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.


Planting

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.

Harvesting

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.

Morning meander...

18 April, 2016

There unfortunately are just those times in life when your time is not your own. Family needs you, so you do what needs to be done, despite the fact you'd much rather be pottering about your garden, taking photos and then writing about getting your hands dirty.

I've been quiet around here of late, and I don't like it. The only thing keeping me sane is instagram, where I can take a pic and post it in a second and feel like I'm sharing a bit of garden time and having that gardeners connection that I like so much about the blogging community.

But instagram is not the same. I like taking the pictures and writing about what I'm growing and why, despite the fact that sometimes it feels a bit of a chore.

So today, when I woke up at 5.30am for some unknown reason, I got myself ready for work while it was dark, but when the sun came up and just before I had to leave for the daily grind, I had a quick morning meander.

The garden (plus new fence!) is still chugging along.

Beans continue to climb

Self sown tomatoes continue to ripen

Step over Pink Lady apples are going to need to be netted soon

I still haven't gotten around to cutting back the banana flower to let the bananas fully ripen

There are two only on the dwarf Lady Finger, but they are welcome

More self sown tomatoes continue, but these ones I didn't bother to stake. They seem happy

Lots of brassicas under nets still, these are Mini Cauli and Purple Sprouting Broccoli

I threw down some old turnip seed and it has germinated extra well. Now needed to protect from the white cabbage butterflies and will need to thin soon.

Autumn raspberries are coming along

The bean alley is cropping well

Inside the polytunnel the capsicums are still going, and experimental cucumbers are growing slowly, but needing to be sprayed with milk and soap spray to ward off powdery mildew

One of two new additions, a couple of passionfruits to grow between the house and garage.

Passionfruit number two growing on the opposite side.