The Garden Share Collective is in its sixth month of running and we have a really wonderful group of inspiring gardeners. Not only do they keep me thinking about what to plant, it almost forces me to go and do the weeding before I take any photos. Weeding is a big job when your veggie patch is about an acre in size. I have been asked to talk at Woodford Folk Festival this year about the project and to hopefully encourage others to start their own veggie patches or even grow their own herbs. Once again for those of you really eager to go and check out others gardens, at the bottom of this post you will find our members.
October was a month of crazy weather. You will hear me harp on about this subject every time. However its spring time here in sunny Queensland and we should not be getting days of 34+C’ consecutively with northerly winds. It’s great for my heat loving peppers, eggplants, tomatoes and corn. Everything else is looking a little less cared for. The rains we have had helped rejuvenate the weed population as well as boost the veggies into flowering and fruiting. We have had a bumper harvest this month which I will get to a bit later.
The eggplants and peppers above have received some maintenance but we have just had a group of hungry lady beetles move in. So I do rounds in the afternoons squashing the ones with the incorrect numbers of spots. Below the top part of the garden has been slowly put to rest, with the mulching of the old potato beds, mustard greens and kale about to get pulled out if they haven’t already. I will be keeping my curly kale going however the tuscan and red wont survive the heat. Other BUG related issues I have had a plague of caterpillars through my tomatoes this year. It’s never happened before and I wondered if any of you have any ideas about keeping them at bay? sprays to make up.
It’s sad to say this month we planted out about 24 chili’s and that’s it. The weather is a yoyo and until I have water for the garden I am letting it rest until after Christmas when the rains start again. I am looking forward to getting our tanks in for water collection in the coming months – this time next year I will have water and don’t have to sort out what to keep alive and what not too.
We have been really fortunate with getting two good storms through dropping 12 & 14mm of rain on the garden. The veggies have been supplying us with heavy crops which we are sharing around the community and supplying my boss’s business. We have picked thousands of cherry tomatoes (cherry cocktails, black cherries and yellow cherries) and we have also been getting a few roma’s, black russians and another variety that are perfectly rounded and red. We think they maybe grosse lisse. Above the big green tomato took 1 week to ripen on my bench with the other tomatoes. I had to save him just in case the caterpillars found him.
The rain gave a growth spurt to the zucchinis I even picked one that weighed 800gms – he was huge. But we have had over 10 kilos so far from our 20 plants. The cucumbers also love water and doubled in size after the rains and we have steadily been pickling 2-3 a day for the past few weeks. This month I hope to be picking eggplants, they are looking so good but I just want them a bit bigger.
For those of you who follow me on social media, I did go back and pick the green capsicum, he was just too good to leave there. I was talking to my boss who says that they take a long time to go red hence the price difference at the supermarket. Also the yellow zucchini’s are called crook-neck they are an heirloom variety that we tried out this year and they have been really successful though they are susceptible to powdery mildew more than the other varieties. Will be keeping some seeds for planting next year.
November for us is finish putting all the unused beds to sleep until after Christmas, which means some heavy weeding and mulching is on the cards. Watering will also be a priority depending on how the weather goes.
This month I have only broccoli seeds and possibly next month some asian greens like – bok choi and pak choi. If anyone want the asian greens let me know and I will collect them for you, otherwise I am happy for them to self seed in my veggie patch.
Garden Share Collective Members
|AUSTRALIA||NEW ZEALAND||UNITED KINGDOM|
|Eight Acres – QLD||Our Wee Farm||The Landrover Owners Wife|
|Dig In Hobart – TAS||Frog Pond Farm||The Garden Deli|
|The Life of Clare – VIC||Sharon’s Patch||Dale Cottage Farm|
|Brown Paper Belle – QLD||The Fig Tree||Shabby Chick|
|A Fresh Legacy – VIC||NZ Ecochick|
|Claire K Creations – QLD|
|African Aussie – QLD|
|Think Big. Live Simply – VIC|
|Gustoso – QLD|
|Gourmet Wog – NSW|
|Chloes Garden – VIC|
|Flame Tree Flowers – QLD|
|Donna Digs – VIC|
|Jeanie in Paradise – QLD|
|Dusty Country Road – VIC|
|Country Life experiment – NSW|
|My Yellow Heart – WA|
|Merryn’s Menu – NSW|
|The New Good Life – VIC
Helarious – NSW
Jellywares – NSW