Happy New Year. I am kicking off the new year in my garden sharing the saga of our thriving weeds and celebrating some bountiful harvests apart of the Garden Share Collective. Each month a group of dedicated bloggers share their vegetable gardens in hopes of inspiring others to grow their own clean and fresh food. To view gardens from around Australia, New Zealand and England scroll to the bottom of this post.
So whats been happening in the patch this past month. December was a mixture of heat, rain and a few threatening storms. Luckily the veggie patch has survived. The rain has boosted the plants and they look very healthy. Mind you the weeds seem to be doing equally well. I have cut them back and pulled them where I can. Boy do they grow fast. December, January and February is all about controlling the weeds and looking after the plants we have in the ground.
With the days longer and hotter it is all about maintenance. Pulling weeds, mulching where we can, harvesting the last of the spring veggies and preparing beds for the next round of major planting. After the failure of the new garden area. This will be our major project for the year. You will see a photo later in the post of the sea of cobblers pegs which was supposed to be thriving cucabits. This section will be turned and fertilised and put to rest for the winter in hopes that next year the soil will be in a better condition. I can only dream of loads of watermelons and pumpkins. We did manage to have a wonderful harvest of spuds from this area and the rosellas along with the luffa look rather promising.
January will be much of the same, keeping up with maintenance and later this month plant out some seeds for future planting. I just need to get organised for my next round and sort my seed and possibly order some more. I have plenty of soil to turn and condition for the next planting. I like to prep my beds ready for seedlings by turning the soil, adding gypsum & lime, compost, manure and then topping it off with a thick layer of mulch. This way when the seedlings are ready they can go straight in. Next month I will have a plan for my garden. I like to map it out and make sure that crops have been rotated.
HARVESTING: Tomatoes, Potatoes, Kale, Silverbeet, Asian Greens, Cucumbers, Okra, Zucchini’s, Peppers, Capsicums and 2 very small butternut pumpkins. Soon I will have eggplant too – Hooray.
PLANTING: No seeds were planted last month and later this month I will plan and plant our next round of veggies. At the moment you can see some of my overgrown okra which will all be kept for seed for next year.
TO DO IN JANUARY: 1 – Weeding, 2 – Turning beds ready for next round of planting, 3 – Mulching, 4 – Harvest last of the spuds, 5 – Seed save, 6 – Plant out next seeds for autumn veggies, 7 – keep the grass down, 8 – water if need be.
Sunfloweres make me so happy. Plus our chooks are going to love pecking them as a treat.
The luffa have gone nuts, they are huge. I have no idea what to do with them. I figured I wait for them to dry on the bush? Any help?
This area should be covered in massive pumpkin leaves, watermelons and rockmelons. Instead the bloody cobblers pegs are thriving. I may have a few pumpkins and that is it. We will try to replant this space again next summer. In the meantime we will keep ploughing the soil and adding green manure and compost to the soil.
A few tomatoes and peppers from the garden. We pick our tomatoes just on turning in hopes of saving them from fruit fly.
Can you see the water! We had 62mm of rain on Saturday.
Finally some eggplants. There leaves are yellowing and the have been attacked by the flea beetle again. So I need to give them some love this month.