Welcome to another round of the Garden Share Collective, a project that aims to grow the numbers of people growing their own produce in their backyards, suburb plot or balcony garden. At the bottom of this post you can visit the gardens of others from around Australia, Canada, New Zealand and United Kingdom.
Purple king beans
July is the middle of winter for us here in Australia though it feels like spring is just around the corner with many of the native plants flowering early this year. We have had consistent rain this month with drizzle most days keeping the ground very moist, so I don’t need to water daily. Lots of changes this month with planting as we start to think about our summer months.
Bush beans and fennel above & below more beetroot and a row of roma tomatoes and sweet basil.
This month in my area the obvious change in the weather towards spring has got me thinking about what to plant. During the month I have planted out more Asian greens, lettuce, tomatoes, beetroots, celery, silverbeet, potatoes, turmeric, taro, ginger, beans, corn, kale and mustard greens. The coming weeks I will be getting ready for more tomatoes, eggplant, capsicums, lettuce, peppers, okra, pumpkins, melons and more.
As we expand out garden at the bottom we are slowly putting up a fence around it and creating a windbreak/bee garden on one side. The idea of creating the garden along the fence is to reduce my mowing time, create a windbreak from the south westerlies that happen every now and again so my plants are not battered and dried up. To encourage bee activity around my vegetables so pollination is high and I will be rewarded with plenty of fruit. In the bee garden I have some herbs; lemon grass, thyme, rosemary, borage and comfry along with a few flowery things like nasturtiums and marigolds. On the end closest to us is a bay tree in the middle is a pomegranate and at the far end is a native caper tree. I look forward to seeing the growth in this garden and hope that every space is filled with colour and food.
The best part about gardening is harvesting. This month I have had plenty of lettuce (cos and buttercrunch), broccoli, beetroots, a few tomatoes, kale and loads of silverbeet. During the month we have been juicing, baking and eating raw greens.
Cos and buttercrunch ready for picking
Silverbeet on mass, we have three rows of the stuff and now that we have planted more. Eek – I may turn green soon. Kale has been relatively slow only picking it once a month as we have had a few cabbage month invasions these past few weeks again. I think it is never ending. The garden was fed about two weeks ago with fish emulsion and a light spray of dipel to keep the caterpillars at bay.
Chives in flower
To Do List August:
Start a routine, honestly, I need to remind myself each fortnight to fertilize and do pest-control around the garden. Instead of remembering haphazardly. When Roy comes home for his next break we are going into fence building mode. During my workshop last week my lovely chickens loved the sound of the voices chatting away in the garden and discovered my tomatoes and my cabbage. Below is my chook eaten cabbage, they walked straight past the kale, broccoli and had a field day with it. So time to build more fences around our bottom garden.
August for me is about Ekka Show day which is very important when it comes to planting for summer. Our family have always planted our pumpkins, melons and corn on this date to be ready for Christmas. So for me the 17th of August I will be planting out my seeds direct into the ground with my fingers crossed that I will get some melons before Christmas.
How is your garden going this month?
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