Garden Update Spring November 2013
November 4, 2013
This month has not been totally fabulous in my garden – there are bugs galore, mold from too much rain and not enough sunshine, there are still lots of Slaters and I have dreaded leaf curl on the little peach tree. Due to the poor weather I have not spent much time in the garden this month.
This post is part of The Garden Share Collective, graciously hosted by Lizzie at Strayed From the Table. Each month bloggers from around Australia, and the world, provide an update on how their vegetable gardens are growing. Be sure to check out some of the other sites, especially if you live in a state other than Victoria (where I am). It is fascinating to see the differences in what is growing in the different states.
Mr Fresh decided to re-order his to-do list and started to work on the new garden area ahead of schedule. It is beginning to take shape. Both levels are having the retaining walls re-enforced. The bottom area that you can only just glimpse in the image below will be a BBQ/entertaining area, covered in part by a grape vine.
The top level will have paving at the back (as you can see has been started) to provide a seating area in the shade. This was previously a scraggy garden area where not much grew. That may have been because it was an area I rarely watered, weeded or paid any attention. It was also shaded under the deck and has terrible soil that I have never attempted to rectify. It was filled with plants I dragged from our previous home.
Immediately in front of this paving area will be my new raised garden beds – one on each side. I plan to use the beds for salad ingredients and maybe herbs. I would love it to be a potager style garden but I don’t think I have the skill nor the patience to maintain the lovely symmetry of this style of garden.
My garden beds end up bursting at the seams as the season progresses. You may be able to tell this from raised bed 1 (see below) that currently is filled with garlic, onions, shallots, rocket, potatoes and some spinach and beetroot.
Last months jobs included trying to get rid of the Slaters. I have squashed plenty but there are thousands of them and so have not had too much success eradicating them. The kids have been told to hunt and kill them!
Weeding has been continuous and there are still some seeds I have raised that are yet to be put out until they are larger and strong enough to content with the bugs. Their growth has been painstakingly slow with the poor weather.
Some early onions came out and the potatoes in the large tyre that were being attacked by Slaters last month were harvested. The crop was quite small but since it was a crop I had not planned to plant it was a bonus and was used to make a few batches of gnocchi that I learned to make at cooking school in Italy earlier in the year.
I trimmed the rosemary plant on the weekend to freshen up the plant and to make some space in the herb garden. I tied the cuttings and have hung them to dry. There is too much of it to put in the oven. It will keep me in rosemary for a year (at least) and I can make some more rosemary salt for Christmas gifts.
A cold snap and rain for almost three weeks in a row has meant that I have lost a few tomato plants as they were affected by mold due to the damp. I pulled them out and have since replaced them.
The Slaters are still causing some damage in the garden. The little zucchini plant that was attacked was making a nice comeback and had many new leaves sprouting. I thought it had beaten the bugs until I saw it yesterday and something has taken off all of those new leaves. I’m not happy! Summer is not Summer without excess zucchini to get totally sick of. I think I will have to abandon the ones I have been raising from seed and buy a more progressed on to plant from the nursery that can withstand the bugs.
The rain has also delivered some tiny little black bugs that I have not seen in the garden previously. They have been sprayed with water mixed with chilli, garlic and some detergent. Hopefully that will be the end of them…
Also the little peach tree has dreaded leaf curl. Yuck. Look at it!!!
I didn’t notice at first and then with the rain we have also not been able to treat it. If you know what I should do to get rid of it please tell me in the comments below. I seems that I am too late to spray it now.
The onions, shallots, leeks and garlic are all growing well. The garlic is showing signs of getting close to being ready with the foliage starting to yellow. I pulled one up to check it and it still has some way to go prior to harvest.
I have started to harvest onions, much earlier than I expected and have begun planting corn seeds in the gaps. They are growing fast and looking good. The ones that didn’t germinate I have just re-planted with new seeds. There should have about 16 plants once they all take off.
All is not dire despite the bugs, mould and curl. One of the tomato plants is sporting flowers and the blueberries and raspberries are making fantastic progress. The lemon tree has a huge amount of new fruit developing.
This is how my garden is growing at the moment:
Raised bed 1 you saw in one of the images above, crowded with garlic, onions, shallots, potatoes and rocket.
In between beds 1 and 2:
Raised bed 2:
In between beds 2 and 3:
Raised bed 3:
The strawberry/eggplant/tomato patch has been re-netted to allow growing room for the taller plants. Thanks to Linda from Chloe’s Garden blog for the inspiration to try out this style of netting. I think it will work well and bonus points to me because Mr Fresh is not busting to re-do it. I must have done a good job 😉
I will do my utmost best to not plant anything else this month. I will be monitoring, weeding and checking on all the little plants progress. As well as doing battle with the post rain bugs.
What is happening in your garden this month? Please remember – if you have any tips on getting rid of leaf curl I need to know.
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