The Garden Share Collective : April 2014

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Our first harvest of snake beans from the garden

Welcome to another round of the Garden Share Collective. The Garden Share Collective is a group of bloggers who share their vegetable patches, container gardens and the herbs they grow on their window sills. Creating a monthly community to navigate through any garden troubles and to rival in the success of a good harvest we will nurture any beginner gardener to flourish. Each month we set ourselves a few tasks to complete by the next month, this gives us a little push to getting closer to picking and harvesting. The long-term goal of the Garden Share Collective is to get more and more people gardening and growing clean food organically and sustainably.

March proved to be a challenging month in the garden again with the first few weeks being very hot and dry again. Yet the last week of the month the skies finally opened and dumped over 300ml at our place over the week. 200ml of that was in 24 hours. The pleasures of living in Queensland I guess. Great News, our tanks are finally full and my garden tanks will be able to provide plenty of water for me to keep my garden thriving through the drier months later in the year or give a good drenching after a scorcher day. No more fingers crossed waiting for rain. Hooray.

With the rainfall our plants managed to grow incredible big these past few weeks. I took a couple of before and after shots for you to see the difference in what the garden looked like at the end of last month (feb) and then the end of (march) which was last week. We have once again an abundance of zucchini’s and everything else is taking off getting ready for us to harvest again for the coming months.

I have planted out another rotation of seedlings this month into the garden and into trays to be planted in the coming weeks. I really want to master succession planting this year and not run out of food. I guess its easier said then done as at the moment we don’t have any tomatoes except a few split cherries left from the rain. Though it looks like int he come coming weeks we should have the next crop ready again of real tomatoes.

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Above: Our raised bed from last month which has grown incredibly. Small seedlings from last month and now big towering zucchini’s and silverbeet plants.

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Above: the tomatoes have quadrupled in size, while the potatoes have come up too. Below: The before and after of the zucchini’s and beans from last month.

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Above: Rhubarb in one of our raised beds

Planting: We have planted seeds like mad. This past month though we planted out the seedlings that did work. Things like; Broccoli, cabbage, kale, tomatillos (for Roy), silverbeet, tomatoes, garlic, zucchini’s, beans, asian greens, lettuce and also a bed of rhubarb. Our onions and leeks didn’t seem to do so well so will try and put them out as just seed. We are going to be planting another tray of seedlings any day now for us too, to keep the succession planting going.

Harvesting: With the rain over the past few weeks we have had plenty of zucchini’s. Another glut but a tasty one at that. The tomatoes have slowed and we are now waiting on the new ones which we planted out in Feb. Beans have just started doing well, both snake and green lake. The silverbeet has just come on nicely and the poor old kale is still getting munched on, so it’s very hit and miss.

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Above: Our cucumbers going up to save on space and start of our harvest. Below: A stripey zucchini which is meant to be a golden zucchini.

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To Do: With me about to have a baby, the plan is to fetilize the garden and for Roy to plant out any of our last seedlings. Roy will also do a dipel spray ever week to keep the cabbage month and cluster bug away from the kale. Otherwise its time to sit back and watch the garden produce us ample amounts of food for a month. I am going to put my feet up for the month, well I will try too anyways.

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Above: freshly planted out rows of broccoli, kale and silverbeet.

Below: One of my cabbages hanging on for dear life after being attacked by cluster grub, then grasshoppers and then cabbage white fly. Must keep using Dipel.

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GARDEN SHARE COLLECTIVE MEMBERS

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 Eight Acres – Qld Our Wee Farm Spade Fork Spoon
 Melissa Loh– Qld Five Course Garden Mark’s Veg Plot
 Sunny Corner Farm  – NSW The Fig Tree The Landrovers Owners Wife
 Dig In Hobart – Tas Living the Good Life The Garden Deli
 Dusty Country Road – Vic Frog Pond Farm A Whole Plot of Love
 African Aussie – Qld Cottage Tails Shabby Chick
 A Fresh Legacy – Vic Living our Good Life An Urban Veg Patch
 Chole’s Garden – Vic Alder & Ash
 Claire K Creations – Qld
 Bek’s Backyard – Vic
 Ock Du Spock – NSW CANADA
 Helarious – NSW Hiemstra Gardens
 Think Big. Live Simply – Vic
 The New Good Life – Vic
 Donna Digs – Vic
 Merryn’s Menu – NSW
 The Country Life Experiment – NSW
 Chez Skud – Vic
 Wild Thyme & Sweet Pea – NSW
 On The Ning Nang Nong – Vic
 13 Acres – Vic
 Poppy Fox – Vic

