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Winter Gardening August 2013 – Garden Share Collective


Welcome to this months garden update as part of The Garden Share Collective, hosted by Strayed From The Table.

Update on my to-do list from last month

The new fruit trees have beautiful buds appearing and waiting to burst forward as the weather warms. It is comforting and exciting when all goes to plan with new trees.

apricot budding

I took most of the compost pile out of it’s bin and dug it into a patch I am preparing for new strawberry plants. This space was previously held by our chook pen. I am very much looking forward to a bumper strawberry crop.

Strawberry Prep

Banking up the leeks in a bid to blanch the stems.  I wrote about this late last week. You can read about my tips for growing leeks here.


Building up the straw around the potatoes – these potatoes re-sprouted from last year’s crop in the old tractor tyre Mr Fresh bought home one afternoon for this purpose. Very romantic 😉


Planting in my garden:

These are the things I have planted in my garden over the last few weeks.

  • One new blueberry plant
    • The label said the plant will crop 3-5kg. I am not sure how long it will take before it reaches that point but it was the thing that influenced me to grab it at the nursery. I am hoping that with this plant, and the one that we already have, we will be able to collect enough berries to eat and have some to freeze for baking.


  • An olive tree
    • I have been hankering to plant a few olive trees ever since returning from our trip to Italy.  I have settled on one in a very large pot for now.

kalamata olive

  • A single test potato
    • I planted one seed potatoes to see if they are ready to go in yet. It seems to be attaching roots so I will plant the others in the coming weeks.
  • 18 Strawberry plants
    • These have been given a temporary home until the frosts finish in a few weeks. I have taken over Mr Fresh’s workbench in the shed. It has taken me two years to discover it. It is the perfect place for raising seeds as the sun shines in the windows and creates a lovely warm place for them to sprout. I am not sure how long Mr Fresh’s patience will last with this arrangement but I am hoping at least for another month 🙂
  • Seeds of bok choy, three varieties of capsicum, three varieties of tomato, and a couple of varieties of eggplant, plus coriander have been planted alongside the strawberries in the shed.
    • To date the bok choy, coriander and one eggplant have sprouted. I am eagerly checking them each morning to see if there are any new ones popping up.


  • Some baby beets, Asian greens and a new mint plant have been added to an old wheel barrow that I previously had flowers in.


Growing beautifully:



Bed 1



  • Artichoke (a single one!)
  • Beetroots
  • Broccoli
  • Chilli
  • Coriander
  • Lemons (my own and some from my neighbor also)
  • Lettuce
  • Rocket

Bed 3 Rocket


Bed 3 Rocket

Activities in the coming month:

  • Plant the remaining potatoes
  • Plant the strawberries into the area prepared for them and work out a way to keep the birds off
  • Continue to maintain the soil/straw around the potatoes and the leeks
  • Fertilise the garden beds
  • Bulk up the herb patch with some new herbs

See you again at the start of Spring.

Be sure to visit some of the other members of the Garden Share Collective to see how their gardens are progressing. I have discovered some great new blogs via the Collective. The great thing about it is that there are blogs from each state in Australia and also other countries so you should be able to find someone’s garden growing similar things to you.

Spring approaches








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  • e / dig in hobart August 5, 2013, 8:35 am

    hello from a fellow garden share-r! though i feel very inactive compared to you kyrstie! everything you have is so much. you have reminded me to check my fruit trees when i get home to see where they are at. you have such an extenisve garden. good luck with your blueberry bush! a yield of 3-5 kilos would be wonderful indeed.

    • Kyrstie August 5, 2013, 10:26 am

      e I have had a big burst of activity of the past couple of weeks, but generally the garden has just been sitting doing its own thing over the past few months. I am looking forward to getting out more and more as the weather warms.

  • lizzie @ strayedtable August 5, 2013, 9:10 am

    I have also been looking into blueberries and still have not settled on a variety as I want to freeze them for use all year round. Your garden is flourishing, I do love leeks I will have to give them a try next year as it is getting to warm for me to plant them now. My nectarines are in full bloom at the moment too, they seem to think it is now spring. When is your strawberry season?

    • Kyrstie August 5, 2013, 10:25 am

      Hi Lizzie, they are to planted end Winter or early Spring here in Melbourne and are meant to be ready to harvest in around 12 weeks so we will see….

  • Lisa the Gourmet Wog August 5, 2013, 9:32 am

    can’t wait to see your strawberries! Love the idea of planting greens in a wheelbarrow, very rustic cool! Thanks for sharing from another garden sharer too 😉

    • Kyrstie August 5, 2013, 10:21 am

      Thanks Lisa, the wheelbarrow was a hard rubbish find.

  • Jacqui @ dusty country road August 5, 2013, 10:14 am

    Your garden looks so lush! I would love to grow blueberries but I’m scared they would go wild and take over. Do you have any problems like that? Reminds me that I have some strawberry to plant out too, have to keep them alive until the risk of frost has passed. Lovely to have a look at your garden.

    • Kyrstie August 5, 2013, 10:21 am

      Hi Jacqui, thanks for stopping by. I have both plants in pots so they are confined. I have a single raspberry stick also and it is not spreading, I wish it would! K

  • Gustoso August 5, 2013, 10:37 am

    You had a good bounty this month. I love your creative use of pots, including the wheel barrow and tyre.

  • Lizzy (Good Things) August 5, 2013, 7:07 pm

    I’m envious of your garden, Kyrstie! Having been unwell across May through to just recently, not much is happening in mine… though I did get some spuds and garlic in : )

    • Kyrstie August 5, 2013, 10:55 pm

      They are the most important things Liz, especially the garlic 🙂

  • Linda August 5, 2013, 7:57 pm

    Thank you for th look at your garden – love the recycled pot for the blueberry!

    • Kyrstie August 5, 2013, 10:55 pm

      Thanks Linda, it has been around for a long time now. I think it is an old milk bin

  • Louie August 6, 2013, 8:36 am

    Your garden looks great, 18 strawberry plants is exciting hopefully they and the blueberries give you a good harvest. We have been thinking about planting olive trees as well, it’s hard to come back from Italy and not one 🙂 look forward to your spring update.

    • Kyrstie August 11, 2013, 7:37 pm

      Thanks Louie, ditto. I love reading about everyone’s gardens. Thanks for stopping by. K

  • Melissa Loh August 7, 2013, 10:31 am

    I am absolutely jealous of your chilli crop. It’s so bountiful! And good luck with your blueberry plant!

    • Kyrstie August 11, 2013, 7:36 pm

      Thanks Melissa, it has been improving each year. I am not even sure what variety it is. Sweet Chilli Sauce and some tasty preserves are coming up soon 🙂

  • Merryn@merrynsmenu August 8, 2013, 3:46 pm

    What a healthy olive tree! You sure have been busy, great chillies, beets and your leeks are purely amazing. I love how the Garden Share Collective lets us browse fellow gardeners back yards and ‘share the joy’. Well done, you have great crops with so much more to come.

    • Kyrstie August 11, 2013, 7:34 pm

      thanks Merryn for dropping by. It is lovely to share 🙂

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