Garden Share Collective August 2014
August 4, 2014
My list of activities to complete in the garden last month all got marked off as complete. You can find those items in last months post here. This post is a month summary of what is happening in my vegetable garden. It is part of a community of gardeners around Australia and the world who gather and share their gardening tips, successes and failures via Strayed From the Table.
The onions look like they are coming along beautifully. This year I have planted about a third of the number I usually plant. I am working on getting the optimum balance of planting for each season. Last year I found that onions, shallots, garlic and leek took up too much space for too long a period. In comparison this Winter our harvests have been much larger This is partly due to the inclusion of a new planting area this year, but also because of what has been planted.
There is garlic growing in multiple areas of the garden including some in pots – you can not have too much home grown garlic:
I think that you get the idea ….garlic is also growing in two other areas of the garden. I will spare you the images.
A few pea plants have made it through the wet and the cold nights and mornings. The ones that have are divine beauties don’t you think? They are such elegant, pretty plants, I could marvel at them for ages!
I am starting to clear out all of the garden beds in preparation for the impending Spring planting. The potatoes in one section of the garden (shown below) have been totally cleared out. The huge volume of straw that was mounded around them has been moved to other areas of the garden to provide mulch, plus some has been added to the compost heap. There are a few leeks remaining in that garden bed and a capsicum that has survived Winter.
The broccoli and bok choy are gorgeous at the moment. I am disappointed that the radicchio has barely grown more than 1 cm in the last 3 months! The cabbage has also been very slow to move along. It is looking like it will be well into Spring or even Summer before they are ready. I won’t plant them again as I will be wanting that space other things by the time they are progressing…I guess that is part of the learning curve. You take note of what works for you and your space, climate, soil, and your family preferences and then adjust accordingly.
As per this time last year, I have taken over Mr Fresh’s bench in the shed with seed trays. It is the perfect sheltered spot to grab sunshine to lift those little seeds up from the soil.
In the last couple of weeks I have planted seeds of:
I will dig up more potatoes and clear the beds as things are finished up for the season to allow the soil to rest for a little before replanting in Spring.
I aim to start planting tomato seeds at the very end of this month, in the shed alongside the others I have been planting in the last couple of weeks.
I may add in some more peas. I will wait until September to plant capsicum and eggplant this year as they did not sprout with the tomatoes last year.
How is your garden faring in this last month of Winter? Are you looking forward to Spring?
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