The autumn vegetables I’m growing in my backyard this year
February 28, 2017
At this time of month, each month for the past few years, I have been posting an update as part of the Garden Share Collective. My co-host Kate and I, from Rosehips and Rhubarb, have decided to put the Collective on hold to determine it’s future. We both feel the format is a little stale after a number of years. Our love of sharing our productive gardens remains unchanged, and we especially love to see the gardens of those who participate. This monthly post of what I’m growing, harvesting and doing in the garden has been a great forum to provide an overview of all that is going on in the garden.
I’d love to hear what you think. What do you like, or dislike?Do you read these posts each month? How do you think they could be more engaging or relevant to you? I’m keen to hear so please share in the comments below.
As I spend more time in other people’s gardens, installing and creating a seasonal vegetable garden and coaching them to grow I have less time for my own garden. I have itchy feet all round actually – not just with the Garden Share Collective but with my garden overall. It is due to have a make-over. It needs to now suit my current work commitments. I have a dream update planned for the space. My current raised beds are likely to be removed from the garden and our backyard growing area will evolve. Stay tuned for more updates on this. I will post pictures of the progress – don’t expect major changes soon though. It will take some time to happen because I need Mr Fresh’s muscles and building skills to do much of the work (it is on “the list”). I need to come up with a good bribe or enticement to keep my garden project at the top of “the list”!
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So let’s get down to it. AUTUMN – it’s here tomorrow! It feels like summer was so fleeting this year, it barely arrived. I feel a cheated. In true crazy weather style the last days of summer here are hot, last week I was wearing a jumper. My tomatoes have only just hit their full stride in the last fortnight. Unfortunately the odd weather has taken it’s toll and I don’t expect they will last into April and May as they usually do. The volume of harvests feels disappointing compared to those of the past five years in terms. Despite this the garden looks almost normal, a little messier than usual due to a lack of attention from me. The pumpkins seem to have enjoyed the random weather and are dominating the garden space. Below are some pictures of my end of summer garden.
Autumn is usually a bit of a non-event in my garden as summer production continues through to the end of April and sometimes into May. If you are wondering how you can extend your summer harvests, or how to decide when to remove your summer plants use the links to access posts I have written to answer these questions.
The tomatoes are fascinating this year. I usually attempt to maintain a neat, orderly summer garden. I am particular about labeling the variety of plants and ensuring the tomatoes are neatly strung on string. This year I have entire garden beds that self seeded, most of the plants are rambling or on stakes. I have no idea of the variety, although many I can guess. Some such as the ones shown below have a gorgeous shape and produce huge clusters of fruit. A real treat.
As Autumn progress I generally begin to plant seeds for Winter. This year it remains to be seen how that pans out but I am expecting to be starting Winter seeds much earlier this year. I have already planted a batch of kale and cabbage seeds, and a couple of broccoli seedlings to see how they go in this weather. I don’t expect many to make it through to winter. I like to do multiple batches of seed planting to ensure I hit the best period for raising and planting the seedlings. As we head into Autumn the pesky slugs and snails re-emerge hungry for precious, delicate seedlings. Multiple small seed batch planting is a good strategy to provide back up plants in the vent of losses. Do prepare yourself to be a little disappointed as some will be eaten in autumn. That I can guarantee.
I started my first round of autumn seeds last month and am now planting them under and around the summer plants. Once the summer plants fade and are ready to be removed the autumn seedlings will have grown and be approaching harvest time.
I am currently sowing the following seeds:
Plus seeds I’m testing to see how they progress:
I am well overdue to tidy my garden. I am a little nervous about starting this as usually it ends up drastically cleared! With my new garden plans in my mind I fear of an empty garden may eventuate if I get started.
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