Well the month and in this case the year has ticked around again and it’s time for a garden tour and update. This month I’m much more excited about the progress in the garden than I was in the last couple of months, mainly because it’s that time of year where everything is growing like weeds (including the weeds themselves) and the harvests are starting. For a new garden only established in the last couple of months this is highly satisfying.
In the garden at the moment I have…..
Potatoes looks most spectacular.
Greens including lots of lettuce, rocket which I can’t quite pick fast enough, pak choy in it’s very early stages and silverbeet.
The sweetcorn is looking wonderful, I’m just sad the germination rate was quite low. Perhaps the seeds were too old. Time for some new ones next year.
A lonely cucumber which is growing oh so slowly – why?
Some red and white radishes, mostly picked already, but I have planted more seeds.
Lots of tomatoes of various kinds – ten in all I think and mostly cherry tomato varieties.
Two zucchinis one small and growing little zucchinis (I’m not sure if they’re going to get bigger or if this is it?) and one huge vine trying to take over the whole garden but without a single make flower. Is this a lack of bees or germination issues? Is it the same reason the other plant only has little zucchini? Some zucchini advice needed please!
Beans – green stringless and red runner beans. The ones I’ve been training up the tree stump in the corner of the garden are doing quite well, but the zucchini is threatening to take over.
Eggplant and Capsicums – both still very small and unless they really start putting on some growth soon I don’t think I’ll be harvesting much from them. I wonder if I can over winter the capsicum in this climate as I did in Melbourne. It might be too cold and frosty here over winter?
And strawberries, ten plants and most with a handful of fruit on them. I’m hoping they’ll send out runners and colonise the whole garden bed eventually. I’ll have to do some reading about how to encourage this.
Finally some herbs, spring onions, blueberry and lemon/lime tree in pots all in various conditions.
Harvesting at the moment:
Lettuce, rocket, radishes, strawberries, herbs and spring onions.
We’re yet to finish the paths around the garden beds, but this is a longer term project which might take us another few months to get done.
In terms of the every day to do list, I need to keep up with the succession planting. I’ve just put in the pak choy as well as yet another lot of leeks (though I caught the cat digging just where these were) and some radishes and beetroots. Beans are next on the list.
I’m also in desperate need of some flowers in my garden to attract a few more beneficial insects. I have sunflowers growing but they’re a way off actually flowering. I also have cosmos and marigolds in which should flower soon. I also just planted some more including nasturtiums .
There’s lots of watering needed which has kicked up a notch since we’ve had less rain lately. Having said that we had good rain on New Years Day and even a little this morning. And the the temperatures have been very mild for the last week or so and set to continue for at least another week. Unlike a lot of the country which is experiencing very hot weather.
And that’s the garden for this month. With any luck there will be lots more harvesting happening next month. In the meantime I’m heading over the Strayed from the Table to check out all the other Garden Share Collective posts.