A Summer Garden Review
March 27, 2012
My three vegetable patches and my herb patch are still producing well from summer. I was expecting to have removed summer plants by now and have planted for Autumn. I haven’t done this as I am still getting a steady stream of produce.
The picture below shows my haul from the garden one day last week, and I am picking bits and pieces most days. I am leaving my garden as it is for now but am starting to plant seeds so that they are ready to plant when they are raised seedlings and I remove the summer plants.
I have just read about a study being run by Permaculture Melbourne. The study is recording the amount (in weight) of produce that individuals are obtaining from their backyard gardens. I have joined the study and am looking forward to seeing how much my garden actually produces in a year. I will be weighing what I pick and recording it. At the end of the period I will send my results to John McKenzie who is running the study. I am excited about being able to put a figure to our lifestyle, I will be very interested to find out the results.
I spoke to John yesterday and he told me that the intention of the study is to… “celebrate the rich productivity of where we live”. He is hoping to raise the profile of the “whole industry in people’s backyards”. An outcome of John’s study will be a benchmark that shows how much is harvested across the different suburbs of Melbourne. John hopes that the flow on effect of this will be a rich source of local information that communities can use and draw upon and share their knowledge and gardening skills with each other. The April edition of ABC Gardening Australia Magazine April issue has a great story about the study with some fabulous examples of the volume of produce some participants are growing , along with some tips on how they do so. I have 3 copies of the current issue, that includes the story, to give away.
The image below shows what is planted in my garden at the moment. (To see the image clearly you can click on it) Patch 3 is sparse as I have removed some plants and am planning on resting it for a couple of months. I record the progress in my garden via a Garden Record Journal I created. It helps me keep track of what I have planted and how well the plants produce. You can read more about it here . If you would like a copy, I am happy to forward a copy for your use. If you have a copy already, I would love to hear how you are finding it.
With my summer garden still producing I am leaving it as it is and starting too raise some seeds in preparation for the change over of plants. I have planted some new season produce in pots – garlic and red onions.
Garlic is easy to grow ask your local nursery to order you some Australian organic garlic to plant. You will receive a whole garlic bulb. Gently remove the cloves and plant them about 4 cm deep with the tip pointing upwards -place in a sunny location, water and watch them grow – so easy!
We have collected the seeds from some of the tomato plants in the garden this weekend and washed them for storing and planting next year.
In the garden I will be progressively removing plants as they stop producing and replacing them with :
How is your garden progressing at the moment? Have you removed your summer plants?
I would love to hear what you are planting. For a chance to win a copy of the April issue of ABC Gardening Australia Magazine leave a comment below answering: What are you planting in your garden this season (that I have not listed above) ?
The first three comments answering the question above will be selected and sent a copy of the Magazine. Entry is open to Australian residents and closes Thursday 29th 5pm, or when the three comments are received if it is prior to that.
If you are interested in participating in The Big Weigh In you can contact John on 0421 699 306 to register.
In the interests of disclosure – I was given a free copy of ABC Gardening Australia. I chose to participate in the project prior to receiving a copy of the magazine.
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