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Garden Share Collective August 2014

Potato harvest

This month in the garden:

My list of activities to complete in the garden last month all got marked off as complete. You can find those items in last months post here.  This post is a month summary of what is happening in my vegetable garden. It is part of a community of gardeners around Australia and the world who gather and share their gardening tips, successes and failures via Strayed From the Table.

The onions look like they are coming along beautifully. This year I have planted about a third of the number I usually plant. I am working on getting the optimum balance of planting for each season. Last year I found that onions, shallots, garlic and leek took up too much space for too long a period. In comparison this Winter our harvests have been much larger This is partly due to the inclusion of a new planting area this year, but also because of what has been planted.

onions growing

There is garlic growing in multiple areas of the garden including some in pots – you can not have too much home grown garlic:

garlic3 (1 of 1)

grow garlic in pot

growing garlic

I think that you get the idea ….garlic is also growing in two other areas of the garden. I will spare you the images.

A few pea plants have made it through the wet and the cold nights and mornings. The ones that have are divine beauties don’t you think? They are such elegant, pretty plants, I could marvel at them for ages!


I am starting to clear out all of the garden beds in preparation for the impending Spring planting. The potatoes in one section of the garden (shown below) have been totally cleared out. The huge volume of straw that was  mounded around them has been moved to other areas of the garden to provide mulch, plus some has been added to the compost heap. There are a few leeks remaining in that garden bed and a capsicum that has survived Winter.

potato plot


The broccoli and bok choy are gorgeous at the moment. I am disappointed that the radicchio has barely grown more than 1 cm in the last 3 months!  The cabbage has also been very slow to move along. It is looking like it will be well into Spring or even Summer before they are ready. I won’t plant them again as I will be wanting that space other things by the time they are progressing…I guess that is part of the learning curve. You take note of what works for you and your space, climate, soil, and your family preferences and then adjust accordingly.

Winter vegetables


Plant seeds in shelter

As per this time last year, I have taken over Mr Fresh’s bench in the shed with seed trays. It is the perfect sheltered spot to grab sunshine to lift those little seeds up from the soil.

In the last couple of weeks I have planted seeds of:

  • basil
  • beans
  • beetroot
  • carrot
  • coriander
  • kale
  • lettuce
  • peas


lemon tree

  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Lemons
  • Lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Potatoes
  • Sage
  • Spinach
  • Spring onions
  • Thyme

Things to do this month:

I will dig up more potatoes and clear the beds as things are finished up for the season to allow the soil to rest for a little before replanting in Spring.

I aim to start planting tomato seeds at the very end of this month, in the shed alongside the others I have been planting in the last couple of weeks.

I may add in some more peas. I will wait until September to plant capsicum and eggplant this year as they did not sprout with the tomatoes last year.

How is your garden faring in this last month of Winter? Are you looking forward to Spring?

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  • Krista August 4, 2014, 6:39 am

    Your peas are so pretty! Mine are still in the flowering stage, but I hope to get some peas soon. 🙂 My brassicas are also slow-going this year, but they’ve really shot up with the warmer weather this week and I hope we’ll be eating from them soon. 🙂 Love all your garlic everywhere!

  • e / dig in hobart August 4, 2014, 9:09 am

    sigh… i am just enjoying the sight of that bowl of freshly dug spuds. i need to grow spuds! were they roasted, or boiled, and piled with lots of melty butter and salt and pepper? yummmm 🙂
    i’m also enjoying the sunshine in your photos. not much of that down here today!

  • Sue Webber August 4, 2014, 9:27 am

    Your garden is so much further ahead than ours here in NZ, everything is looking good and I too am jealous of the spuds. Gosh we need to get our act together and crack on in the garden

  • juliesgardenblog August 4, 2014, 10:39 am

    Gosh, you are so organised! Love the fact that you already have seeds sown. That’s it, I’m doing it tomorrow! LOL Your garden looks wonderful (love your photos). Really enjoying seeing your stuff on Facebook too 🙂 Happy gardening

    • Kyrstie Barcak August 5, 2014, 2:44 pm

      Ha ha I try to keep some seeds constantly rotating Julie to make sure that we always have some items to collect other than lettuce greens

  • Helen August 4, 2014, 11:34 pm

    Your potatoes look amazeballs!!
    Wow, do you recommend preparing the beds for spring this early? I guess I’m a bit nooby on this, I probably start to late anyway 😀

    • Kyrstie Barcak August 5, 2014, 2:43 pm

      Hi Helen, I get excited about Spring planting 🙂 I like to let the soil rest for a little after potatoes.

  • Daphne August 5, 2014, 1:30 am

    I would agree. Those peas do look so lovely. As does the rest of the garden.

