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Garden Share Collective April 2015

Autumn Tomatoes

The garden is still doing a magnificent job of delivering kilos of tomatoes every few days. The basil is just starting to get a little woody and some of the leaves are starting to blacken but overall there is plenty of it to continue to enjoy. Tomatoes and basil are my measures of the season. Once they stop producing and die off Summer crops are officially over for me and I complete the transition of the garden beds to cooler weather plants.

This year has been very dry so the garden is probably more wilted that it should be at this point in time.  I have been busy preparing for a family mini break and doing pre-work for a course I am commencing after Easter.  As a result the garden has received minimal attention paid to it in the past month.

The eggplants are scaring me. They are still producing fruit and new fruit is continuing to develop, it seems to be never ending. I am really really really sick of them so have been taking them into a local cafe to use. I swapped a few kilos for some fresh sweet corn and figs so that was a bonus, oh and coffee 🙂 My neighbor will take some in the next week and after that I will try to swap them for fruit with a food swap group I have recently joined.

Eggplant

Some of the garden beds despite the neglect this month are still looking gloriously colorful, but a little tired, which is to be expected at this point in the season.

Autumn Color

Autumn Vegetable garden beds

Planting:

Autumn Seeds

  • Broccoli
  • Chilli – I am moving a colony of small chilli plants that self seeded under one of my plants into pots
  • Fennel
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Rocket
  • Spinach

Chilli

Harvesting:

  • Capsicum
  • Chilli
  • Eggplant!!!!!!
  • Herbs – chives, sage, basil, coriander, parsley, thyme, mint, spearmint,
  • Kale
  • 13 Pumpkins in total
  • Spring Onion
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Eggplants

Tomatoes and capsicums

Pumpkin

To Do:

  • Order garlic – or sort through my supply and see if there are any of the larger bulbs that I may plant this year.
  • Take care of my new seedlings! Plant any that survive my neglect
  • Tidy up the garden beds
  • Cut back the herbs hard
  • Think about pest control for the coming months

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How is your Autumn garden progressing? What are you planting and most looking forward to harvesting int he coming months?

Kyrstie

 

 

 

 

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  • Kate @rosehipsrhubarb April 6, 2015, 11:54 am

    I’m impressed that your basil, tomatoes and eggplants are still producing so well. Your garden is looking amazing and incredibly colourful even though it’s the end of summer.

  • Jo @Countrylifeexperiment April 6, 2015, 5:22 pm

    It looks like your garden has been incredibly productive this summer! It has been super dry here this summer too – fingers crossed for some more rain soon!

  • Africanaussie April 7, 2015, 9:43 am

    Up here in the tropics I am just thinking of planting all the plants that are dying off in your garden right now. I wish I lived next door I would be trading for some of those eggplant! Your garden is looking very good even though you say it has been neglected.

    • Kyrstie Barcak April 22, 2015, 2:01 pm

      Thanks African Aussie. I would happily trade them 🙂 Happy gardening this month.

  • Tracy April 7, 2015, 12:28 pm

    Your garden is looking really good. Great harvests too. It’s cooling down here now so it’s on to autumn/winter things but it’s so hard to pul out the summery plants.

    • Kyrstie Barcak April 22, 2015, 2:01 pm

      It is hard and takes a little adjusting the gaps at the end of such a bumper time in the garden. I agree.

  • Julie April 7, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Oh Kyrstie your garden looks amazing! You are still harvesting tomatoes … how brilliant. And as for your eggplants .. I wished I lived closer! LOL .. What a lovely harvest .. so nice to eat homegrown 😀

    • Kyrstie Barcak April 22, 2015, 2:00 pm

      I wish you lived closer too, I would happily haul them over the fence! Thanks Julie.

  • Nicki April 7, 2015, 6:17 pm

    I am very jealous of your tomato haul! Everything looks so amazing. Thanks for sharing

    • Kyrstie Barcak April 22, 2015, 2:00 pm

      Thank you Nicki. The tomatoes are fabulous this year thankfully. I rely on having a good crop to make all my sauces and condiments.

  • Nerida April 7, 2015, 7:14 pm

    I knew I would feel inadequate when I posted my garden share for the first time – you have so much wonderful produce. And such gorgeous colours – all when you have “neglected” the garden. Looks absolutely fabulous!!

    • Kyrstie Barcak April 22, 2015, 1:59 pm

      Please don’t feel inadequate Nerida, the idea is that the garden posts inspire others to grow! Your garden is lovely also. Thanks for joining in, welcome to the Collective.

  • lizzie @ strayedtable April 8, 2015, 8:08 pm

    Hope you have enjoyed your family time away and had a wonderful Easter. It is always a bit nerve racking when you leave your garden for an extended period especially when it has been dry. I am sure you will have more eggplants to come home too. I have to laugh that was me last year, honestly I was kinda glad we didn’t get any this year but now I have to wait until next year to get more as I refuse to buy them at $7 per kilo or more.

    • Kyrstie Barcak April 22, 2015, 1:58 pm

      They are still coming Lizzie!!! Thank you we did have a wonderful Easter it was nice to take a break.

  • e / dig in hobart April 9, 2015, 12:08 pm

    it is amazing to read (and see) how abundant your garden still is.
    thanks for the garlic reminder!

  • Razana April 14, 2015, 9:58 am

    What a great garden! And so many varieties of veg and herbs. Take pride in your gardening skills, the garden looks amazing!

    • Kyrstie Barcak April 22, 2015, 1:57 pm

      Thank you very much Razana that is lovely of you. I am proud of my garden, we enjoy the bounty it brings to our dinner table 🙂

  • Merryn April 28, 2015, 11:35 am

    Such beautiful produce. Your eggplants are divinely glossy and I bet you have been creative in cooking them too. Such diversity you so many herbs. Well done Kyrstie 🙂

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