 

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15 Comments

  1. Sounds like the rain has been very unpredictable in your neck of the woods, but the garden is still looking good. I find it hard to imagine planting out tomatoes at this time of year, they are definitely a summer only crop down here. Mine are slowly coming to an end, but should still get a few more weeks out of them depending on frosts of course – but so far so good. A month of putting your feet up is just what’s need in the lead up to having a baby – one good thing about going over a little is you get that nice restful pre-birth period for just a bit longer (or for me a nearly two months after a stopped work, my first was just too comfortable in there, but she did come eventually as they all do). Just remember, never again will you have the peace to rest up before a baby, you’ll have a toddler or small child to care for as well as preparing for any subsequent births – so enjoy it!

  2. Hey Lizzie. I have raised bed envy! The growth in your garden is amazing! Love seeing all your mulch. Wonderful stuff. I wish I could get a handle on succession planting. I tend to bung all my seedlings in at once. Bad me! :):

  3. Garden’s looking great Lizzie. Glad you got some rain too. It makes such a difference doesn’t it!

  4. You are amazing gardening like that when your little one is about to arrive. Everything is looking very good, and I do believe you have that succession planting down pat. Rain does awesome things to the garden doesn’t it? Go ahead, put your feet up – you deserve it!

  5. I can never quite believe the crazy Qld weather you get up there! Hooray for full tanks 🙂

  6. It’s amazing to see the difference that the rain has made to your garden – those before and after pics are a good idea. I’m trying to work out where you are weather wise – does it stay warm in the next few months in Aus? We’re just coming out of the cold period, early spring, so can start sowing although I already have broad (fava) beans coming up and peas ready to go out – and the perennials work well (rhubarb, asparagus, herbs). Also, your straw …. I’m intrigued! Do you use it as a mulch? I’m wondering whether that idea would work over here in the drier summer months (I’m a bit strapped for water in the veg patch!). Good luck with the birth, all the best!

    • It stays pretty warm where i live Caro. I use mulch as a weed protection as well as to keep the water in the soil, so if you have a dry spot i really recommend it.

  7. I love the way your garden continues to just continue to cycle through rounds and rounds of production! I am also incredibly impressed with your energy at the moment. I hope you get some rest time in before your beautiful bun arrives. Take care. X

    • Don’t worry Kyrstie, I am slowing down. Only an hour of gardening a day now is my job. The rest is feet up and watching as much David Attenbourough as possible.

  8. wow you are busy considering you have a baby due any day now! I’m going to look up what Dipel is…as I’m curious. we’ve had a type of caterpillar eating our kale. the chilli and garlic spray worked ok and thankfully I have a few cabbages just about ready that are unaffected. Hoping you get some rest soon! Thanks for having me too x

  9. Your garden/farm looks amazing Lizzie, you’ve done so well so close to giving birth. How healthy you’ll be with all that exercise and good supply of veggies though and your baby is going to be weaned so well!

  10. How fantastic you have had rain and everything looks so healthy. Your beans, zucchini and spinach are wonderful. Best wishes for the arrival of your child, you seem so vibrant and busy, it is amazing you are doing so much in your state. Rest easy and look after yourself x 🙂

  11. lizzie, i can’t beleive i didn’t get to YOUR garden share post! my greenest leafiest apologies 🙂
    those snake beans are impressive. i’m so glad too to hear of your decent rainfalls. i take it you are no where near cyclone Ita? i’m fuzzy on my geography.
    i’m also in awe of your recylced metal fencing for climbing lattices. very stylish 🙂