Another month has past and it is time for the December Garden Share Collective hosted by Lizzie from Strayed from the Table. Time to tour the veggie patch once more and share the happenings in this part of the veggie growing world.
In happy news we had two warm days – sadly not the day my sister got married! – and it actually started to feel like summer rather than the extended winter we have had recently. Of course it didn’t last and the days that followed were back to low-mid teens and raining. Though I did like that bit, it saved me all the watering.
It has taken me some getting used this new and much colder climate that we’ve moved to, but I’ve realised now that much of what I put in over the last few months was just biding it’s time until the soil warmed up. I had written lots of things off that are only now starting to come through.
The spuds which I had lost all hope of are absolutely flourishing and will need mounding up as soon as I find the time. I thought there was no hope of these coming good considering they were really old spuds I grew at our last place and never got to eating, I put them in the ground too early when it was still really cold and then the dog slept on the bed for a couple of weeks before Mr Good got the cage around them. It just goes to show you can’t keep a good spud down!
My greens bed which has silverbeet, lettuce, pak choy and rocket in it has all started shooting but growth has been very slow. Once these take off a bit more I’ll plant out the gaps that are sure to be there.
The corn has started coming through in the last week or so. Again this was a crop I had written off. I planted about 20 seeds and I’ve only seen about 7 or 8 shoots so I hope a few more come through soon so the harvest is a little bigger. I’m thinking of popping a pumpkin seed in the middle if there is a big gap.
The cucumber is going well but is still really small. I also think he needs a mate and there’s room next to him so I’ll pop in another couple of seeds and see what happens. The radishes at the end of this bed were going really well – one of the few plantings that didn’t keep me in suspense – until the snails found them. I’ve still got a few but will replant between then soon. Along the back of this bed I’ve got a row of sunflowers which have taken an age to come up but now there are plenty of them.
The next bed over I planted out some tomato, capsicum and eggplant seeds straight into the ground and a few of those have come up. But they are so tiny it is still touch and go whether they survive. I’ve also put in a couple of new tomato seedlings (from Skud) mostly cherry tomato varieties.
At the end of this same bed is two zucchinis which are growing nicely and around the corner of the L is a pumpkin, tiny and just hanging on to life – his mate died. More seeds will need to go in there too. In the corner of the L we have an old tree stump which I have planted red runner beans around. These are coming along nicely and I’m hoping to grow them up around the stump. Time will tell if that will work or not.
The little strawberry bed is going really well – except for one plant at the eat end of the bed which is looking dried out and sad. I gave it a big water and some worm wee and will hope it perks up. This bed needs to be netted soon as there are flowers and fruit on most of the plants and I don’t feel like sharing these with the birds!
The final little bed in front of the shed has been replanted with tomato seedlings, after three of the first four died. It also had stringless green beans growing behind the tomatoes. I put in seeds of red runner beans where a few of the green beans dies. There’s also a few lettuces growing between the tomatoes.
In pots I have basil, more lettuce, parsley, mint, bay, blueberries, and hopefully coriander if it ever grows.
Given that this is a very new garden we’re not really harvesting anything yet besides some parsley, mint and spring onions. But I’m dreaming (literally) about sweet strawberries and cherry tomatoes, zucchinis, crunchy cucumbers and all the rest.
And the to do list is long, but foremost on that list is finishing the garden paths so we have better access to the beds without having to kneel in the mud. Also given that we will be away for the first two weeks of December I’m trying to prepare the garden for a lack of watering to come (and I’m praying for a couple of days rain while we’re gone). I’m going to fill the paddling pools with water and put the pots into them. The beds will get a big drink before we head off and will be mulched. And then I guess it’s just hope they all pull through.
When we get back it will be a mad rush to get things looking nice for Christmas as we’re having all of Mr Good’s family at our place. Also a whole lot of planting to fill the gaps and to ensuring we have something to harvest coming into the Autumn.