Garden Share Collective : April 2015

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Welcome to another round-up of some seriously inspiring bloggers who are sharing their veggie gardens from around Australia and the world. The Garden Share Collective is to inspire, learn and keep us all on top of those pesky weeds.
It has been five weeks since the last edition and finally I have something to gloat about. Things are growing, the beds have been turned and we have one more major planting to do and then it is time to kick back and start enjoying the harvests.

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Yes look how big everything got in just only five weeks, incredible isn’t it. The silverbeet is ready to start harvesting, the broccoli are looking healthy and those tomatoes have flowers on them and going to double in size again after this rain we had this weekend. I am finally winning in the garden again. Pests to date are just grasshoppers, caterpillars and a few rogue aphids.
Honestly click back to last month and see empty garden beds to see how much we got done this month. I am so proud.strayedtable-5798
PLANTING: Remember those trays of seedlings from last month, well they are all in the ground and they are doing really well. March was terrible with rain so I was watering daily to keep them going. We lost a few however most have pulled through. With the addition of the ducks I was using their skanky bath water to water the plants too and it turns out the stinky duck smelling water is like liquid fertilizer.  So what went into the soil you ask; broccoli, tomatoes, zucchinis, beans, more beans, snowpeas, silverbeet, beetroot, radish, button squash, basil and parsley. Seeds were also sown – lettuces, asian greens, more silverbeet, carrots, beetroots, onions, cabbages, kale and a few heirloom tomatoes. This month all that is left to go in is potatoes, garlic and the last round of seedlings that are getting taller.
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HARVESTING: Potatoes, the last of the okra, rosellas for jam, luffas and kale. That’s it. I had to buy tomatoes the other day, I couldn’t get over the price or the lack of taste. I hate having to buy veggies. April looks like it is going to be plentiful.
TO DO:
  • Get the spuds in
  • Plant the garlic
  • Mulch more
  • Weeding
  • Waiting
  • Watering

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Last month I mentioned I was going to use my sunflower stems like a trellis for my beans and snow peas. Turns out  they rotted heaps due to the two huge downpours we had one at the start of the month and one at the end. So we installed some old pool fencing. Below is also the last areas to get planted out this month.

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20 Comments

  1. How exciting Lizzie!! What a wonderful array of things ready to harvest! What a difference from last month.

  2. Your gardens are looking very lush, Lizzie. It’s amazing what a difference a few weeks can make.

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  4. Wow Lizzie, I knew that flooding would just nourish your garden in the end! That, plus the duck water! Awesome – everything looks so healthy! Isnt this a marvellous time of the year? As you will see my okra has suddenly taken off, so I am happy, although only one plant is really doing well. I see your rosella is flowering so I am sure mine wont be far behind – I want that bed for my tomatoes!

  5. Hey Lizzie … so much happening in your garden. It looks fantastic! And now I have more tomato envy. Damn.
    Love the mulch everywhere – what are you using? We ran phoenix palms through our chipper and this stuff makes the best mulch. Which reminds me … LOL

    • I use sugarcane mulch we go through three big bales for the whole garden. I find that it works well for our clay like soil. I think any mulch is good really. I am so glad that my garden has finally picked up after such a terrible summer season.

  6. Everything is growing so well. I can’t wait for my garden to get started this year. And I know what you mean about hating to buy veggies at the store. I hated to transition to store bought.

    • Just read your post Daphne and we are definitely in the same boat about buying veggies – not cool. This year I am going to get better at storing my veggie hauls and I don’t know anyone better than you to teach me the ropes.

  7. Funny how your garden is flying just as ours is slowing down. I too hate buying veg. So much better when it is homegrown!

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  9. there are certain vegies i refuse to buy – tomatoes and corn come to mind – as the store-bought ones are bland. i’d rather only eat a half dozen or so beautifully sweet cobs of corn in the summer month, than eat tasteless ones all year round!
    wonderful to read how your garden is progressing lizzy

  10. Wow, such a huge change – well done! I am sure you are a super-woman or something, to get everything done that you do… and I’m with you, when our tomatoes run out, we don’t get them again until the next season because the supermarket (even local hydroponic ones from the markets) taste gross.

  11. Love the recycled/upcycled pool fence for a bean support. The more structures in the garden, the better. Bought tomatoes taste awful. It just reinforces our love for gardening, I’m sure.

  12. Looks great Lizzie! This is the BEST time of year for growing, decent temperatures and a bit of rain 🙂

  13. The growth in 5 weeks is amazing and cause for a little jumping up and down 🙂
    I hate having to buy veg also. You are a lot more covered than me in that respect though! One of the aspects of commencing to plant my cooler weather veg is that I know it will mean the start of the persistent, and very pesky bugs that can decimate everything…..While the weather is mild the bugs are not so!! See you next month I look forward to seeing more amazing growth in your garden. K x

  14. Nice improvisation with the fence and duck fertigation. What exciting times are ahead!