The rainy season has finally started for us which means its time to plant, plant and plant. We have another great group of gardeners from Australia and the world sharing their veggie patches this month apart of the Garden Share Collective. Check the bottom for all the members pages. The Garden Share Collective is a group of bloggers who post a monthly garden report about what they are growing in their veggie patches, small suburban backyards, pots and even the odd balcony garden. The project’s aim is to inspire more people to garden and grow their own clean and fresh food.
This past month I have started seedlings for planting. As you can see in the picture above I have had some successes and some failures. The good news is I have planted out some of the veggies so far. I have experimented with making my own seed raising mix – you can read about that here. Seeds like to stay moist and with Qld weather conditions not always favorable for seed planting I had to add a few extra bits to make my mix. So far the cucurbita family and beans like it. silverbeet, broccoli, cabbage don’t and well the lettuce seeds are just not coming up. The first tray you see I planted only a few days ago, so I look forward to seeing some action from it in the coming days. Come on snake beans!
My broccoli, silverbeet and towering okra. Come on, do something. You need to get bigger so I can transplant you. I have just started adding fish to my watering regime to give them a slight nudge to grow bigger.
I thought I would show you an aerial view of my garden. The top bed is the one divided into four section and the bottom is the one with two. We have four raised garden beds which will be filled in the next few months. The yellow highlighted bits are what I need to be working on the next month. So planting out my seedlings, pulling and clearing weeds, mulching and getting the beds ready for the next planting. The bottom bed will need weeding at some point, but will be looking at planting that out when I run out of space. I do plan to grow garlic in the bottom bed this year too.
PLANTING: beans (bush and climbing), broccoli (yes its early but I have a sneaky suspicion it will work), tomatoes, okra, zucchini, silverbeet, lettuce, asian greens, broadbeans, cabbages, cucumbers, rockmelons (I know crazy – just curious) and more lettuce.
Lady finger banana that is loving the rain.
Section one of the garden. It has been weeded and so far three rows have been replanted. I have the climbing snake beans on the right, zucchini in the middle and some bushbeans on the left. The tomatoes are going to get pulled out and replaced with broadbeans. That will most likely happen today. I need to get those beans in the ground as the moon is perfect.
Cherry Cocktail Tomatoes, this one bush I am keeping in the first section of the garden as it is doing really well. I have also been keeping seed to grow some more as it has been a real winner producing big cherry toms. Below Roy and I pulled out all the spuds that were sprouting, we got a few new spuds too, but decided it was better to plant out this space with leafy greens and put spuds elsewhere. So neat and tidy now it has no weeds and been mulched. The last two rows at the front on the right have ginger and turmeric in them with the rain they should do really too.
What a mess, the very end of the top bed. Just about all of this is going to get pulled out and replanted by next month. we have a couple of curly kale plants I will keep the rest will go. No one buys any other variety of kale so I am pulling it out. The three raised beds in the back ground will get a second layer of mushroom compost, chook manure and mulch. I plan to plant them out with asparagus crown, strawberries and rhubarb in the coming months.
PEST CONTROL: I have no idea what these critters are. I thought that they might be baby lady beetles the nasty black ones. But I can’t see any lady beetles. Anyway they have gone to town on all of my eggplants not only eating the leaves but have moved on to eating the fruit now too. I plan to feed the eggplants with organic fertilizer in hopes to give them so much-needed love to bring them back from the brink of being over eaten. I also might try spraying some dipel however with the rainy weather that will be pointless until it stops.
Below I planted out a couple of pumpkins to see how they would go through the rainy season.
HARVESTING: zucchinis, a few eggplants, a few tomatoes, some purple snake beans, plenty of herbs, kale and peppers all stung by fruit fly
TO DO: Last month my goal was to clean out my herb garden and give it a much needed makeover. I managed to pull out the weeds, pull out the gooseberry and trim back anything that was going to seed. Roy helped me clean out around the rocks as we had to move them to the side to get to the weeds underneath. This month I plan on getting some more herbs to stock it up. A friend is going to drop off some cuttings for me to plant out. Not sure what I will be getting just yet but looking forward to it.
I have more planting, seed sowing and weeding to keep me busy for the next month. We have so much to do…
Garden Share Collective Members
|AUSTRALIA||NEW ZEALAND||UNITED KINGDOM|
|Eight Acres – Qld||Our Wee Farm||The Landrovers Owners Wife|
|Claire K Creations – Qld||Five Course Garden||Spade Fork Spoon|
|Dig In Hobart – Tas||Frog Pond Farm||Dale Cottage Diaries|
|African Aussie – Qld||Living the Good Life||The Garden Deli|
|Dusty Country Road – Vic||The Fig Tree||Shabby Chick|
|Sunny Corner Farm – NSW||A Little Bit Country||Urban Veggie Patch|
|A Fresh Legacy – Vic|
|Chole’s Garden – Vic|
|Flame Tree Flowers – Qld|
|Think Big. Live Simply – Vic|
|The New Good Life – Vic|
|Gustoso – Qld|
|On The Ning Nang Nong – Vic|
|Little Woolie – Vic|
|Melissa Loh -Qld|
|Brown Paper Belle – Qld|
|A Kailyard in Adelaide – SA|
|Bek’s Backyard – Vic|
|Donna Digs – Vic|
|Chez Skud – Vic|
|Merryn’s Menu – NSW|
|Poppy Fox – Vic|