Garden Share Collective September 2016
Spring! Thank goodness sunshine is begin to filter into life again. I really dislike the cold weather so am always very excited to see the end of it. This post is one of a regular monthly series – an update on my garden and what has been happening this month. It is part of the Garden Share Collective. We are a group of passionate home veggie gardeners who enjoy sharing our garden progress, questions, wins and disappointments. We each write a themed post on the last Monday of the month. We would LOVE to expand the group so if this sounds like you, don’t be shy, come and join us. Simply add your post using the link at the bottom of my post, or at Rosehips and Rhubarb.
This month’s theme is “philosophy”. Unfortunately I can’t blame anyone else for creating a theme that needs some thought as I came up with it….
My garden philosophy
So what is my gardening philosophy? It’s simple really. My philosophy is that people benefit from growing and eating fresh food. The benefits are immense, impacting your health and wellbeing, lifestyle, family time, and knowledge.
If you are not growing anything I passionately believe that if you begin by growing just one thing you can experience the benefits of fresh food and it can lead you on a wonderful journey, it has for our family. I wrote a whole book about it (just in-case you missed it!) Plants grow all on their own, will very little help from people. It is not difficult, it just requires you to begin and to be prepared to try something new.
If you are already growing – grow more, increase your growing space by the use of pots and structures. Try new things, new ways or growing, growing different vegetables, growing from seed, new organic methods to keep pests at bay, composting, a worm farm – whatever it is, keep learning and keep growing. That is my philosophy.
How do I do this?
I have written about each of these things previously, some of them in many different articles. You can begin to read more detail on each by clicking on the links below:
- Use containers to add additional growing space
- Grow vertically
- Grow tomatoes on string
- Grow from seed
- Protect plants from pests
- Create a worm farm
The weather doesn’t feel as if it has warmed significantly yet, but maybe it has as the plants have certainly had a huge growth spurt in the last few weeks. The bulbs are beginning to flower and the herbs also are all coming into flower. The garden will soon put on a magnificent display of colour.
If someone were to visit our house at the moment and stand in the top corner of the yard the image below is what they are likely to see – I would probably be in it though instead of behind the camera….
My main garden activity at the moment is bring my seed raising trays in and out of the shed to be watered. The shed bench is completely filled with seedling trays. Read on and I’ll tell you what I have planted below.
The winter plants are coming to an end. I will replace them with summer things when the seedlings are large enough. I have been under-planting lettuce, rocket and smaller plants in the meantime. I have also replanted all of the pots that provide an edge for the top garden. This image below shows the exclusion netting I set up for winter. It has worked a treat. The cabbage still has a while to go and the kale I use often so it will stay. The net will come off and and I’ll add some new season plants.
These are the seeds I am planting and raising now:
Spring has really started to impact on how much I am taking from the garden. It is wonderful to see the harvests increase. We have been harvesting:
- Herbs: Coriander, mint, vietnamese mint, sage, parsley, lemongrass
Things to do this month:
My main thing in the garden this month is to continue to “baby” my seed trays so that I will have lots of little seedlings ready to go into the garden by the end of next month, or shortly after.
- I will do a general garden tidy up also including the following:
- Weed between the garlic plants
- Cut back two of the large parsley plants and remove one
- Add lime to the area I am going to grow tomatoes
- Get some mulch ready to lay
- Turn the compost
- Remove winter plants that are no longer producing
- Cut back the rocket
What is happening in your garden at the moment? I’d love to hear and if you’d like to join the Garden Share Collective please do by adding your link below.
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