Welcome to another round of the Garden Share Collective, which is a group of avid gardeners who share their adventures in their veggie patches. This month I have contended with ex-cyclone Marcia and as you can see I have seedlings that are waiting patiently to go into the soil.
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Did someone mention rain? We had only seven days without it in February, 430mm of rain fell in four days thanks to Marcia and we still have had blistering 30’c days which are roasting the garden. It has been a week since the major downpour and we still have puddles in the soil, springs have popped up and the clay sections of the garden are just impossible to work in.
We also had a small landslip in the garden, the heavy rain took some of the soil on an adventure to some fruit trees which are below the garden. I am glad we had very minimal damage from the weather, the only thing I am complaining about is too much rain. I am wishing I could send it to all you girls in the southern states who have copped 40’c days these past weeks.
Marcia has prolonged my planting, it should have been happening when she arrived. So I am still waiting for the ground to dry out so we can get the rotary hoe back in to turn the soil. Surely it will stop raining soon. So we had a total of 533mm for the month.
Out of control garden bed thanks to rain, heat and sunshine. Hope to reclaim this bed by the end of March. Also thanks to the rain we have zucchini’s rotting with a little help from fruit fly of course too. It is a sad state of affairs in the veg patch at the moment. Wait till next month, I hope to be gloating.
Loads of chilli’s again
We took the heads off the sunflowers and planted beans and peas at the bottom. They should make a great trellis.
PLANTING: Everything I can possibly think of. Finally this next month my garden should be getting full. Broccoli, silverbeet, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, basil, parsley seedlings. Seeds to be planted are fennel, beetroot, carrots, onions, beans, peas, more tomatoes and lettuces.
HARVESTING: Okra, chillies, leeks, spring onions, kale and a few sweet peppers. This month the garden has provided curries. We did have a few sneaky spuds the other day which ended up as soup. Otherwise it has been pretty sad.
TO DO: Brace yourself
- Plough, hill, mulch and plant three large gardens
- Sow seeds and succession planting in two weeks
- Strip the kale, mulch and fertilize
- Mulch and fertilize all our fruit trees
- Chookpoo the rhubarb and remove the shade cloth
- Transplant the taro with the other rhizomes
- Plant ginger (yes early but it will go to sleep for a few months)
- Plough another bed for potatoes and garlic. March is premium time for us for garlic growing.
- Mow all the grass around the beds and keep down – its time to reclaim our space
- Fertilize any plants that are staying in the garden – possibly the eggplant and sweet peppers
- Mulch anything that looks like it needs
- Sort through seeds and order more seeds
- Harvest the luffa and rosellas
- Watch the garden transform for winter growing