Succession Planting Tuesday

In my second only Succession Planting Tuesday I need to apologise to L for my complete and utter slackness in this department.  As much as I think it’s a brilliant idea at keeping the garden going and avoiding both incredible gluts and then complete scarcity, I have been total crap at actually remembering to plant anything.

Well on Sunday while Mr Good watched the Ashes and Miss Two snoozed on the couch (for three hours!!) Miss Four and I hit the garden with seed box in hand.  We started with more flowers, her favourite, we did some Asylum, Portulaca, Nasturtiums, Cosmos and Zinnias.  Of course in true Miss Four style the planting was all rather random so we’ll see what comes up.

Then is was on to the main event, vegetables.  Firstly, pak choy between the lettuce and silverbeet.  I don’t know what happened the first time, but they didn’t even come up.  Having said that I caught Mr Good standing right where I’d planted these so that doesn’t bode well for my second attempt.  Next was yet another lot of leeks after the last lot, which survived the two weeks away, got pulled out by Miss Two.  I decided to sow the seeds direct in the garden where she can’t get at them in the hope that I might get a couple actually grow.  And finally more red and white radishes.

I had planned to put in a couple of pumpkin seeds as the pumpkin plants were the only thing I lost while we were away but we ran out of time after mulching most of the garden and transplanting some tomatoes that were growing too close together..  I’m not sure if it’s too late for pumpkins, but I thought I’d give it a go anyway.  I’ll try and get them in next week.

And of course I should say – Happy New Year, see you round in 2014!

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9 Responses to Succession Planting Tuesday

  1. Come down and I’ll dig up some of my pumpkin seedlings. I was a little overzealous planting them – i figured if I had them I might as well sow them – and I have nearly 100 pumpkin plants up. I can’t tell you what they are as my labeling was rather non-existent but I do know they were yummy when I ate their parent plant. 😉 For our climate it’s touch and go now if seeds will be up and producing in time to ripen any fruit. It all depends on how long and hot the Summer and Autumn is. I learned this ast year, even with a late March first frost. My pumpkins were barely ripe.

    • Barbara Good says:

      I do remember you mentioning how many pumpkins you planted, 100 plants is insane, I hope you all like pumpkins. Think I’ve decided to leave the pumpkins this year and plant more beans in their place and perhaps some beetroot. I’ll be sure to plant them much earlier next year and plant a few more that I really want to ensure I have something at the end of the season.

      • 100 IS insane but I had the space for them and I had the seeds so why not. I’m glad I did though as we had a light frost the other day and all the ones out the front have frost burn.
        I always thought you had to sow them direct but they are fine in punnets (if you can stop the mice digging them up 😦 ) so I reckon sow them in late September for our area for an early November plant out. 🙂

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  3. narf77 says:

    Ditto on the pumpkin seedlings…I eat a LOT of pumpkin and my compost heaps and piles are sprouting pumpkins of all sorts all over the place. Next year I am going to attempt to grow turban pumpkins, should be good for a laugh ;). The only reason I have a veggie garden at all this year is because my friend forced seedlings onto me but despite this complete lack of preparation we have a somewhat reasonable selection of veggies in, and growing. Love the addition of flowers and completely forgot to plant out the black radish seed I bought when down in Hobart…cheers for the reminder! I haven’t got my head around year round gardening let alone sucession planting. Sounds like a lot of mental twitching to me. I have a vision of ladies in frothy “frocks” with enormouse hats with ribbons on and jangley bells on their ankles broadcasting organic seed from baskets festooned with sage…but that is about as far as my sucession planting vision goes. Those ladies don’t seem to be able to find Serendipity Farm at the moment. I await their arrival with eager anticipation 😉

    • Barbara Good says:

      I have never had any luck with pumpkins. Mostly I get big vines and very few actual pumpkins, plus last years attempts were pretty tasteless – highly disappointing. What I need is a variety that doesn’t take up so much space and have has more smaller pumpkins – any suggestions?

      The black radishes sound really interesting, I’d love to see them picked. I always grow radishes (this year red and white), but I don’t really know what to do with them, besides sliced in the odd salad.

      Oh and if you come across those ladies in frothy frocks and huge hats and bells carrying their baskets of organic seeds send them my way once they’ve finished with you. Or perhaps I’ll start looking for suitable attire at the op shop?

      • narf77 says:

        Aside from trying those little pumpkins that you find in the shops (note to self “save the seed from that little pumpkin in the pantry that Steve bought as a joke…) I haven’t any idea about pumpkins that would be good for a small space. Steve and I are horticulturalists but we specialised in trees and cold climate shrubs and are new to veggie gardening however have you thought of growing them vertically? They love to climb and using a frame for them to grow up might save you a whole lot of space. The black radishes are apparently excellent to cook with. I love Asian food (especially Korean) and am growing this first crop predominately so that my daughter can make kimchi out of them 😉

        I keep gazing wistfully out to see if the frothy ladies have arrived on our doorstep but they appear to be unwilling to plant their satin ballet slippers on our silty clay soil for the moment. We also have a dearth of “Lovely English Country Garden” and a few too many spiny weeds for frothy frock frolicking so methinks I might be waiting for quite some time for a visit but if I see them in a garden in the city I will send them your way 😉

  4. No need to apologise – in my preparations for NYE I didn’t even manage to post this week! Well done with the plantings – hopefully you’ll get the pumpkins in this week 🙂

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