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Garden Share Collective June 2014

Garden Share Collective June 2014

Hello Winter! As Autumn makes way for Winter my garden slows down, in terms of the amount of produce harvested.  I also spend less time in the garden as there is less to do with the slower growth. The new garden area is allowing me to take advantage of the extra space and give the raised vegetable garden beds a rest by planting them with much less than usual.   I am also taking the opportunity to plant a few new things that we do not usually grow.

This post is part of a monthly update that bloggers with a keen interest (and some stunning productive gardens) around the world share their progress and activities in the garden. The Garden Share Collective is hosted by Strayed from the Table .

This is what is happening in my vegetable garden at the moment:

Raised Garden Bed 1Garden bed 1.

The garden bed pictured above is planted with beetroot, potatoes, peas, rocket and spinach. There are also two lovely capsicum plants still producing beautiful little fruit.

Between bed 1 and 2

Between beds 1 and 2

This area between the next garden bed has some rhubarb planted at the back. There are two varieties of basil still carrying on. The rest of the area is planted with garlic and a single eggplant that still has fruit developing.

Garden bed 2

Garden bed 2

This garden bed has some capsicum plants still going, newly planted onions, and some turnips. The rest of the space I am leaving to rest as this bed was heavily populated across the warmer months.

Grow Potatoes

Between garden beds 2 and 3

This area is planted with potatoes, a few leeks and a single capsicum left from Summer. The bed next to it also has potatoes, rocket, chives, and cabbage. The remainder of the space in the areas will rest.

Potato Tyre

End of garden beds

The area at the end of the raised beds has more potatoes planted in the tyre and is filled with garlic in the area behind the tyre. Again one eggplant is still hanging in there.

You may think that we have  gone a little overboard with the potatoes this year (and you are probably correct!)

I have staggered the planting so am hoping that our harvest will be well spread.  I planted two varieties of seed potatoes after reading an article a little while ago that outlined the number of times that potatoes are sprayed prior to reaching a store to be sold. It scared me to the point of not buying any now except the spray free variety.   Over the last month the ones I have planted have grown significantly. I have added so much straw to them that I need them to stop now as it is starting to become a very expensive exercise! The ones I planted last year didn’t need nearly as much.


New vegetable garden area

In the “new” vegetable garden area (that will require a new name by next month) we have harvested half of the fennel and beetroot and all of the bok choy from the first planting. I have replanted another lot of beetroot plus some cabbage that I grew from seed.

The carrots you can see in the image above have been recently planted and the broccoli is coming along well, although it requires almost daily caterpillar removal. I purchased some Dipel this last month but am yet to use it. I believe that it  is safe to use but I hate the thought of spraying anything….so the kids and I collect and squish caterpillars for now.

New garden area b and d

New garden area

This section of the new garden area, shown in the image above, is planted with garlic, peas, spring onions and parsley. In the area in front of it you will find lettuce, onion and carrots. In the little raised bed the blueberry plants have lots of lovely new shoots developing so I am assuming that they are happy and enjoying their regular feed of coffee grinds and tea leaves.



This segment (above) of the new garden area is planted with carrots, and three varieties of kale, lettuce and rocket. The Cavolo Nero is the only variety of the kale that is being eaten by the caterpillars. The rest are growing beautifully and we will be snacking on haloumi and chilli kale chips on the weekends again very soon. I am not sure why the bugs are so attracted to the one variety…if you know I’d love to hear.

new pot for avocado

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago and my in-laws gifted me some money to purchase a new pot for this garden area. I selected the white one in the picture above. It is now home to the second little Avocado tree that I have nurtured from the seed of some fruit my dad gave me from home a while ago. You can see the other little Avocado tree in the image of garden bed 2. It is also in a white pot at the front of that raised bed.

Marigolds are planted around this new garden bed to attract bees.  I have noticed that in the border planted above that they all have the same color flowers. They were grown from seed that specified them as mixed colors.  The others I have planted in an old grape picking tins are multi-colored. Do you know if there is a reason that makes them the same color as others in the vicinity or is it just coincidence?

