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Autumn End in the Vegetable Garden

Garden Share Collective June 2015


Olive tree

Winter, hrrrumph! I can’t say that it is my favorite time of the year. I prefer the warmth. The bonus of Winter in the garden is that there is much less to do. It is a time to rest. The growth is less and the main focus is directed to keeping pests away from the plants until Spring approaches and the activity picks up again. Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves though since today is only the first day of Winter.


Winter vegetable garden  beds

The raised garden beds are currently filled predominately with either garlic or green manure, or both.  This year I intended to plant less garlic. I had 100 bulbs last year and although I use it almost daily in cooking I still have some left even after giving away a few strings to my mum.

Green manure

I intended to plant about 50 bulbs this year and let the garden have a rest over Winter. When I finally got around to planting them a few weeks ago I stopped counting at around 100 so there goes that resolution….There is garlic in the beds, in between the beds, in the top garden and in the tractor tyre. It won’t go to waste and of course it tastes much better than store purchased garlic. The greatest reason I grow my own is because then I know it has not been sprayed.

Garlic in tyre

Winter garden

The rhubarb is growing strongly, as are the beautiful fennel bulbs. The spring onions are a little out of control so I have been giving them away to anyone who would like to use some. The tiny little onion plants are now visible in the garden with their little stems thickening and standing tall.

The broccoli seedlings are coming along with minimal bug damage (touch wood). I do need to incorporate more regular checks for eggs on the leaves. Last month I said I was going to get my netting out to cover and protect them but as you can see I get a big red cross for that as I have not done so.


Garden lettuce

The kale seedlings are growing strongly. I reduced the number of plants this year and have put them into the quick turn over bed with the lettuce. The ones I left in last year over Summer got too scrappy looking and seemed more prone to bug attacks so I pulled all except one of them out. Random potatoes are popping up in the lettuce bed also and I still deciding if I will leave them in or not. I don’t fancy keeping them built up so they are likely to come out. I will think about potatoes in Spring.

Also doing beautifully in the garden at the moment are the peas, fennel, rocket, chilli and the capsicums are still abundant.

All of the potted trees, the olives, bay, the avocado, macadamia and miniature pear have all experienced wonderful growth spurts. The trees certainly take some patience in comparison to the short harvest cycle of vegetables.


  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach

These things have gone into the ground in the last week. I don’t intent to plant any new items this month. Note that I did say intend. I am not sure that I have ever had a month go by with nothing being added to the garden! There is always a first time…


Rocket harvest

  • Capsicum
  • Chilli
  • Herbs – basil, lemongrass, mint, sage, thyme, rosemary, chives, spearmint
  • Kale
  • Lemons
  • Rhubarb
  • Rocket
  • Spring Onions
  • Tomatoes – not many just a few here and there.

Garden Harvest

I made this little story on an app called Stellar to farewell Autumn. It is a summary of the season here in our backyard. I hope you like it. If you use Stellar be sure to come and say hi. My user name is afreshlegacy  I feel like the new girl at school over there with no friends at the moment!


To Do this month:

I got through most items on last months To Do list.  This month I will commence writing my book now that the planning phase is complete.  I don’t imagine that I will be doing much in the garden at all this month except a check here and there and a quick look around when I harvest whatever is available to add to our meals. 

The couple of activities that I will make time for will be:

  • Giving the compost a few stirs and adding in Autumn leaves that I didn’t do last month.
  • Add dried egg shells to cover the ground around the bok choy as that is currently a feasting destination of tiny snails. At this stage there will be none for the dinner table unless I get onto that sooner rather than later.

