Garden Share Collective : May 2015

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Here we are with another round-up of keen gardeners sharing their vegetable patches to inspire more people to grow their own food. May is here and winter is on our door step, already. The past month has been hectic as well as a little sad as we have big changes ahead. We are moving to Northern NSW and I am going to have to leave my large veggie garden behind. I still have until June here so I am going to make the most of it while I can and harvest, harvest, harvest.

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This past week we have another lot of rain pushing our tally up again for the month of April. However I was skeptical two weeks ago and had watered like mad. I want everything to grow fast now that we are leaving. I want to get as much out of the garden before the next people move in.

Mind you last week we planted out some potatoes and garlic apart of the workshop we were running. I now have an excuse to come back and check on the tenants along with raid the garden in six to seven months time.

The weather has been really pleasant of late and as the nights have gotten cooler I was expecting to see my cucuabits start to shrivel a little. Turns out I am going through a bumper harvest of button squash and about to start zucchini collecting.


Above: Where the spuds and garlic are. Below – Carrots going nicely
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As always I have a little shadow who follows me around in the garden, her name is Isla and well she loves being outdoors and her new favourite thing to do is pick chillies. Still hasn’t figured out that she should not eat them though. 
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HARVESTING: Buttonsquash, kale, silverbeet, basil, beans, sugar-snap peas, potatoes, beetroot, radish and chillies. A few sweet peppers and I am yet to check the pumpkin vine.

PLANTING: This month I will plant our a few asian greens and anything else I can think of that grows quick and fruits in less than 8 weeks – Any ideas?

TO DO: Shed some more tears about how great my soil is finally looking and that I will have to leave it for a while. Mulch my fruit trees, fertilize the fruit trees, harvest the turmeric, pull out the luffa vine, check for pumpkins and finish the herb garden near the livable shed for new renters – cause everyone should be growing herbs.

My tomatoes are finally coming along and fruit fly is gone so my 50+ plants are doing really well – Come on tomatoes I want plenty before I leave. I want to make sauce, passata, relish. grow, grow, grow.strayedtable-6218 strayedtable-6222

Look forward to seeing what is happening out there.




Lizzie Moult

Lizzie Moult

Planning, cooking, chasing kids & running an online business; it might seem like there is a lot going on. Yet Lizzie is all about living simply and creating a flexible lifestyle that enables plenty of travel, adventure and quality time. A lifestyle writer and photographer for over 10 years for numerous publications, working online for over 14 years Lizzie also works as Cognitive Behavioural Therapist to help people live a life with passion & purpose without people-pleasing, imposter syndrome and seeking approval at

19 Responses

  1. Everything looks so gorgeous. I can’t wait until my beds are full and productive again. I hope your move goes well. I remember ours about five years ago. It is challenging moving to a new garden, but fun too. A new blank slate.

    1. Starting each year from scratch must be great though. I often feel torn about pulling out plants that are not doing as well as hoped to replace them.

  2. I’m thinking of you guys! Moving is tough, and just know that you’re moving is tough. Pot what you can, harvest and preserve what you can.

  3. Oh Liz it must be so very hard to walk away from your amazing property. On the flip side it will be wonderful for you to be near family and not have to be away from Roy so often. I am sure that you will create a magical and very productive space in your new garden. Fingers crossed for you that you get to harvest plenty before you leave the farm and I’m with Clare – take what you can to start your new garden.

  4. Best wishes for the move. A new adventure. Your garden is looking fantastic and productive so I hope you get to reap as much as you can from what you have sown.

  5. How sad. I hope you will planning a veg patch at your next place.
    Lovely looking silverbeet. I must buy some seedlings to put in, as it’s one thing I forgot to grow for this winter. I have had perpetual spinach going for a few years now, which usually self seeded. This year I haven’t had any come up and the old plants are looking pretty sad.

  6. I do feel for you as moving is not fun but enjoy your huge garden while you can and reap your rewards, bottle, pickle and dehydrate. It will be fun starting a new garden and yours, this month does look fabulous. You will make your next soil wonderful too. Don’t worry, be happy 🙂

  7. Hey Lizzie .. your garden is looking fabulous! How nice to be able to grow these varieties at this time of year. I have never grown turmeric – what a spoil. Keep up that mulch, great stuff!

  8. Wow, everything looks so healthy and lush…… you really have built up some good soil there. I hope the tenants continue to garden. Little Isla is lovely.

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