  • Rachel and Jamie August 5, 2014, 2:17 pm

    We also find the leeks take too much space for too long. We have a separate bed organised for them now, it is in the front garden where they are disguised by loads of jonquils, daffodils, sparaxis and freesias. Your photos are really lovely!

    • Kyrstie Barcak August 5, 2014, 2:42 pm

      That sounds like a great way to grow leeks but keep them out of the regular garden space Rachel.

  • lizzie @ strayedtable August 6, 2014, 8:09 am

    Those spuds look amazing, I don’t think we have ever had them that big. I am about to plant three varieties to see what happens this season. What variety are those? It is so strange that you are only planting out tomato seeds at the end of this month, I guess that is one lucky thing about living in Queensland I can have tomatoes all year round but do battle the fruit fly in summer. Look forward to seeing your spring time planting.

    • Kyrstie Barcak August 7, 2014, 6:32 pm

      Hi Lizzie, this year I planted Nicola and Sebago potatoes and have been really pleased with them. They taste amazing! I thought I went overboard with the amount I planted but I think it has been just about right. You are very fortunate to have such mild Winters that tomatoes can go all the way through.

  • Bele @ BlahBlah August 6, 2014, 10:33 am

    Gorgeous and very inspiring! I’m so excited because this year my garlic just leapt out of the bed and is just growing so well, which is in complete contrast to last year. I might have to plant more next year and find new spots like you have done x

    • Kyrstie Barcak August 7, 2014, 6:29 pm

      The more fresh garlic the better 🙂 plant it where ever you can!

  • Francesca August 7, 2014, 8:38 am

    My radicchio is also small but I know fram past plantings that it will grow big and fat come Spring. I have a few remaining capsicums but last weeks frost got them.

    • Kyrstie Barcak August 7, 2014, 6:28 pm

      Thanks for the radicchio tip, I have been really looking forward to harvesting it and probably watching it too closely! The frost is harsh, that is shame you lost your capsicums. I have two or three plants that are still just hanging in so I have my fingers crossed that they will make it through to the warmer weather and start producing again.

  • Kate @rosehipsrhubarb August 7, 2014, 11:57 am

    Your garden is looking great, especially the garlic and spuds. Have you been badly affected by the frosts this week?

    • Kyrstie Barcak August 7, 2014, 6:26 pm

      Hi Kate, fortunately our home is quite protected so none of the plants have suffered because of frost. Thanks for visiting.

  • Chrissy Dunienville August 8, 2014, 9:28 pm

    My fave pic is the first one of the little man holding the spuds. What a great pic! His little knuckles white with tension as he holds onto the magnificent treasures so not to drop them 🙂
    I am a bit partial to pea tendrils. They taste amazing in a salad. Funny I love snow peas, snow pea sprouts, pea tendrils but I’m not a fan off the old pea. Maybe it’s bad memories of mum cooking them to death and being forced to eat them when I was a child. I might have to give some fresh ones a try and see if my taste has changed over the years. Anyway I find pea tendrils very hard to source. Do you have any recommendation on where I may be able to get my hands on them in Melb? I’ve bought them in a mix salad but I can’t seem to find them fresh anywhere on their own? Also what type of Kale are you growing this year?

    • Kyrstie Barcak August 9, 2014, 2:42 pm

      Hi Chrissy, I have not seen pea tendrils in my travels but will keep an eye out for you and ask a few people I know. I love the potato pic too, some did go crashing to the ground after I snapped it 🙂 Kale this year has been Red Bor, Blue Curled and Cavolo Nero. The Cavolo Nero is my favorite I think. I have another 6 or so plants about to go into the ground in the coming weeks. I will keep you posted re the pea tendrils. K x

      • Anonymous August 15, 2014, 1:07 pm

        Thnks Kyrstie. Yeah Cavolo Nero is my fave as well. Im pretty sure that is also known as Tuscan? Anyway I much prefer over curly Kale. Not sure I am familiar with Red Bor so I will have a google. 🙂 x

  • Barbara Good August 18, 2014, 4:53 pm

    Wow, I remember now why I miss gardening in the less icy conditions around Melbourne. Your garden looks like it is growing wonderfully and productively. We made the move from Melbourne to Ballarat this time last year and I am a long way to getting used to gardening in this climate – winter gardening is not pleasant and protecting the plants from snow and insane frost is not something I’m terribly experienced with. I may reconsider gardening at this time of year, unless the first of the broccoli I picked this afternoon is enough to change my mind. Oh and I agree, you can’t grow too much garlic!

    • Kyrstie Barcak August 18, 2014, 9:50 pm

      Thanks Barbara, I feel very lucky not to have to deal with extreme weather conditions. I am sure that you will adapt as time passes and you get used to your new climate. I hope your broccoli was wonderful!

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