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Garden Share Collective July 2014

My edition of this month’s Garden Share Collective, hosted by Strayed from the Table, includes a little video preview of my Winter garden. The weather has been COLD and blustery over the last couple of weeks and has caused a small amount of damage to the potato plants due to their height.  Many of them suffered broken stems that I have now pruned. I am not sure what impact this will have on the harvest, I would assume none, given that the root system is safely snuggled under, and protected by a ridiculous amount of sugar cane mulch.

The other plants in the garden are waiting eagerly to be attended to… My boys are on school holidays at the moment and we have been out and about, but not in the garden.  If you follow along on Facebook you may have seen that the raised bed that housed my herb patch had to be dismantled due to a drainage issue (you get a glimpse of it in the video). The removal of this garden bed has meant that the space that I had in the raised beds has now been taken.  I had to transplant the herbs into the raised beds and other areas of the garden. The backyard is a big muddy mess at the moment! In an attempt to make me feel better about losing a garden bed Mr Fresh has pin pointed the location as the potential future home of a pizza oven.

I hope that my filming doesn’t make you dizzy! I needed some practice for an event coming up in a couple of months…. I hope that you enjoy it.

Planting this month:

I am not planning on planting anything new this month. Although……I am hankering after a dwarf (self pollinating) Almond tree. I would love to add a nut tree to our little fruit tree collection. I would need to add it to a pot as there is no space for another tree in the yard so maybe, maybe not….

Harvesting now:

Winter garden harvest

  • Capsicum
  • Carrots
  • Chilli
  • Kale
  • Lemons
  • Lettuce
  • Parsley (LOTS and LOTS of it! You can see what I have been cooking with that here.)
  • Peas
  • Rocket
  • Sage
  • Spring onion
  • Thyme

We are collecting the lemons as needed off the tree. In the coming weeks I will collect them to be juiced, frozen and preserved. I have been adding new recipes such as this one for Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken to our dinner table and  I have a fab one for a raw slice coming up very soon. We have also been enjoying some older recipes such as this one for Lemon Pistachio Dumplings

To do this month:

  • I intend to fertilise the raised beds this month
  • Continue to hunt and kill any caterpillars on the Brassicaceae.  There are not many now, just the occasional one.
  • I will complete reviewing my seeds for Spring planting and order those that I have a short fall of
  • Planning for Spring/Summer

How is your garden progressing?  Are you planning for Spring yet?

Kyrstie

 

 

 

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  • Julie Bonner July 7, 2014, 6:31 am

    Hey Kyrstie … your garden looks amazing! And your video is fab. How healthy do your plants look. Ah, such a tidy garden too. :)

  • Daphne July 7, 2014, 8:02 am

    Loved your video. And your garden looks fabulous. I would love a nut tree in my yard too, but that isn’t going to happen. We have way too small of a space.

  • Gillian July 7, 2014, 3:20 pm

    Love your video, especially when one of your children knocks over the support then goes to put it back! I guess your plants have to be hardy!

  • e / dig in hobart July 7, 2014, 3:31 pm

    oh, you have raised the bar with the video! i really did feel like i was takign a walk around with you. i liked that it was a little wonky (that is meant in the best possible way), otherwise i’d be thinking you hired a video crew.
    i laughed when your little one walked over the fallen cage. i had to turn sound off (i’m at work) but i imagined you saying “watch where you’re going – watch the plants!”.
    ps i have three words to say to you about the lemons: lemon delicious pudding. yummmmmmmmm.

  • Kim July 8, 2014, 5:46 am

    Oh wow, love your garden and that video was so sweet. I can’t believe how much growth is happening there for someone who lives so far south! Is your garden quite sheltered? Love all your vintage containers filled with veggies too. I’m a little bit obsessed with vintage containers in gardens;) Lovely to find your blog and see your garden via Lizzie’s Garden Share Collection. xx

  • lizzie @ strayedtable July 8, 2014, 7:28 am

    Love the video, it really puts the garden in to perspective more than photos. Looks like you do have a decent size back yard. It would be good to see everyone’s garden like this so we can understand the scale better. Everything is looking green in your garden, great effort for winter.

  • Merryn Galluccio July 8, 2014, 9:56 am

    Snow peas, rhubarb and nasturtiums growing healthily during ‘winter’. Such a green backyard Kyrstie, filming a video is a clever idea. Good luck with your self pollinating almond, I bought one but it d__d so you probably would do very well with one in Victoria, where many great nut trees are grown.

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