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Garden Share Collective March 2014

new vegetable garden area

My new garden area is starting to look gorgeous, especially when I compare it to last month‘s images. The plants are growing fast.  This is possibly due to the 14 bags of manure added to the soil and some lovely mild weather with a little rain.

All of the plants in the new area have been startedfrom seed, except the blueberries, and the Macadamia and Bay trees. When Mr Fresh finishes a few little items it will be complete. My garden beds are usually chock-a-block full of plants bumping into each other, with gaps filled as they open up, resulting in jumbled overloaded beds!  This area is more structured (at the moment!) and planted in neat rows. I measured the areas out prior to planting ! If you know me you will understand that this is unusual behavior. I have always wanted to have a pretty pottager garden, this is as close as I will get… Let’s see how it progresses over the coming months 🙂 

Read on for my March Garden Share Collective post, a monthly update of what is happening in my garden and the gardens of other like-minded bloggers from around Australia and overseas. The Collective is hosted by Strayed From the Table.

Late corn plants

The corn above was planted in my potato growing tyre late in Summer to see if I could manage to get a small crop of corn. My Summer crop tasted dreadful and was pretty much inedible. It is looking the part so fingers crossed we will get a crop of corn soon. There is also a sweet potato planted among the corn.  I am unsure what the growing duration of those is or when to harvest so will look into that this month. It is the first time I have tried growing them.

The following two images below show my Summer crops ending and the garden beds starting to looked a little less than lush! Despite feeling sad about the end of the Summer vegetables I do also feel excited and happy to have my garden beds emptied and ready to start new fresh things.Clearing garden beds

End of season

End of season

The Feijoa tree was here when we moved to this house. In our time here we have experienced:

  • One crop I wasted
  • One amazing crop I used to make Feijoa Jam 
  • One decimated by birds knocking off ALL of the fruit.

I have netted the tree this year in a bid to keep the birds off and the fruit is starting to swell. Fingers crossed we get a huge crop this year.  

Feijoa Fruit

Harvesting:

Autumn Harvest

You could deduce from the pictures of the garden beds above, that our Summer produce harvests are slowing. I collected these gorgeous fresh goodies yesterday. There are still half a dozen tomato plants full of ripening fruit. I estimate that I have until the end of this month before they run out.  I will be sad when there are no tomatoes to collect.  I am adore my current lunch (and sometimes breakfast) of fresh tomatoes, basil, and sometimes feta on sour dough toast.  The zucchini are likely to produce just a half dozen more fruit, there are plenty of capsicums still ripening, plus some eggplant I am watching develop. 

The picture below shows our pumpkin harvest for this year (minus a couple of little ones still in the garden). We collected more pumpkins this year than last year (due to two extra plants) but they were much smaller in size. I will discard the seeds now and use this years seeds for next years planting. The pumpkins that grew the largest this year were those that self seeded in the garden from compost. Time will tell which taste best. They are all still drying at the moment.

Pumpkin Harvest

Planting:

I have just planted a few bulbs of garlic in the new garden bed area this weekend. I will follow with the remaining ones in about 3 weeks time when there is space available in the lower vegetable garden beds. I am planting two different types of garlic this year – Red Rocambole and Italian White.  This year I have 21 bulbs to plant which will (I hope) result in approximately 220 bulbs. I am yet to make it from one year to another still eating our own crop. I usually run out at this time of year and then have half the year to work out where to find local garlic.   

I am not sure that I will be planting anything else this month, maybe some more onions and carrots but that will be it.  Late last week I planted some potatoes. It is a little late to be doing this but I got excited when I saw them in a newsletter from the company that I purchase most of my seeds from.  I failed to recall, or note that they are really only suitable for planting in warmer climates now.  If we stay frost-free I should get a crop  – fingers crossed.  I got excited because my brain recalled an item I read in a book recently that talked about the number of times that potatoes are sprayed with chemicals from the time they are planted through to after they are harvested. I haven’t purchased any since then, with the exception of some spray free ones I get at a local farm gate when they are good.

garlic planting

Jobs this month:

My main jobs this month will be supervising (nagging) Mr Fresh to finish my new garden area. There is some little paving to go in and a planter box along one of the walls. That will then allow me to finish off the area and to make it look neater.

I will be monitoring the raised beds in the main part of the garden and clearing them out as plants finish producing. I am planning on replenishing the beds with compost and determining if any of them need to be rested. They have been going non-stop for the last three years with no break. I think that with the addition of the new garden area that now is a good time to let them rest and re-energise.  

How is your garden growing this month? Do you plant winter manure crops to replenish your soil? 

Kyrstie

 

 

 

 

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  • Helen April 7, 2014, 8:51 am

    Oh my, so impressed by your pumpkin harvest. That’s my dream when I move out into some proper land of my own!
    My garden isn’t looking too crash hot either, but at least you’ve got some remnant summer crops finishing up to enjoy!

  • Ock Du Spock April 7, 2014, 11:47 am

    What a great pumpkin harvest! Lovely garden you have!

  • Barbara Good April 7, 2014, 3:02 pm

    Loving the new garden area, very pretty and so organised!! Those tomatoes are still chock full of fruit – as are mine. I’m with you on giving them til the end of the month, then it’s time to move on!

  • Krista April 7, 2014, 3:48 pm

    I love seeing your mature garden as I work hard to get mine established. 🙂 The pumpkins are amazing!! And I love the sounds of your daily lunch. Mmm. 🙂

  • brenda April 7, 2014, 6:40 pm

    Wow! what amazing goings on in your garden. I got a bit excited when I read you planted potatoes, we thought we’d totally missed the boat, but perhaps it was better we didn’t as we get terrible frosts! I’m joining in my first garden collection and loving blog hopping around and seeing what others are up to! xx

  • Linda April 7, 2014, 10:03 pm

    I do plant green manure – but a little less planned this year. And I will give the soil a little bit of time to throw up all the weed seeds it can, so I can dig them back in first. They come from weeds that got away, sheep manure and tomatoes from the compost. Your garden is looking good!

  • Penny Leishman April 8, 2014, 6:58 am

    Love looking at what is happening in your garden. I too am very sad my tomatoes are nearly finished. Have a few days off now, will also be planting potatoes and garlic!

  • Julie April 8, 2014, 7:18 am

    Fantastic! Love love your photos! Splendid idea with the corn. I have tomato envy! I too like resting my gardens, but I keep adding organic material .. Trying to grow my soil! Love it! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • lizzie @ strayedtable April 8, 2014, 1:03 pm

    Your new garden area is looking pretty snazzy, I have loved seeing it progress this past month. I love new space. The Paupa New Guineans grow corn and sweet potatoes together, they train them up the corn stalks so they can find where the base of the sweet potatoes are. Usually sweet spuds like hot dry climate, they will put out a flower like potatoes do when they are close to being ready to harvest, however don’t die off. They keep expanding and taking over the garden. Our’s are slowly growing after being transplanted to a new spot but they can take over like pumpkins. The thing with sweet spud is that the runners will put new shoots down into the earth and also grow sweet spuds there too. So keep an eye out for that unless you want plenty of them. As always your garden is looking fantastic even if it is in a transition.

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