Are you going to join us? Use the link below and tell us all about your month in the garden. What are you planting, harvesting and doing this month? On the first Monday of each month we share a vegetable garden update. We aim to inspire more people to begin a vegetable garden and to share their adventures with others. You don’t have to have a big garden, you don’t even need to have a backyard – you can grow many vegetables and herbs in pots. I am thrilled to be appointed with Kate from Rosehips and Rhubarb as co-hosts of the Garden Share Collective with founder Lizzie from Strayed from the Table. We will be bringing you some new gardening information and activities to get involved with very soon. Please add your link below and ensure that you tell us what you are:

  • Planting
  • Harvesting
  • Jobs you intend to do this month (in the garden…)

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  • Lizzie {Strayed Table} June 1, 2015, 8:34 am

    Only 50 garlic this year! hee hee, I planted double of what I did last year for us and surprisingly they have all shot up. I have a feeling next year we will be scaring off all vampires from our place. Your garden is looking lush even in these cooler shorter days. I have to add that I have kale plants that are two years old in my garden, they never seem to die. I don’t water them for months and they seem to survive the heat. However this year I have aphids back in my garden – grrr.

    • Kyrstie Barcak June 2, 2015, 4:34 pm

      Hi Lizzie,
      My kale didn’t die, I cut it back firstly and left it but it got aphids also and got a bit mangy looking so I ended up scrapping it and planting nice new plants.

  • Nerida@ Crooked Cottage June 1, 2015, 8:40 pm

    I thought I had a lot of garlic in with my 27! Still, given I have very limited garden beds I think it’s probably plenty. I was just down in Melbourne for the weekend, and I have to say I can imagine why you wouldn’t want to get out in the garden too much in winter – well not without thermals anyway. It was rather chilly (or so I thought) this morning. Hope it doesn’t deter you from your lovely garden though!

    • Kyrstie Barcak June 2, 2015, 4:33 pm

      Hi Nerida, the promise of fresh goodies for the dinner table get me out all year round! I am just quicker to get in and out in Winter!!

  • Kate @rosehipsrhubarb June 1, 2015, 9:48 pm

    I had a chuckle over your ‘small’ garlic crop too. What are your secrets for getting nice big bulbs? Mine always end up pathetic, mingy little things.

  • A Kailyard in Adelaide June 2, 2015, 8:52 am

    Gorgeous photos. Well done on being relatively bug free, we netted and still got aphids! I would also like to know your garlic secret. Every year we plant and every year we get nothing; maybe it’s Adelaide?

  • Anonymous June 2, 2015, 10:44 am

    Great idea! I found this after I had finished my Picked and Planted post, so there are no to dos… It is very interesting to see the similarities and contrasts on opposite sides of the world! Also, what are capsicums? Are they peppers? Happy harvesting ?

  • Phuong @ Kentucky Fried Garden June 3, 2015, 3:45 am

    It’s wonderful seeing the garlic popping up everywhere, and your capsicum and chilli look amazing even in the cool weather.

    Thanks for posting the garlic hints, I’m going to try planting some this fall.

  • e / dig in hobart June 3, 2015, 8:25 am

    I am late to garden share this month (next week hopefully!). it’s great to read that you have so much going on in your garden still. and all that garlic – 50! that is roughly one head a week for a year. i’m in awe!

  • Bek June 3, 2015, 9:56 am

    You can never have too much garlic! Excellent harvests you are still having. Well done!

  • Jo @Countrylifeexperiment June 3, 2015, 8:49 pm

    We tend to over plant garlic too, but I have taken to preserving it in jars, so that I have enough garlic for the full twelve months. It is impossible to get Australian garlic around here.

  • Jill June 9, 2015, 10:05 pm

    Your photo’s of your garlic have inspired me to plant some again it’s been absent for a couple of years from my garden, thanks. I linked this post in my blog as well.

    • Kyrstie Barcak June 11, 2015, 7:54 pm

      Thanks so much Jill. I am so pleased to hear that you have been inspired to replant garlic. You have made my day. I am sure that you will not regret it when you are harvesting your gorgeous bulbs at the end of the year, Thanks so much for linking in also. I am off to take a look. Kyrstie

  • Nova Scotia Roots July 8, 2015, 10:58 am

    Looks lovely, I am envious that this is your “winter” garden as mine will be buried in 3 feet of snow by the time our winter rolls around! Have you ever let your kale reseed? I had one that survived the winter under a hoop tunnel and I am not sure when I should pick the seed pods, any idea?

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures!

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