Wow, it is already August. I am not sure where this year has gone but this is the biggest month in the garden for us. Here in South East Queensland its prime time to get your summer crops going ready for Christmas. I go on about planting around Ekka time but it is a sure way to get some great results and produce. Last month I decided on expanding the veggie patch. Good news is that it has been ploughed. Bad news is Roy is back for two weeks and in this very short window we need to get all the weeds pulled out, hill the soil, plant out the rows and get some irrigation set up. Yes all in two weeks. The area is huge and will double our production here on the farm. Fingers crossed that I also get some melons this year for Christmas, after failing for the past two years.
Not much rain again in July only 14.5mm, last year in August we had no rain so I am thinking it will be pretty much the same this year. The weather has been teasing us recently with mild nights and glorious days which have been unseasonably warm. It feels like spring is on it’s way. I wonder if summer is going to be a scorcher this year.
The start of the peas and purple king beans (above) and more of our tomatoes. Hoping that these are black krim that I saved seed for (below).
Finally the kale is coming back to life after being munched on by millions of aphids, finally lady beetles have returned but the aphids moved on to my broccoli :-(.
Also we had another visitor in the garden this month and it ate my strawberries back. I am thinking it may be one of the local wallabies we have lurking around. They haven’t been back so fingers crossed that they come back to life in leaps and bounds and we get some strawberries.
This patch of silver beet is still going, I planted it out in February. With the little rain we had it seems that the plants have been rejuvenated as I was threatening to pull them. Below is on of our first potato tomatoes, I am looking forward to seeing how the flavour is as well as the plants surviving a good Queensland summer.
Above: Our cabbages and broccoli are now being harvested after being planted out in June, you can now see the progress they have made. Also behind the brassica’s is two rows of potato tomatoes and then the snowpeas. The snowpeas took a battering a week ago and have fallen down, I have tied them up the best I could but hope they start to shoot up again.
Planting: This is the major planting/sowing I do each year ready for summer. Seeds go direct into the ground – pumpkins, watermelon, rockmelon, beans, beetroot and carrots. Seedlings to go in – kale, onions, silverbeet, zucchini, cucumbers, more tomatoes, lettuce, asian greens, luffa, rosella’s and what ever else comes up from our last seed trays.
Harvesting: We have been really lucky this past month with our crops we are currently feeding five families each week. Our winter pickings – tomatoes, cabbages, kale, beetroot, snowpeas, silverbeet, asian greens, tatsoi, zucchini, small broccoli florets, the last of the eggplant, sweet peppers, capsicums, chillies and rhubarb
TO DO: this month before September
– TLC to the herb garden and replant
– Sow more seedlings and plant existing seedlings
– Plant out pumpkins & melons (Ekka Week)