It’s time for another Garden Share Collective, which is a group of bloggers from around Australia and the world sharing their vegetable patches. It is a way to monitor progress in our gardens and remind us what we need to do each month. Boy, my list is long for this next week while I have hubby home to help. With the weather warming up its time to protect some of my veggies. We have shadecoloths to erect and netting to put up. Fruit fly traps to set and mulching and plenty of weeding to do. October was very poor in the rainfall department a total of 9.5mm and we have a few storms predicted this coming week so I hope that we get some rain. Also if the rain does come I want my garden to be full of seedlings and seed ready to grow.
Remember two months ago we planted out our new veggie patch. It looks pretty sad here but the good news is I am harvesting spuds, snowpeas, sugarsnaps, zucchini’s already. The watermelons, rockmelons, pumpkins and cucumbers are taking off. The picture below is the watermelon spreading out it’s runners. The corn has really seen better days, constantly nibbled on by wallabies and then me taking to it with the brushcutter. We do have a few strands surviving.
Rosella bush finally taking off. From the 12 plants I only have five that survived that past two months. I think I need to start them a little later next year.
Evidence the wallabies also like strawberry leaves – boooo
Our onions are all going to seed. I hope that they will still produce reasonable sized onions. If not I have plenty of seed to sow some more.
Freshly planted out rows. I hope to have a before and after session next month. These rows will be flourishing with tomatoes, cabbages, peppers and eggplants. I am still needing to fill gaps with sunflowers and zucchini’s.
Yucky black beetle that keeps eating my eggplants. Nothing works to get rid of them. I spray every two days and they keep coming back. If anyone has an unusual sprays for bugs I would love to hear it.
The new trellis for our luffa plants to climb. They have just started to be happy to be alive and it was time to give them something to hold on to. Thanks for all the advice on the Facebook page. It is the first time I have grown these guys.
HARVESTING: Plenty of tomatoes (Cherry cocktails, black russians, grosse lisse, potato leaf tomato, palmwoods and black krim), our first cucumber, beans, sugar snap peas, snow peas, potatoes, zucchini, silverbeet, beetroot, onions, rhubarb and plenty of herbs.
PLANTING: We have a few rows left to sow out this coming week which will be filled with more tomatoes, zucchini’s, silverbeet, eggplants, capsicums and what ever else we pick up at the plant market. This past weekend we planted out more corn, watermelons, pumpkins, zucchini’s, sunflowers, silverbeet and tomatoes.
- Love our herb garden near the house, replant, mulch and do a tidy up.
- Mushroom compost and plant out our top garden near the house with leafy greens
- Shade cloths built around plants that need some protection from the sun
- Pull out the failed broad bean crop
- Plant out all the remaining rows ready for summer (last planting of the year) – this week
- Mulch any plants that need it
- I am sure there is more, most of these jobs are big.
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