...I sow too late. I read where they should be sown before Christmas in our part of the world, but it's still white butterfly season then and they devastate seedlings if you're not watchful. I'm going to have to get serious about it if I want good broccoli next winter.

    1. Yeah, it took a few years for my raspberries to take off, but they are really sensitive to low water. I find the pickings are a lot less in more dry years (as we tend to get) or if I'm not watering regularly. They have done well in my wicking bucket experiment, so I think I'll be trying more of them in that.
      The beetroot was sown back in July or early August from memory. It did nothing for a couple of months, then really took off the last month or so.
      I sow most of my brassicas in early Jan. This works well for broccoli and cauli but I've never had a good brussels sprouts crop. Hopefully this year will be the year. Yes, they need netting from the cabbage moths, but I find it worth the effort.

    2. I'd never thought raspberries would work in wicking buckets. What about the suckers they keep putting up? How big are your buckets?

    3. The wicking pots are about 40cms diameter. They do still send up suckers, but so far (one year in) they haven't been too overcrowded. I am guessing they will need dividing and replanting every couple of years. But so far they have done better than my ground planted raspberries, which due to their surface roots dry out too much unless I water often, which I don't like to do.

  2. Hi Bek, your garden is doing beautifully, your tomatoes look great on the strings. I love that your beds are raised by bricks. I also love your corn planting strategy I think I need to plant some more you have prompted me. Fresh corn is so glorious. Thanks for joining in this month, lovely to visit your gorgeous garden. I look forward to seeing your Christmas garden. Have a great month.

    1. Cheers Krystie. Oh gosh the christmas garden. I can't believe it is December already. Scary stuff.

  3. Your garden is looking great. Good luck with your corn - I had issues with a corn stalk munching critter last year (most likely a skunk) and am still undecided as to how to tackle that issue this year. I'll be interested to see how you get on with the peach tree netting - it was such a pain to net our cherry tree last year, which is probably not much taller than your peach.

    1. Cheers Margaret. Hmmm, I've never had anything much on a corn stalk. Clearly our usual pests (birds and the occasional possum or rat) haven't worked that out yet.
      Yes the peach will be a pain. I'll be sure to blog on the process. :)

  4. Your garden is looking great Bek, have a great month.