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strayedtable-8087Designing my garden each season was something I took a lot of time over until recently. After the transition from the farm to a suburban block with only two raised veggie beds, it seems I am no longer growing veggies for other people or growing enough to fill my cupboards. Let me tell you a little more about my new haphazard gardening style apart of this months Garden Share Collective.
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First of all let me give you a little background about farm planting. I had nice neat swales which hugged the hill side which faced north. Each row was planted out with a particular vegetable the rows were complementing for each plant. In summer I would plant the the cucabits – zucchini, pumpkin, cucumbers on the bottom row then I would plant the tomatoes which would then shade the leafy greens behind them like, silverbeet, kale, lettuce and other delicate greens. I would often scatter my rows through out the garden never making one clump of the same vegetable in an area as I found that it was more prone to pests and disease. I use to have four kale rows which were spread out into different parts of the garden and I would find that they were more resilient at times to the bugs.
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However gone are the days of nice neat rows and plenty of space to plan and plot. Now I have two raised beds and I have planted it out for summer growing. Foods that I love and of course plenty of herbs. With a lack of space, I scatter plenty of seed in and just crossed my fingers in hopes to see what comes up. Plenty did. I have a mixture of  herbs, kale, silverbeet, corn, leafy greens and  a rouge eggplant which is absolutely covered in eggplants in one of the beds. The other is a little more out of control with cucumbers, zucchini and a pumpkin (I know) at one end with a few tomatoes which along the west to create shade for the beetroots and carrots I have planted. Dotted through out the mess are a few okra plant and on the southern climbing lattice is a mixture of green and purple beans and a few snowpeas for good luck.
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I love variety in the garden and on my table. So far this haphazard method is still working for me. I am sure at some point I am going to have to think the garden a little when the rainy season hits so the veggies wont start rotting or catch disease. Until then I will enjoy the abundance of what the garden is providing me.
We are harvesting plenty of herbs and leafy greens and it look like soon I will have zucchinis, tomatoes, beans and loads of eggplants. I love these veggies and I am really looking forward to eating zucchini again, I haven’t had one since we left the farm which was over 4 months ago now.
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For all my Garden Share Collective members and followers I have decided to take a much needed break away from my computer and blog. At this moment I am unsure if I will return but who knows things change quickly in my world. Kyrsite and Kate will both keep it going while I am enjoying some family time and nurturing myself. I am 12 weeks pregnant and my body is just screaming for me to stop. Pregnancy is a funny thing and after the last time the most important thing I can do is obey my body. Which means I need to slow down, relax my mind and body and just enjoy the simple things again.
So for now this is a short goodbye and I hope to be back again soon.
Happy Gardening :-)


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3 Comments

  1. Congratulations Liz, Roy, and Isla another little one to add more joy to your life. Look after yourself Liz, and enjoy your break, I hope that in time you will venture back to your blog again.

  2. Congratulations on your pregnancy I know this time round you will feel more confident and know what to expect. You will still be exhausted but as you have done it before and you are in the family zone it is not such a shock. Your veggie garden sounds great and spending quality time with your family is what’s it’s about. Your move sounds like it has been just the right thing for your family. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

  3. Ooooh congratulations on another little bub on the way. Thanks you for doing this post – I know you must be feeling overwhelmed and busy,and I do realize certain things have to go. Enjoy your haphazard gardening. Love all your eggplant! Keep in touch.