Garden Share Collective – October 2013
Welcome to this Spring Garden Share Collective update, October 2013.
Update on last months tasks:
You can read last month’s update here if you missed it.
The Dwarf Macadamia Tree finally arrived after a very long transit and many, many, many phone calls to the couriers. It seems to be ok (fingers crossed). It has been planted in a large pot at the end of one of the garden beds.
The raspberry that I ordered with the Macadamia arrived in good health and has planted next one that we already had. That one has also finally taken off and has produced numerous new canes. I had been beginning to wonder if we had some strange non-spreading variety! Fingers crossed we will have loads of fruit in a couple of months.
I was planning to commence working on the design for the new vegetable garden area I mentioned last month.
I was also to commence moving some of the plants to another area of the garden but neither of those things happened, maybe next month.
I also still have a small number of seedlings that are not large enough to plant in the ground just yet. They are still in the shed protected from the elements and bugs.
With the “babying” of the seedlings, new planting, plus school holidays we have been far too busy to work on the new section of the garden. I think Mr Fresh has some ideas on the structure so I will wait for his input and help before I get too immersed in doing anything with it. The boys and I visited my parents for a week of the school holidays – if you missed it you may like to take a look at my mum’s gorgeous garden here.
I have planted out the most seedlings into the garden beds plus some seeds such as corn and pumpkin. The full list of what I have put into the ground in the last couple of weeks is below.
- Borlotti Beans
We are being attacked by little Slaters at the moment so I have been placing plastic cups, or old seedling containers over all the little new plants. A few of the initial things I planted disappeared overnight… The plastic cups seem to have worked a treat so far (fingers crossed) nothing else has been lost. It also seems to have saved the first of my zucchini plants to go in. It does look a little sad though..
I get super excited about tomato plants. I love to grow my own and try new varieties. I happily eat them ever day when they are in season and love to preserve them, make sauce, passata, chutney and relish. You may think it is a little excessive for a backyard garden but I can tell you that they do not go to waste, not a single one!
This year my number of plants has crept higher than ever before. The varieties I have planted this year are:
- Beams Yellow Pear
- Black Russian
- Cherry Rosa
- Jaune Flamme
- Lemon Drop
- Mortgage Lifter
- Rouge de Marmande
- San Marzano
There are also a few plants that have self seeded from last year. I am not sure yet what they are. Last year my children removed all of my plant tags/labels so the varieties were unknown (except for those that were obvious such as the Tigerellas and Black Russians). This year the boys have been warned to NOT touch the tags. Do you have the same problem??
We have been harvesting lots of artichokes, peas and still more salad greens, broccoli and spinach. The kale is now at a stage where we can pick it regularly. I have also just planted more after (finally) discovering the joy of kale chips!
Much to the excitement of my 5 year old “Punky” we also picked a tub of carrots. Carrots are his favorite vegetable. He monitors their progress very closely. I have had no success with carrots in the raised beds but they do well in pots. My timing is a little out at the moment but my aim is to continuously raise seedlings to be harvested one pot after another.
To do in the garden this month:
- Continue to monitor the seedlings and plant them out in the garden.
- Weed areas between the garden beds
- Check the progress of the shallots – there seems to be a wide variation in the size that they are growing. I have massive ones with thick stalks and skinny little ones that have barely grown. This is my first season of growing them so I need to find out when to harvest them.
- Monitor (and destroy – organically of course) the Slaters
Bits and Pieces:
Take a look at the difference in these rhubarb plants. The first one is a plant I picked up at a large hardware store. The second image is of some crowns I collected from a local farmers market selling his rhubarb, and crowns, a few months ago. The entire plant from the hardware store could fit on one of the farmers leaves! An incredible difference. They both receive the same amount of sun, and the small one I have had for three months prior to the others so it has been fertilised one additional time.
The fruit trees and herbs are currently having a glorious growth spurt and I spy fruit developing on the blueberry and strawberry plants.
The leeks, garlic and onions are looking robust and lush. I have to keep reminding myself that there is still some time to wait until they will be ready to harvest.I am tempted to pull up a few onions as some of them are getting quite large.
I have not had to add any more dirt to mound around the stems of the leeks this month despite the fact that they have grown significantly. They seem to be filling out rather than up which I guess is the objective…
Now that the majority of my garden beds have been planted out with new season plants I am looking forward to watching them all grow and start to produce (if the Slaters don’t get to them…)
This post is part of the Garden Share Collective. Drop by some of the other lovely gardens to see what they are up to this month.
Do you like to plant a variety of the same vegetables or am I the only one a little obsessed with tomatoes?? It is safe to admit it here 😉
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