So very many caterpillars! Welcome to my new garden, small it is but man is it productive. We have lucked out with two raised beds the perfect size to feed three people plus the plants I brought from the farm. Here we are again with another round-up of the Garden Share Collective which is a group of bloggers sharing their veggie patches each month.
The Byron Bay hinterland is moist. I mean moist in the sense that it seems to rain a lot more than it did in Queensland. The move three hours south has made me realise that I lived in a special micro-climate on my hill in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The soil here is sandy loam perfect for growing and great for digging. I already have fallen in love with my new life and garden.
Below are a couple of snaps of the two veggie beds when we first moved in. We had some healthy looking cabbages, tomatoes that were sprawled out everywhere, so much silverbeet and for some reason broad beans and artichoke? Um, why? I have taken the liberty of pulling out the broad beans and plan to replace them with a more productive vegetable like zucchini and lettuces. The artichoke must go. Honestly for a backyard garden it is taking up far too much space. I am not sure how long it take for them to produce but they had better hurry up.
The one thing that I am super excited about in my veggie garden is the cauliflower. I have always wanted to grow it and it was never cold enough at the farm in Qld so here I am a proud owner of possibly 3 healthy look cauli’s. I can’t wait to eat them. One of my favourite veggies and I haven’t eaten it in so long.
After four weeks of on and off again rain the plants seemed to have gone nuts. The artichoke is huge and I am hoping that something productive comes out of it real soon. I have picked plenty of cabbages and weeded and pulled out things that are just not needed in the garden. Making way for new veggies. I have decided I will transplant my herbs into the soil as the weather warms up and my tomatoes from Queensland are not looking so happy but I am going to replant them out too in hopes to see them come back to life. Otherwise plenty of seeds are getting planted this month.
PLANTING: Kale seedlings went in this month and next month we will start some seeds for summer.
HARVESTING: Cabbages, lettuce, tomatoes, loads of herbs, butter beans and eggplants. We also have lucked out with very healthy looking silverbeet to eat.
TO DO: I have taken some of the plants out already and plan to continue to do so, I want a productive space as opposed to a display garden. These will be replaced with seeds for summer, things like, beans, zucchini’s, eggplants, Asian greens, more lettuce, a cucumber and who knows I might even let a pumpkin go wild if Roy let’s me. I will need to do plenty of mulching too.