Welcome to another round of the Garden Share Collective. I am happy to report that the GSC is now one year old, we started off with only seven people’s gardens and now we are a family of forty from around the globe. This coming year I have changed how you will view posts about other gardens. At the bottom of this post will be a photo grid of other gardens, if you have something to share just click on the submit button below it.
Do you like the size of the rhubarb leaf in my garden. I have chopped the large leaves out to encourage the crowns to grow stronger and thicker as I grew them from seed earlier this year. You can see how much the rhubarb has grown in a month below. We had a total of 16.5mm of rain last month its nothing to gloat about at all. However I have had a tank full of water to keep the soil moist. The weather has really been trying with strong drying winds, cold nights and the odd warm day with not much rain. Not the best growing conditions. This month I have also been struggling with a plague of aphids and disease – bean mosaic. So things have been getting pulled out of the garden all over the place and the veggies have slowed their growth.
The days will soon start to get longer again and summer will be on our door step in no time I am sure.
Last month I took a photo of our broadbeans in hopes that they might start producing. Well they did – one lousy bean, can you believe it. I have heard that they dont like nitrogen rich soil, since this is what you are usually aiming for when growing leafy greens I am not sure what to do to make the soil less nitrogen rich. The cool thing too is that the sweet potato growing in among the broadbeans is also doing really well.
Its amazing what water and fertilizer can do for a garden. Even with a lack of rain, you can see the difference in growth in our bottom bed. I have watered the garden every two or so days and fertilized once at the start of the month with dynamic lifter type stuff. Also sprayed with dipel to keep the cabbage month down. As they do love brassica’s. Also turns out we planted a lot more cabbage than broccoli as you can tell by the photos.
Grosse Lisse – seriously one of the most prolific tomato harvests we have had from one plant. Also the bugs have seemed to miss this tomato plant.
Snowpeas looking healthy, we are now picking over 1 kilo a week from our plants.
Darn aphids. If you can see the tiny grey/black looking things on the flower of the broccoli, well these culprits are what is damaging my garden this winter. They came in their millions and have decreased in numbers over the past week and a half as the lady beetle population has gotten bigger. I have tried to keep on top of spraying them too – I used eco-oil. Still we have them and they brought a disease with them. Bean mosiac, which is a virus that makes the leaves of either bush or climbing bean yellowy then goes hard and brown. It also makes the beans deformed and tougher which is not pleasant to eat. So I saved only one row of beans which don’t have the disease and hope like hell that all the new ones that have come up don’t get it either.
The strawberries have put out their first flower. The runners are slowly getting bigger and stronger however I noticed that they have black spots which is no doubt from watering the leaves and leaving them overnight. Must check it though at some point but all the new foliage is looking really good and healthy. I am just stoked to see a flower and who knows I might even get a strawberry before the crows take them.
PLANTING: This week I am hoping to plant out two or three trays of seeds for our next round of planting at the end of July start of August. I will be sowing – cucumbers, zucchini’s eggplants, peppers, more beans, silverbeet, beetroot, cabbages and a sneaky round of broccoli.
HARVESTING: Tomatoes (black russians, cherry cocktails and grosse lisse), lebanese eggplant, snowpeas, silverbeet, kale, rhubarb, zucchini’s, beetroot, broccoli and asian greens. Looks like our lettuce is good to go too
TO DO: I am going to be extending my garden, this month I have to get someone in to turn the soil, so we can start cleaning it up and hilling it for planting. Clean out the last of anything that has any disease or aphid infestation on it and get rid of it. Fertilize and spread compost and get the soil ready for more planting. Its time to start thinking about spring time growing and summer.