The question that I get asked most often is “What are you growing in your garden?”
I often talk about my garden. It is just not always here on the blog that I do so… I realised yesterday that I have not provided much insight into the status of my garden at the start of Autumn so here it is:
My garden layout for Autumn 2013
I am still harvesting tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, capsicum and basil. Some of these plants are shown above and some that are on their ‘last legs’ are not… All Summer producing plants will be replaced by the end of the month with Autumn plantings.
In addition to the garden beds shown below I also use a number of large pots planted close to the house. They currently contain beetroot, lettuce and carrots.
The space between each raised garden bed is also utilised (as shown above). These in-between strips currently contain:
- 4 tomato plants still producing, basil and a zucchini plant.
They will be replaced by rows of leeks and onions.
- A new pumpkin plant that seems to be flourishing although I am yet to see fruit on it. I am leaving it there to see what happens even though I think it is too early for pumpkins to start now.
- basil and tomato plants.
These will be replaced by beetroot, more onions, shallots and probably some more garlic.
You can see almost daily pictures of what is happening on Instagram if you follow me. You will see what is going on on a more regular basis than what I post here or on Facebook. If you are not an Instagram fan yet, it is simply a photo sharing application that allows people to view the pictures that you post. You can load it as an application to your phone, or view on a computer.
Vegetable Garden Planning:
Each season I create an overall plan of planting and as time progresses I tend to fill the gaps as they become available. In general, I find a plan to be helpful for the following reasons:
- It assists me to recall what I planted at the same time last year and how much (quantity)
- I can recall how well the plant/s produced
- (eg: was there enough or too much?) This year I am planting three to four times the amount of garlic
- Allows for a very basic check of companion planting principles
- Monitoring the soil condition
- Planning for additional planting later in the season or in the following months – eg: I will need room available to plant more pumpkin later in the year while the onions, leeks and garlic are still in the ground.
*For planting information – I am located outside of Melbourne Australia.
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