The Garden Share Collective has grown in numbers and we now have a an international section. At the bottom of this post you can visit your country or skip around the world looking at other eager gardeners. We have added a hashtag on twitter #gardencollective so we can interact any time to complain about the weeds or sing a victory song when you pick a plentiful harvest.
This month seems to have slipped between my fingers. My to do list kinda got done (not), we did plant out our fruit trees and did finish another section where the spuds were going to go in. However the last section is yet to be ploughed, tilled and planted. Soon, soon.
I spoke about the difference of planting with the moon calendar with root vegetables like garlic and potatoes and below is a photo that shows you the difference. It’s amazing to think that we only planted them 4 days apart. The first one on the root day and then the second lot four days later. We are still waiting for the rest to poke their heads out of the ground in the section that were planted four days later. My garlic is thriving now with these cooler nights we are having it reached 4’c last week. We have had plenty of rain again this month keeping this garden well watered as we don’t have any water access to this garden as yet.
Potatoes after four weeks in the ground.
Just to show you that we did finish mulching and planting here is the before from last months blog post and the now. The first bed in the garden is tomatoes, kale, broccoli, sweet potato, the second bed behind is the potatoes and garlic we planted with the moon calendar. Then the one behind that is the second lot of potatoes and behind that which you can’t really see (lucky) is work for us to do a bed that is now growing kikuya grass again. 🙁
We have had over 80ml of rain this month, I don’t mean to rub it in but I am grateful that I don’t have to water my garden everyday or start draining my tank to keep the veggies happy. Above is (a bad photo) the growth of my cabbages in four weeks. Two weeks ago I applied some organic fertilizer pellets while it was raining to give them a boost. Now I just need to spray them with some dipel to keep those pesky caterpillars off. The good news now that is colder the bugs have not been as prolific in the garden and most of my veggies are still in tact and not chomped at.
JULY in the Garden: To Do List
The dreaded to do list. This month Roy and I are finishing off our last bed and digging a new one to get ready for August planting. The millions of cobblers pegs on our property are shooting up in clumps throughout the veggie beds. It’s a bit easier to pull out a clump of them instead of them being spread evenly through the mulch. So I have plenty of weeding to do over the next four weeks. We are at the stage of making more garden beds and getting them ready for August, this means ploughing and turning the soil as much as possible. We also hope to build at least two raised beds in my lower veggie patch to start some organised gardening. I like things neat and tidy it is easier to manage – I think.
Garlic standing up proudly after planting only a month ago.
Bottom veggie patch: red kale, kale nero and curly kale and broccoli. You can see the spuds in the next patch over.
I picked my broccoli about six weeks ago and have left it in the ground to re-shoot from the sides. It sprouts more florets, they are not as big as the first ones, however they are the size of broccolini and just as delicious.
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