Garden Share Collective: June...

29 June, 2016

It seems I at the moment I only ever get around to posting for the Garden Share Collective, and I can't be more grateful to the hosts Krystie and Kate that I have this prompt to blog.

At the moment in the early stages of winter I am in the garden less than ever, with not much to plant so it seems I only spend time to harvest. And when its cold outside I want to get out and pick, then back inside asap.

This months theme is Taste, and if that doesn't sum up a vegetable and fruit garden then nothing will.

For me, I grow my own for the taste. There are is no store bought equivalent to the homegrown tomato picked at the height of summer, or the perfect strawberry popped straight into the mouth while garden meandering, or freshly harvested carrots. I could go on and on, but you get the point.

In the food garden, taste is where it's at.

The main wicking veg patch.

Cabbages forming.

Aphid laden broccoli going to seed. How do you keep aphids from making your broccoli inedible?

The self sown tomato is just holding in there, along with leeks, celery and silverbeet.

Peas climbing to the light.

That tasty tasty veg garlic, coming along nicely.

Go self sown lettuce.

Carrots and beetroot.

The only two Pink Lady apples to set on the step-overs this year, well protected from bird attack.

What goes rather nicely with apples? Rhubarb of course!

And what goes well with apples and rhubarb? Lemons!

The front yard interplanted with edibles and ornamentals. Red amaranth to right, flowering rosemary on left, cauliflowers and purple sprouting broccoli to rear.

In the polytunnel the peppers are still ripening.

Capsicums ditto.

More apples in the orchard. These are Sundowners.


I sowed seeds of onion, kohl rabi, kale, turnip, parsnip and hamburg parsley. I don't know if I'll get anything, but I needed to plant some seeds. So I did.


This is pretty typical about now.

Veg: The last pumpkin, odd tomato, silverbeet, leeks, small celery stalks, beetroot, carrot thinnings, lettuce, spring onions, polytunnel eggplant, capsicum and one solitary lemon cucumber.

Fruit: Apples, lemons, rhubarb.

To do:
  • Hiburnate
  • Prune fruit trees to reshape as needed
  • Hope for enough chilling hours for the apples and stone fruit
  • Chop back grapevine and tidy asparagus beds when the plants totally die back
  • Keep feeding the garlic for big bulbs
  • Plant out the tulip bulbs in the fridge

That's my June garden wrap up. How is your garden doing?


  1. I wish my garden was as productive as yours is Bec. Apart from netting your broccoli with insect netting the only other way to handle aphids (without using chemicals) is to spray them with a mixture of dishwashing liquid and soapy water. You may have to do it a few times, but it does work.

    1. Thanks Jan! I have tried pyrethrum spray, and I reckon the soapy water idea sounds great, its just I forget to spray often enough to keep them away. I think the insect netting might be a go, given I net them against cabbage moths when they are growing anyways. Cheers!

  2. My garden is definitely not providing as much as yours. :-(

    I don't think you'll have to worry about chilling hours! It's turning out to be a very cold winter. Of course, it could just be that I'm getting older and less resilient (too true), but the output from the solar panels has been woeful this many cloudy days!

    1. The only upside to a cold winter. Yes, there have been a lot of very cloudy days. I hope your solar panels have done ok though, I'd love to see you post another update on how the panels have fared.

  3. Your garden is so chock a block full of tasty healthy vegetables! My mouth is watering!

  4. So much food for the middle of winter. You should be well proud:) Here is a question for you - which are your tastiest apple varieties? I am doing a survey, and next year I am hoping to put in some apple trees. I miss my apple trees:(

    1. Cheers Jo! Sorry for the late reply, I've fallen off the blogging world a bit.
      To answer your question: St Edmunds Pippin is my current favourite. A lovely honey like flavour, quite strong. Only issue is the russet skin isn't great, but I can live with it for that taste. I know its boring but I really like Pink Lady. More flavourful homegrown and a reliable cropper.

      However not all of my apple varieties have cropped, so this may change. I'm hopeful for a good crop next year given we should have had plenty of chilling hours this winter!

      Wouldn't bother withs: any of the very early like Early Victoria or White Transparent. Australian Beauty sounds nice but is unremarkable. Any of the pink fleshed crab/edible apple - too small and no flavour.

    2. Oh and I highly recommend Woodbridge Fruit Trees.