Garden Share Collective: 5th August

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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. Β At the bottom of this post you can visit the gardens of others from around Australia, Canada, New Zealand and United Kingdom.

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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.

Planting:


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Bush beans and fennel above & below more beetroot and a row of roma tomatoes and sweet basil.

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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.

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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.

Harvesting:

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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.

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Cos and buttercrunch ready for picking

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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.

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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. Β 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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GARDEN SHARE COLLECTIVE MEMBERS

AUSTRALIA
Gourmet Wog
Β Eight Acres
E Dig Hobart
Claire K Creations
A Fresh Legacy
Clear Mountain Living
Chloe’s Garden
Merryn’s Menu
Flame Tree Flowers
Life of Clare
Gustoso
She Cooks She Gardens
Dusty Country Road
Melissa Loh
Jeanie in Paradise
Brown Paper Belle
Orgasmic Chef

CANADA
Tea with Me

NEW ZEALAND
The Fig Tree
Frog Pond Farm
NZ Ecochick

UNITED KINGDOM
Life In Mud Spattered Boots
The Garden Deli
Shabby Chick
Dale Cottage Diaries

 

 

 

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34 Comments

  1. In our garden tomatoes are getting ripe. Or at least they’re supposed to be – squirrels have eaten almost all of them! Real bummer – I have netting over them now, but it’s largely a case of shutting the barn door after the horse has escaped. We do have a few small green ones left, so we’ll see. Anyway, fun post – thanks.

  2. I’m looking at the photos of your garden and thinking that I’m definitely gardening in the wrong part of the world – winter here means frosty ground and a few leeks and parsnips in the veggie patch! Do you find the straw mulch works well on the beds?

  3. Your garden is looking amazing! All those new garden beds! What fantastic work you’ve done Lizzie!

  4. another glorious, envy-inducing post lizzie! i think how wonderful it must be to be in the garden all day, gardening to your hearts’ content – then i realise it is hard work. but you are able to achieve so much! i like what your friend sarah said above – sometimes i too feel like i’m gardening in the wrong part of the world too, as winter is so quiet in hobart.
    lovely lovely post lizzie and thank you once more for rounding us all up in the garden share collective.

  5. I love looking at your gorgeous big garden Lizzie. I am a little jealous that you already are able to get in tomatoes. I have just planted the seeds but am still waiting for them to sprout. The bean support you have made it great and a bee garden – Wow πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting such a great gathering of gardeners. I am really enjoying reading everyone’s posts.

  6. Healthy looking beetroot and lettuce and silverbeet. Ours gets eaten by caterpillers.

  7. Hey Lizzie … wow you have been busy. Love that you plant so much in situ. I am just like you with my fertilising program – hmm, when I remember. Must do some more in the next few days … If my chooks could only get into my garden they would wreck havoc! Your climate and seed sowing is so different than ours .. Queensland! Julie

  8. Thank you so much for adding me to the list – looks as if there is a lot of wonderful reading coming up – I might have to start my own list fo Victorians, although even within the state the conditions vary so much. And it is going to have to wait until dark – the sun is shining.

    • There are a few fellow Victorians in the group. If you know of anymore avid gardeners I would love to have them on board.

      • ooops – typho – it was meant to be “of Victorians” – in other words on a sticky note on the computer, so I could watch them with greater intensity, rather than climate envy. Just realised it looked like I was wanting a list “for” Victorian – sorry. πŸ™
        And no – I cannot think of any other Victorians at this point, but will go think. There are a few sustainability groups, but not blogers.

  9. Hey Lizzie, a great update and, like everyone else, I am jealous to read you’ve already got tomatoes in the ground! I know what you mean about needing to keep up with jobs like pest control and fertilising, it’s just so much more fun to be planting and building things. πŸ™‚

    • Totally agree Erin, I love planting and harvesting, occasional watering in the afternoon and the building stuff. Weeding is not a task I take lightly and I seem to go full throttle while doing it. And fertilizing/pest control, well fingers crossed I have it down pat by next month.

  10. Good luck with getting a routine going. I used to be very good at that; I would make my own fertiliser from drowning weeds, give them 2 weeks in the bucket (exactly) and always fertilise/refill the bucket fortnightly. These days I can only dream of such things… Hope you get those chickens under control! I think chicken-proofing must be a never-ending task.

    • Thanks Jacqui, maybe I can tame myself into a garden routine. As for those pesky chooks. I have another two weeks before my post hole digger comes home (hubby). So then we will build.

  11. The sky looked mean that day you took the first photo! Great tour Lizzie, hope you chicken proof your beds soon before the chooks eat the rest of your food!

  12. Your garden looks great Lizzie, with that awesome range of produce I envy the locals at your market who get to enjoy it all. Hope the chooks don’t do too much more damage before you have a chance to put the fence up.

  13. What a great space you have Lizzie! I too can’t believe that you can plant tomatoes, capsicum and eggplant now……I sometimes struggles to get eggplant and capsicums to grow to any decent size in the summer….. Loving being part of the Garden share πŸ™‚

  14. Your winter cropping looks like our summer cropping! I agree that the best bit is harvesting and though there can be a lot of hard work to get to that stage, sometimes it is just a case of sowing some seeds and watering, which is very easy.

  15. I love your garden Lizzie with all of that wide open space, thick mulch and healthy plants. Not to mention that incredible stormy sky! It is exciting to be planning for tomatoes and other summer vegetables isn’t it? Happy gardening, your farm gate stall is looking amazing too πŸ™‚

  16. looking very tidy, I can’t believe you can plant your summer seedlings already! We are still getting frosts, so I will start some seeds in my little greenhouse this month instead πŸ™‚

  17. I have lettuce envy! Love your tip about the pumpkins and melons – must test the theory here.

  18. I’m so impressed with the productivity of your winter garden, Like Sarah from The Garden Deli, I’m comparing it to our very lean winter pickings! Dreaming about melons at Christmas!! Great plans for the bee garden, are bee populations struggling in Australia as they are in the UK?

  19. You’re such an inspiration Liz, full of information. You make me wish I lived in a house with a proper backyard to expand my gardening operations.

  20. I’m rather excited about being included in this group of farmers πŸ™‚ okay, gardeners. I just figured since I now have TWO worm farms that I’m a gardener too. LOL

    Your garden looks fantastic. It’s nearly midnight so I’d better get to bed so I can be at your place by 11 tomorrow! I’ll bring my camera πŸ™‚

    • Looking forward to it Maureen, Looks like today is going to be picture perfect for you. Most people end up seeing nothing when they get here because it is usually raining or cloudy.

  21. Your winter garden and harvest looks amazing Lizzie – agree with Sarah, Alex and Anne that I’d be happy with that harvest in the height of the summer! Also thinking how wonderful it sounds to have your own pomegranate and caper trees.