Winter Gardening July 2013
July 1, 2013
I enjoy Winter in the garden. It is a lovely quiet, unhurried time. Everything grows slowly and there is not as much to do as in the warmer more productive months.
It almost feels like the plants stop growing, after the super growth and production cycle of Summer and Autumn. I enjoy the slow down and the slightly different function that the garden takes on. I plant garlic, onions and leeks to grow over this period. This year I have also added shallots. They will slowly gain in size and bulk over this period and into the warmer months.
In Summer I keep pots near the house that allow me to squeeze in extra produce. In the Winter months these become “lazy girl” pots eg: full of lettuce, close to the back door so that I do not have to venture in the cold and rain to the garden!
This month I am joining The Garden Collective. A group of bloggers gathered by Strayed from the Table to share their vegetable patches, container gardens and the herbs they grow on their window sills. The goal is to encourage more people to grow clean food, organically and sustainably. That is the reason I started this site, plus I love to cook and share my recipes.
In my garden this month, Mr Fresh and the boys added three bare rooted fruit trees. I have been waiting for bare rooted trees to be available to add to our collection for some time. After much pondering and debate, the correct locations were selected and the boys got to work…
Our fruit tree collection now includes:
All we have to do now is nurture them and patiently wait years and years to be rewarded with fresh fruit. I am sure they will be worth the wait. I am already dreaming up ways to use them 🙂
At the Farmers Market a couple of weeks ago I picked up a little kale plant and some rhubarb crowns. They have also been added to the garden this month. I am more than a little late to take up the kale revolution, but better late than never I guess….
When I collected my rhubarb crowns I took the opportunity to ask the farmer for his best growing tips. I have taken note of those and am looking forward to a little crop in the warmer months and a bumper crop the following year. I shared some of the tips here on Facebook if you are interested.
This month I have also planted more carrot, beetroot and pea seeds plus I planted some eggplant seeds into trays (yes, early I know but I like to experiment…)
If you are new reader, unfamiliar with my garden set up, I live in a suburban area outside of Melbourne and have three raised vegetable beds and a herb bed. I also use the space between the beds to plant, plus a collection of pots around the garden and near the house. Each Spring I creep a little more further into the yard with productive plants.
When it comes to gardening, my weakness is that I can not grow anything that is not a vegetable or fruit. All other plants in my care die. it is true! This may be because I have little/no interest in non productive plants….Mr Fresh is in charge of the non productive areas of our yard and it is my aim to continue to expand into his areas and add more and more vegetables and fruits 🙂
Planted in my garden now is:
Mostly salad greens, herbs, chilli, miniature capsicums, broccoli, beetroot, and lemons.
We have also just collected our first oranges from our little tree that was gift from my Aunt when we moved to this house.
Garden jobs in the coming month:
I will continue to “bug”, nag and provide a friendly reminder to Mr Fresh about building me a frame around my three raised beds before Summer. I would like to protect the plants better this year from the very healthy and greedy neighborhood birds who frequent my back yard.
I am looking forward to reading about some of the other gardens in the Garden Share Collective.
What are you doing in the garden at the moment?
I received a letter from one of my readers late last week asking for some gardening advice. On Wednesday I will be providing my top three vegetable gardening tips in a bid to help her and also to show that vegetable gardening is not always easy, or successful. I will be sharing some of the challenges I have faced, and the things I have learned. Be sure to return and check out my tips, or follow via Bloglovin’ to receive all post updates. Happy gardening.
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