What a month! Here in South East Queensland the weather has really been putting us to the test with extreme heat of 43’c+ days and then wild hale storms. We were lucky to have missed all the hale however we have recorded over 80mm this past week. Which is great for all my cucumbers, melons, pumpkins and zucchini’s. Which were all going yellow due to not having enough water. Welcome to this months round of the Garden Share Collective a group of bloggers who share their trials and tribulations of growing vegetables.
You like my first ever pumpkin? I finally have a few fruits setting I have a couple of butternuts, japs, watermelons and an unknown variety of pumpkin yet to be found out. Thanks to all the rain we should see some more fruits coming on. The weeds are going to go mental in the garden with this rain so I will need trim around the plants so the big leaves can flood the light from the weeds which will hopefully mean less weeding for me. Fingers crossed.
Just after the last garden collective Roy and I put up some shade cloth to protect the rhubarb plants and also on the small leafy green bed which will grow our lettuces, asian greens and rockets. We used a very thick 80% shade cloth which we find works for us. I think if it was any lighter that northern sun would still scorch our plants when it reaches 40’c. I also bought some bird netting to keep the wallabies (not the birds) from eating the tops off my strawberries and they have come back great guns.
So much green. Finally soaking rain has come the weeds and the veggies have taken off with the warm weather that has followed. I am happy to see my garden thriving finally after all that planting out. November and December I generally keep the planting out of seedlings to a very minimum. This way the heat wont kill them instantly. The plants that are in tend to have made a good root system and survive. With the rain our tanks have started to fill again they are not full but they are on there way.
The photo above is a combination of sunflowers, silverbeet, potatoes, tomatillo’s, okra, cabbages, eggplants, zucchini – it looks like a mess but I am now letting any volunteer plants live. Only if they is crowding of the important plants then will I remove them. Come January I plan on planting the base of the sunflowers with silverbeet. Mind you some beans could work depending on how high the sunflowers grow. Below you can see I still kind of have rows which contour the ground making swales for our water.
PLANTING: This month I won’t be planting anything. I will be starting my next round of seeds early January depending on the forecast.
HARVESTING: This time of the year all the hard work of previous months starts to really show. We are digging up spuds the last of our beetroots. Picking plenty of tomatoes, silverbeet, kale, sweet peppers, zucchini’s and loads of cucumbers which I have made up my famous Bread & Butter Pickles. Onions have also been harvested this month – I have never had some so sweet before.
TO DO LIST: Main goal for this month is to weed, weed and more weed. Also start mulching underneath the setting fruit on the pumpkins and melons. Possibly gather some milk crates to cover the fruit to protect from birds and not sure how to keep the mice out just yet but will need to investigate. Maintenance is the key this month so when we start back in the garden in January and February we will be off to a good start.
What has been happening in your garden?