Garden Share Collective: May...

30 May, 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.

Again this month time in the garden has been sadly lacking, but happily that is about to change with me getting a bit more of my garden time back.

This month's theme is 'leaves' and I think that is just about all that is in the garden at the moment. The majority of the veg is leaves (think lettuces, silverbeet, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, spring onions and leeks, and the stem/leaves of rhubarb and celery) with only a few fruiting plants holding on or coming to produce.

So where is the garden at now?

The old summer planted 'Pink Girl' tomato is still (amazingly) flourishing.

I spy a few forming tomatoes. They may not make it through to full tomato ripeness, but I'm glad to have them.  I may actually get around to trying fried green tomatoes.

The self sown tomato is still producing cherry toms too.

The purple podded peas are up and starting to climb.

The lush leaves of beetroot and carrots, plus weeds, bely their too small to harvest produce. But soon their day will come.

The broad beans are growing taller and even starting to flower.

And in the polytunnel, I'm very happy to say I've got a couple of actual cucumbers from the late sown experimental seed. The plants are very diseased with almost constant powdery mildew despite regular milk/soap sprays, but at least there have been a few cukes.


Onions and garlic, just this weekend gone. Not much else is on the agenda now.


Veg: Tomatoes, eggplant, capsicums, cucumbers, spring onions, pumpkin, silverbeet, broccoli, leeks, beetroot, carrots, lettuce, radishes.

Fruit: Apples (Woodbridge Winter Pippin and Sundowner), raspberries, lemons, rhubarb (technically a veg, but in the culinary sense a fruit).

To do: 
  • Start up some of the strawberry runners in wicking buckets.
  • Have a look at the wicking bucket trees and maybe repot some into larger containers.
  • Hibernate inside unless absolutely necessary to be out in the cold and wet.
That's all for me this month.

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

Onions and garlic...

28 May, 2016

I'm back! Finally I have a bit of time to get into the garden.

And as soon as I did I got out the seeds to plant something. At this time of year, that mean onions and garlic.

So I went out to the previously bean bed and cleaned out the still-going-but-definitely-on-the-way-out climbing beans, and under those I found some onion seeds that had germinate from what I had sown in the bed earlier (I can't recall exactly when) in the year.

So those got replanted out a nicely spaced intervals.

Onions are one of the easiest plants to transplant. Just place on parted soil, then flick over a bit of dirt and water in. Never fails.

That left plenty of space to plant out some more onion seed. Three rows and a generous scatter of onion seeds are here.

I sowed a white variety called Contessa and a red variety called Long Red Florence.Why grow boring brown onions when they are cheap and easy to buy.

Both I've grown both of these before and they do pretty well.

Next up I needed to plant out the remainder of my garlic cloves in my garlic experiment.

I had previously sown about half my cloves of two varieties (Flinders Island and Italian Red) around mid March. The remaining half got stashed into the fridge to see if a bit of extra cold would make any difference to the finished product.

Here are the remaining halves, carefully matched with the previously planted out stash of cloves for size so that won't be a confounding factor.

The remaining cloves got planted out adjacent to the well growing plants so that feeding and sunlight will be equal.

I'll be keeping an eye on these as I've heard they don't like to be too wet, but they also don't like to dry out. They are well fed with manure and will get additional feeds of worm wee I get from a friend with a worm farm. (Thanks Mike!)

Damn it feels good to get my hands dirty again!

What have you been up to in the garden lately?

Harvest Monday...

02 May, 2016

Yay for Harvest Monday, that international celebration of home veg harvests.

Cheers to Dave for hosting Harvest Monday.

I had hoped to post monthly, but this was as close as I got to an April typical harvest pic. Better late than never.

Current veg harvests include: the last of the summer eggplant, tomatoes, beans and capsicums. The only tomatoes still going are the self sown ones, which is a bonus. This will be the last of the beans, as there are no more flowers coming along, but I think the eggplant and tomato harvest will go another few weeks.

Autumn crops are slowly taking over, with carrots and leeks being the main pic over this weekend. There are a few big beetroots left, with plenty more small ones coming along.

Not pictured is lettuce, rocket, silverbeet, bok choy and amaranth.

On the fruit front the apples are peaking. This one is a Red Cleopatra but I've also got Woodbridge Winter Pippin ready to crop, and the Sundowner and Pink Lady apples are not far away. The autumn raspberries are a joy, and the lemons are prolific.

Don't forget to go and check out other harvests.