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Winter Vegetable Garden Update

Garden Share Collective July 2015


This year our Winter vegetable garden seems bare. If it were not for the fennel it would look very empty and sad. The Winter vegetables are still all small and unproductive at this stage.

Winter Vegetable Garden

Winter tomatoes

The main reason the garden is probably not so productive at this point this year is that I have had little time to spend in it. You can see from the picture above that I have still the odd tomato in the garden. That is more because I am yet to pull out the final plant rather than clever management!  I think the basil is dead and waiting on removal also….

Dead basil

In contrast to the basil the rosemary is stunning at the moment. The bees are enjoying the flowers and we are enjoying the robust flavour in many Winter meals.

Rosemary and beeOur little orange tree is fruiting for the first time and we will soon have our first TWO oranges to harvest. The kids are looking forward to taste testing them.



This month there will be very few things going into the garden. I hope to have the seedlings I have planted ready to go on if they are ready. I have fennel, beetroot and mustard greens to go in.



This month we are harvesting from the garden:



  • Capsicum
  • Chilli
  • Fennel
  • Lemons
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Rocket
  • Rhubarb
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Spring Onion

Jobs to do this month:

I have just added compost, blood and bone and a thin layer of mulch to the garden in the past week so the only things that need to be done is to dig in the green manure. I think it is approaching readiness. I have some in each of the raised beds in the back yard.

Green ManureThe nasturtiums have had free rein in the garden for the last couple of months so I will bring them back into line at some point this month before they start to strangle the garlic and the rhubarb that is hidden by them in the corner of this garden area shown below.

garden beds in Winter

This post is one of a regular monthly series hosted by Strayed From the Table and open to anyone who would like to share their garden progress each month.We share what we are planting, harvesting and doing in the garden for the month. Add your post below.

How is your Winter garden coming along?



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  • Anonymous July 6, 2015, 7:56 am

    Oh your citrus is beautiful – I have just moved my lime and lemon trees out into the sun and they are loving it – putting out lots of new leaves, and I hope eventually fruit! the fennel is so pretty – I have tried to grow it here in the tropics with no success.

  • e / dig in hobart July 6, 2015, 8:55 am

    oh darling, that is NOT a bare garden! not compared to mine 🙂 i’m envious reading what you are harvesting – it is very sleepy here in my Hobart garden, winter has set in and there is not much doing …

  • Amanda (@lambsearshoney) July 6, 2015, 11:16 am

    That doesn’t look too sad at all to me. I have a lemon tree which is groaning at the moment – I’d love some of your fennel to go with it!

  • Julie July 6, 2015, 1:49 pm

    Gosh I can’t believe you still have toms in your garden! I laughed when I read about your nasturtium. It is having a great time at present choking my fennel. What are you using as green manure? Oh that rosemary looks so beautiful – great food for those furry guys. 🙂

  • Jill July 6, 2015, 7:03 pm

    The first oranges are going to be delicious! The first of everything in the garden is isn’t it! I’m waiting for my fennel to fill out as well.

  • Lizzie {Strayed Table} July 6, 2015, 8:38 pm

    Even though it may be a quite in your garden it still seems to be plentiful. I have to say homegrown oranges are just so darn tasty, they are sweeter than any store bought ones, so your kids will love them.

  • Kate July 6, 2015, 9:38 pm

    Your photos are beautiful, as always. As for your oranges, I find that citrus trees sulk for the first couple of years before they take off. Last year we got two blood oranges, this year there are eight, and hopefully next year we’ll get something resembling a real crop.

  • Bek July 7, 2015, 1:36 pm

    Nice looking fennel, and I hope one day my orange tree is as productive as yours!

  • julie July 8, 2015, 6:00 am

    I have fennel in my garden which is growing like mad. And nasturtium which is climbing all over it. That stuff takes over doesn’t it? What a you using as a green manure? Tomatoes still growing? Not fair !

  • Jan July 8, 2015, 11:44 am

    There is nothing like homegrown oranges. I’m lucky to have a neighbour who is generous enough to share his with me.

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