Welcome to another round of the Garden Share Collective, a group of bloggers sharing their vegetable patches in hopes of inspiring others to grow their own food. At the bottom of this post you can peruse gardens from around Australia, New Zealand and further a field.
It’s towards the end of summer here in South East Queensland which means it is time to get back into the garden and start all over again. January was a mixture of rainy days, torrential days and then some extra hot days thrown in. We recorded 314mm for the month which is about right and should expect another wet month ahead. At the moment I am hoping for a storm to break the heat and cool things down.
Another stagnant month of work in the garden for us, yet the weeds grew like mad and the last of the veggies produced enough food for us. We are now at the foraging stage to harvest veggies to keep our little family fed at dinner time. Our one goal for the month was to cut back the weeds and possibly turn the soil and get it ready for the next planting.
Last week Roy and I invested in Howard our new rotary hoe. After trying to convince ourselves to once again turn our soil by hand we had to find another option. The procrastination paid off and now Roy can rip through six rows in an hour. All that is left to do is add organic matter, manure and gypsum, hill them up and then mulch them. So much easier.
The rosella’s have really come along. Looking forward to making some jam.
Sad sunflowers, now time to dry them – some for us and some for the chickens.
Grasshopper devastation on the silverbeet.
We have had a chilli glut and I have made dried chilli flakes with them to give to friends.
Possibly some tomatoes to harvest that don’t have fruit fly. Fingers crossed.
PLANTING: This month I will be starting seedlings and buying some from a local grower to start the next major round of planting. January nothing was planted only harvesting to make way for the new.
HARVESTING: The last of the spuds, some sweet potatoes, ginger, okra, kale, sweet peppers, zucchini’s and cucumbers.
TO DO LIST:
- replant the ginger bulbs for next season (yes its early but that way they can hibernate in the soil)
- plant potatoes
- poke some bean seeds into the soil
- prepare beds for planting
- get some mulch delivered
- keep the grass down
- start some more seedlings
- pest control – dipel and the occasional pyrethrum in the garden.