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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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