Garden Share Collective : February 2015

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Welcome to another round of the Garden Share Collective, a group of bloggers sharing their vegetable patches in hopes of inspiring others to grow their own food. At the bottom of this post you can peruse gardens from around Australia, New Zealand and further a field.

It’s towards the end of summer here in South East Queensland which means it is time to get back into the garden and start all over again. January was a mixture of rainy days, torrential days and then some extra hot days thrown in. We recorded 314mm for the month which is about right and should expect another wet month ahead. At the moment I am hoping for a storm to break the heat and cool things down.

Another stagnant month of work in the garden for us, yet the weeds grew like mad and the last of the veggies produced enough food for us. We are now at the foraging stage to harvest veggies to keep our little family fed at dinner time. Our one goal for the month was to cut back the weeds and possibly turn the soil and get it ready for the next planting.  strayedtable-5252

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Last week Roy and I invested in Howard our new rotary hoe. After trying to convince ourselves to once again turn our soil by hand we had to find another option. The procrastination paid off and now Roy can rip through six rows in an hour. All that is left to do is add organic matter, manure and gypsum, hill them up and then mulch them. So much easier.

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The rosella’s have really come along. Looking forward to making some jam. 

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Sad sunflowers, now time to dry them – some for us and some for the chickens.

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Grasshopper devastation on the silverbeet.

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From four lone strawberry plants – look at all that growth. Guess who is going to have strawberries next year?
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We have had a chilli glut and I have made dried chilli flakes with them to give to friends.

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Possibly some tomatoes to harvest that don’t have fruit fly. Fingers crossed.

strayedtable-5282 The turmeric is looking really good and our ginger harvest wasn’t too bad either. 

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luffaLastly the luffa – I am not sure that they are supposed to go yellow, I presume this is because of too much water. Or are they already starting their drying process?

PLANTING: This month I will be starting seedlings and buying some from a local grower to start the next major round of planting. January nothing was planted only harvesting to make way for the new.

HARVESTING: The last of the spuds, some sweet potatoes, ginger, okra, kale, sweet peppers, zucchini’s and cucumbers.

TO DO LIST:

  • replant the ginger bulbs for next season (yes its early but that way they can hibernate in the soil)
  • plant potatoes
  • poke some bean seeds into the soil
  • prepare beds for planting
  • get some mulch delivered
  • keep the grass down
  • weeding
  • start some more seedlings
  • pest control – dipel and the occasional pyrethrum in the garden.


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20 Comments

  1. Your ginger looks fabulous Liz. Congrats on the addition of Howard, it looks like a worthwhile purchase. Sorry to see the damage the grasshoppers have caused. They have made a terrible mess. I am thankful we have not seen any of those down this end of Australia. Have a great month and thanks for hosting the Collective.

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  3. Ginger and turmeric! So exciting, not something we could grow down south. It’s amazing the damage insects can do, I am forever thankful that SA does not suffer from fruit-fly.

    • I only wish that Fruit Fly did not exist at all. The damage they do is incredible. I have not picked one tomato for us this year that has not gone rotten before ripening yet.

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  5. Hey Lizzie … love Howard! Your garden seems so much more advanced than ours. I appear to have chilli envy 🙂 So your toms got attacked too? I wish it was warm enough here to grow ginger and tumeric .. Oh boy, it looks like the grasshoppers enjoyed your silverbeet!

  6. wow, you kow you have a serious garden when you have a hoe THAT BIG!
    and i’m glad we don’t have grasshoppers down here. that is seriously atacked silverbeet 🙁

  7. (sorry if this apears twice. not sure if my comments went thru. i said something like…)
    you know you have a serious garden when you have a hoe THAT BIG!
    and i’m impressed, in a way, by the grasshopper damage to your silverbeet – astounding. glad we do not have that sort of pest here. how devastating for you.

  8. So envious of your ginger and turmeric – mine are nowhere near that size, although in big pots, not the ground. I bloody LOVE rosella jam, my absolute favourite, mmmm. I’m so grateful we’ve not had fruitfly here on the farm, it was a nightmare when we were in town…fingers crossed!

  9. I wish I could grow tropical plants like turmeric and ginger! Garden is looking good.

  10. Your garden has so many ups and downs! Howard, then the grass hoppers, the ginger and turmeric, then the fruit fly! Lizzie, reading your post was giving me waves of emotion!

    • Gardening is a rollercoaster that is for sure. We have been winning and losing battles very clearly at the moment. If all goes well we will be back to full production in the coming months. This year was just bad with the bugs.

  11. My favourite picture is the one with the pram in the background. It’s been a long time since I had the joy of taking a baby out to the garden with me. Oh how they love it.

  12. Your ginger looks good Lizzie. I am looking forward to harvesting mine this year. I noticed you have harvested yours while the foliage is still green. Is it better to do that or wait until it dies down?

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