Autumn Planting

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Hi all.

It has been a little while since I last wrote on here, 8 years or so actually. Since then I got a job, bought some land, had a daughter, changed to a job that allowed me to spend more time with my daughter, sold the land, had a son, bought and sold another house.

Then I ended up buying a house on the community I grew up on, next door to my parents…that was definitely never part a younger Roy’s plan.

Our land is a couple of hundred acres of mixed steep gum forest and subtropical rainforest valleys, not exactly farming territory. But as luck would have it a good friend that I grew up with took over his parents house down the road which included a large vegetable garden that he didn’t have the time to maintain. To get the garden back in shape he has let a group us neighbors to look after the garden for him and see what we could grow.

That was about a year ago now, and the garden is a completely different place now, although most of the work being put in is myself flying solo at this point.

With the garden ready for winter I have been laying down a bunch of seed and I thought I would share what is going in to keep a bit of a record, and show what grows in our particular sub-tropical valley. I have some seedling trays set up behind my house, and the seed has been going in with the help of Harlan and Isla.

Autumn Planting

The seeds currently going in is quite extensive and includes:

Broccoli, Asian Greens, Beetroot, Beans, Peas, Radish, Carrots, Lettuce, Cucumber, Squash, Zucchini, Spring Onions, Kale, Kohlrabi, Tomatoes and Herbs.

Really there are too many varieties to list here, so I have put a link to my garden notes below. This includes my planting diary, planting plan, what seeds I have purchased and many other notes on the garden. Please have a look and if you have any questions please leave a comment. I am still finding my way here and some of the plants seem to grow to slightly weird seasons in this valley.

Autumn Planting

Next post I will get some pictures of the garden up. Lizzie did a little video which she will also put up which will show it pretty well.

We are harvesting a bit from the garden at the moment including Snake Beans, Romano Beans, Purple King Beans, Okra, Tromboncino, New Guinea Bean, Eggplant and Cucumber.

The Tomatoes and Capsicums were also pretty good, but are done for the time being.

Anyway, I have to say that though I never gave up the gardening since leaving the Sunshine Coast it feels great to be doing on a decent scale again. Follow along and see if I can actually get some decent veggies on the table.

Click the button below to see my live garden notes spreadsheet, which will evolve as the garden does and show what is working and what.

Leave me a comment if you have any questions



Growing veggies, keeping the solar going and listening to music; one might think Roy never leaves his home with his green thumb yet he is an adventurous foodie who loves trying the weird and wonderful cuisines of any culture. An electrical engineer by trade his nerdiness also crosses over into his love for folk music and playing warhammer.

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