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A Summer Garden Review

Summer is over – it is time to prepare for Autumn


My three vegetable patches and my herb patch are still producing well from summer. I was expecting to have removed summer plants by now and have planted for Autumn. I haven’t done this as I am still getting a steady stream of produce.

The picture below shows my haul from the garden one day last week, and I am picking bits and pieces most days. I am leaving my garden as it is for now but am starting to plant seeds so that they are ready to plant when they are raised seedlings and I remove the summer plants.

Fresh summer vegetables

I have just read about a study being run by Permaculture Melbourne. The study is recording the amount (in weight) of produce that individuals are obtaining from their backyard gardens. I have joined the study and am looking forward to seeing how much my garden actually produces in a year. I will be weighing what I pick and recording it. At the end of the period I will send my results to John McKenzie who is running the study.  I am excited about being able to put a figure to our lifestyle, I will be very interested to find out the results.

I spoke to John yesterday and he told me that the intention of the study is to… “celebrate the rich productivity of where we live”. He is hoping to raise the profile of the “whole industry in people’s backyards”.  An outcome of John’s study will be a benchmark that shows how much is harvested across the different suburbs of Melbourne.  John hopes that the flow on effect of this will be a rich source of local information that communities can use and draw upon and share their knowledge and gardening skills with each other.  The April edition of ABC Gardening Australia Magazine April issue  has a great story about the study with some fabulous examples of the volume of produce some participants are growing , along with some tips on how they do so. I have 3 copies of the current issue, that includes the story, to give away.

The image below shows what is planted in my garden at the moment. (To see the image clearly you can click on it) Patch 3 is sparse as I have removed some plants and am planning on resting it for a couple of months.  I record the progress in my garden via a Garden Record Journal I created. It helps me keep track of what I have planted and how well the plants produce. You can read more about it here . If you would like a copy, I am happy to forward a copy for your use. If you have a copy already, I would love to hear how you are finding it.

End Summer Patch 2012

With my summer garden still producing I am leaving it as it is and starting too raise some seeds in preparation for the change over of plants. I have planted some new season produce in pots – garlic and red onions. 

Garlic is easy to grow ask your local nursery to order you some Australian organic garlic to plant.  You will receive a whole garlic bulb. Gently remove the cloves and plant them about 4 cm deep with the tip pointing upwards -place in a sunny location, water and watch them grow – so easy!

Punky and Cuddles helping plant seeds

We have collected the seeds from some of the tomato plants in the garden this weekend and washed them for storing and planting next year.

In the garden I will be progressively removing plants as they stop producing and replacing them with :

  • The seedlings from the trays – lettuce, spinach, rocket, red onion, leeks, carrots, and peas.
  • More Garlic-in addition to what we planted in pots
  • Fennel

How is your garden progressing at the moment? Have you removed your summer plants?

I would love to hear what you are planting. For a chance to win a copy of the April issue of ABC Gardening Australia Magazine  leave a comment below answering: What are you planting in your garden this season (that I have not listed above) ?

The first three comments answering the question above will be selected and sent a copy of the Magazine. Entry is open to Australian residents and closes Thursday 29th 5pm, or when the three comments are received if it is prior to that.

If you are interested in participating in The Big Weigh In you can contact John on 0421 699 306 to register.

In the interests of disclosure – I was given a free copy of ABC Gardening Australia.  I chose to participate in the project prior to receiving a copy of the magazine.















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  • Africanaussie March 27, 2012, 10:04 am

    Even though I am way up at the top end of Australia and you are down the bottom I am also getting ready for a changeover to “winter” vegetables. This is the season where we can grown the veggies you grow in the summer down there. Our wet season seems extended this year (as it was last year) and I am getting ready to harvest the jicama and ginger to make room for tomatoes. I just had fun peeling loofas with my grandson and that bed against the fence will now house green beans, cucumbers and snow peas as it gets cooler. The middle bed will have a selection of greens – asian veggies grow best here and open hearted lettuces. At the moment I am still harvesting winged beans, long beans and eggplant. Sweet potatoes and asparagus are perennials in the garden.

    • Kyrstie March 27, 2012, 2:14 pm

      Your garden sounds very productive. A copy of this month issue of ABC Gardening Australia will be on it’s way to you soon. thanks for visiting.

  • Neysa March 27, 2012, 2:47 pm

    I’m planting… compost!

    I’ve just moved in to a new house, which has quite a few lovely positioned garden beds, but the soil quality is atrocious. Much better than no garden in the apartment I used to live in though. I’m going to be spending the next few months just working on the soil quality, adding in some dark matter, maybe plant some legumes as a cover-crop. Boring in the short-term, but hopefully will be worth it come planting in late winter.

    With the late produce this year, it’s so true! My boyfriend has a small vege patch in his front yard, and it is still producing lots of tomatoes and carrots. The eggplant only just started taking off though, despite having been in the ground since spring. Maybe the weird weather we had in Geelong over summer?

    • Kyrstie March 27, 2012, 3:56 pm

      Hi Neysa, thanks for stopping by. I think you are doing the right thing by building up the quality of your soil. Good luck! Congratulations, a copy of this months edition of ABC Gardening will be making its way to you soon too.K

  • mumma_ox March 27, 2012, 2:47 pm

    I have just put in some cabbages and brussel sprouts. I haven’t grown sprouts before, so I have my fingers crossed for a nice harvest.

    I also planted my first choko…not everyone is excited by this addition to the garden 🙂

    • Kyrstie March 27, 2012, 3:57 pm

      Hi there, I have never grown choko. Keep me posted on how you go 🙂 Congratulations you are the lucky number 3rd person to have a copy of ABC Gardening on its way to you soon. Thanks for stopping by. Kyrstie

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