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.
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This is what is happening in my vegetable garden at the moment:
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
Planting this month:
I would like to plant my chicory seedlings but they are not strong enough just yet.
That is it!
The new garden area is already having it’s second round of planting. I have harvested:
- bok choy – and cooked Bok Choy with ginger and garlic
- fennel – and cooked skillet baked fennel
- spring onions
Jobs to do:
- Mounding the potatoes and leeks
- 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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