Garden Share Collective: April...

28 April, 2016

Once again its time for the GSC - a great time each month to think back on what's been accomplished in the garden, and what is still left to do.

This month I was determined to post, even if its to say I haven't been doing much. Sometimes, like now, the garden takes a back seat on the priorities list, but its nice to see that earlier work in the year, or work years back, is still producing dividends.

This month's theme is 'save' and the main thing a the moment that relates to this is seed saving (a bit), saving time (when I just pop out to pick a few things, usually unphotographed) and sanity, as the occasional garden time allows me to relax and get away from the stresses in my life.

So where is the garden at now?

Main wicking bed veg patch

The autumn veg are coming along nicely, with small pickings of baby beetroots to thin out the crops and make room for the others to grow nice and big.

The onion bed has been planted out with garlic, as well as a short row of never ending spring onions.

The self sown tomatoes continue to flower and crop.

Meanwhile one of the sown tomatoes (variety Pink Girl) has sent out a heap of new shoots and is flowering like crazy.

I've no idea if I'll get anything but I'll let them go for now.

New silverbeet has been planted out, while the self sown bok choy (I think) has been growing madly. I've been cropping leaves for ages but it just keeps going.

Like the tomatoes the eggplants have put out a new flush of fruits.

 The brassicas are well protected under their nets and are coming along nicely.

And the new fence is finally up, so I've been able to put up some new wire supports for the passionfruit.

 In other areas of the garden, the Woodbridge Winter Pippin apples are coming along.

As they are green they don't seem to be so much attacked by the birds, so no netting has been needed (as yet).

In the polytunnel the capsicums and more eggplants are still going well and putting out new flowers and fruits.

The experimental cucumbers are doing well, and I even have a cucumber flower. Fingers crossed.

In the front yard the red leaf amaranth has gone to seed, so I might try collecting that for eating.

The autumn raspberries are coming along well.

And the lemon tree is getting more lemon-y every day.

I see lemon curd in my future!

I finally cleaned up the mass of climbing purple bean pods which I've been storing in the polytunnel to keep them dry, and now have a nice bowl of seeds for sorting into the best for resowing next year, and some to trial as an eating bean.


Probably not more than some onion seeds and the garlic in the fridge, which I'm doing a trial on. Details to be blogged at some point.


Veg: Tomatoes, eggplant, capsicums, beans, spring onions, pumpkin, silverbeet, bok choy, leeks, beetroot, carrots, lettuce, radishes.

Fruit: apples, raspberries, lemons, rhubarb (technically a veg, but in the culinary sense a fruit). I also forraged some feijoas - does that count???

To do: 
That'll do me. Likely also some pottering, odd bit of pruning or training as time allows. Just sit and enjoy might also be nice.

Don't forget to check out other people's GSC at Krystie's or Kate's.


  1. That is all looking good - do you have that mesh cover to protect the soil from birds and digging pests? I look forward to seeing how you process the saffron. As you know I love growing different things....

    1. Yes, the local birds love to redistribute the mulch and local cats (mine included) need to be dissuaded from using the wicking beds as a toilet.
      I've pretty much given up that the saffron will flower this year (again!) as it usually flowers as soon as it sends up shoots. I think I will need to do some research and maybe alter my method to get a crop.

  2. Your eggplant is just laden with fruit and it looks like you have a great start for a fall garden.

    1. Cheers - they have certainly put in a second wind of fruit in the recent unusually warm weather we've been having. I'm not complaining. :)

  3. Your garden is looking very productive. I would love a poly tunnel in my yard, have you tried growing tomatoes in winter in there yet?

    1. Cheers! I had hoped my summer sown tomatoes in there would survive into winter, but they all dried up. However a volunteer tomato has come up, so I'm coddling that a bit and will see if I get any fruit off it.