Pots of color

Planting this month:

I would like to plant my chicory seedlings but they are not strong enough just yet.

  • Carrot
  • Beetroot

That is it!

Harvesting now:

The new garden area is already having it’s second round of planting. I have harvested:


Jobs to do:

  • Mounding the potatoes and leeks
  • Weeding
  • Caterpillar removal and squishing
  • Turn compost
  • The fruit trees have been pruned by Mr Fresh so that job is complete.

What vegetables are you growing over Winter this year? Do you have a favorite thing that you plant each year?





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  • The Life of Clare June 2, 2014, 11:26 am

    You have so much happening in your garden! I can’t wait to see how your avocado trees grow!

    • Kyrstie Barcak June 4, 2014, 8:29 pm

      Me too Clare, given that the seed took a year to get to the point it is now it will be a way way way off time 🙂

  • Rachel June 2, 2014, 1:56 pm

    Lovely shots of your garden. Thanks for the link to the baked fennel, I am always on the lookout for new recipes. Ours are still young but we have been adding the fronds to casseroles.

    • Kyrstie Barcak June 4, 2014, 8:28 pm

      That sounds lovely Rachel. I have not been taking advantage of the fronds as much as I should have been. That is a great tip.

  • merryn@merrynsmenu June 2, 2014, 1:59 pm

    How diverse Kyrstie you have so many vegetables growing. Your peas are so pretty and inviting. Such a gorgeous birthday pot, may your avocado tree (and it’s companion) prosper!

  • lizzie @ strayedtable June 3, 2014, 9:56 am

    Your garden is productive as ever and it seems no space is left empty even if you say so. Also with the Dipel it is just squashed caterpillars in powder form and totally safe and organic. Certified organic farms can actually use it as it does not kill other wonderful insects and most of all does not harm the bee population. If you have an infestation of caterpillars and cabbage white moth give it a spray twice in a week then each week until the problem is all fixed.

    • Kyrstie Barcak June 4, 2014, 8:27 pm

      It is some sort of block in my head Lizzie! I will grit my teeth and give them as spray as I am not programmed to kill things. I “eek” every time I have to grab a caterpillar 🙂

  • Helen June 3, 2014, 10:27 am

    This is a wicked update Kyrstie!
    A few things:
    1. I’m growing potatoes too, yay! First time though. Liz left me the tip about mounding them so I will do that soon. You mentioned some article you read about it being sprayed several times commercially, any luck you remember the link to it? I’d love to know more about this.
    2. I thought that bird was real! Turns out it’s not…. right? 😉
    3. Your greens are growing super well, amazing!!

    • Kyrstie Barcak June 4, 2014, 8:26 pm

      Thanks Helen. I tried to find the article but couldn’t. I will ping you if I do so that you can read it. K x

  • e / dig in hobart June 4, 2014, 8:51 am

    oh wow. i feel like i should not be part of this collective anymore – your winter vegie garden puts me to shame! the abundance is staggering. it must be such a joy to still be able to harvest food from your own garden.
    i especially love the second last pic, of the vibrant marigolds in with the dark stems of the beetroot. beautiful.

    • Kyrstie Barcak June 4, 2014, 8:25 pm

      Don’t say that E that is the last thing I want you to do. Your garden is beautiful, and most importantly you have one. My aim is to encourage people to grow their own fresh food (which you do!) not to make them feel like they should stop 🙁
      Your garden perfect for you, your home and life at the moment. Enjoy it, love it be proud of it. Mine would not look like it does at the moment if circumstances where different in my family right now. Flash forward a couple of years to both my kids being at school and I suggest my garden will be very different to now. We do what we can when and how we are able. I spent many months preparing the new garden area, it is coming along beautifully but it has been months in the making. K x

  • Melissa Loh June 4, 2014, 8:40 pm

    Wow, I’m so incredibly jealous of the bounty you have in your garden! Those marigolds look stunning – have they worked in attracting more bees?

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