Autumn End in the Vegetable Garden
June 1, 2015
Winter, hrrrumph! I can’t say that it is my favorite time of the year. I prefer the warmth. The bonus of Winter in the garden is that there is much less to do. It is a time to rest. The growth is less and the main focus is directed to keeping pests away from the plants until Spring approaches and the activity picks up again. Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves though since today is only the first day of Winter.
The raised garden beds are currently filled predominately with either garlic or green manure, or both. This year I intended to plant less garlic. I had 100 bulbs last year and although I use it almost daily in cooking I still have some left even after giving away a few strings to my mum.
I intended to plant about 50 bulbs this year and let the garden have a rest over Winter. When I finally got around to planting them a few weeks ago I stopped counting at around 100 so there goes that resolution….There is garlic in the beds, in between the beds, in the top garden and in the tractor tyre. It won’t go to waste and of course it tastes much better than store purchased garlic. The greatest reason I grow my own is because then I know it has not been sprayed.
The rhubarb is growing strongly, as are the beautiful fennel bulbs. The spring onions are a little out of control so I have been giving them away to anyone who would like to use some. The tiny little onion plants are now visible in the garden with their little stems thickening and standing tall.
The broccoli seedlings are coming along with minimal bug damage (touch wood). I do need to incorporate more regular checks for eggs on the leaves. Last month I said I was going to get my netting out to cover and protect them but as you can see I get a big red cross for that as I have not done so.
The kale seedlings are growing strongly. I reduced the number of plants this year and have put them into the quick turn over bed with the lettuce. The ones I left in last year over Summer got too scrappy looking and seemed more prone to bug attacks so I pulled all except one of them out. Random potatoes are popping up in the lettuce bed also and I still deciding if I will leave them in or not. I don’t fancy keeping them built up so they are likely to come out. I will think about potatoes in Spring.
Also doing beautifully in the garden at the moment are the peas, fennel, rocket, chilli and the capsicums are still abundant.
All of the potted trees, the olives, bay, the avocado, macadamia and miniature pear have all experienced wonderful growth spurts. The trees certainly take some patience in comparison to the short harvest cycle of vegetables.
These things have gone into the ground in the last week. I don’t intent to plant any new items this month. Note that I did say intend. I am not sure that I have ever had a month go by with nothing being added to the garden! There is always a first time…
I made this little story on an app called Stellar to farewell Autumn. It is a summary of the season here in our backyard. I hope you like it. If you use Stellar be sure to come and say hi. My user name is afreshlegacy I feel like the new girl at school over there with no friends at the moment!
I got through most items on last months To Do list. This month I will commence writing my book now that the planning phase is complete. I don’t imagine that I will be doing much in the garden at all this month except a check here and there and a quick look around when I harvest whatever is available to add to our meals.
The couple of activities that I will make time for will be:
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