Once again the new month has ticked over and I find myself offering up my monthly garden update. Sadly the garden, and my newly planted seeds/seedlings have been fairly neglected with other parts of my life taking over far too much this month. And of course this is being hosted by Lizzie at Strayed from the Table, where you will find other glorious garden delights.
This last month finally saw me get to planting some seeds for the winter garden in seed trays. Unfortunately I had a terrible success rate, two trays had not one seed come through at all, and I neglected the ones that did come through so by the time I planted them in the garden they were very leggy and droopy. I don’t hold much hope for them, but I have planted them out anyway. These seedlings included: Red Russian Kale, Rocket, Chinese Cabbage, Red Cabbage, (one) Cauliflower, and Green Sprouting Broccoli. I’m wondering if I would have more success planting seeds straight in the ground as I did with my tomatoes and eggplants in Summer. What do you think?
Of course in order to plant out my seedlings I had to clear out one of the garden beds I still had summer crops in. So out came the rocket, lettuce and pak choy all gone to seed (I collected some seeds and hopefully some will self seed too), the corn stalks and the cucumber (picking the last two cucumbers in the process). I left in the silverbeet, still going strong, some cosmos and a few white radishes. This is also the bed that house the potatoes I dug up earlier in the month (the harvest was a bit disappointing, mostly very small spuds, but they are delicious!). I will plant broad beans in this spot soon as well as in the section along the fence.
The rest of the garden looks like the Amazon jungle with sprawling tomatoes and an ever expanding zucchini plant. I will tackle some of these soon as many of the tomatoes have died back considerably and have just about finished fruiting, others are still going strong. I have one plant absolutely covered in fruit, all still very green. I have a feeling I’ll be picking them green and turning them into green tomato pickles. My cherry tomatoes have done extremely well this year, but the larger varieties have been pretty disappointing. The zucchini still looks like it has a lot of life left in it.
My plan for these beds include: a combination of beetroots, turnips (and other root veg if I have seeds) and more winter greens, snow peas and purple sprouting broccoli in another section and the some more cauliflowers and broccoli in the final section. Given my terrible history with seeds I’ll do a combination of seeds in trays, seeds in the ground and if all looks lost I’ll buy seedlings.
My harvests over the last months have included the potatoes, pumpkins (six in total), lots and lots of cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchinis, corn, a few strawberries, herbs and some greens.
On the to-do list is to finish off the garden paths (an ongoing job it seems), a big clean up of the rest of the garden beds, more and more planting – including some flowers out the front – and sorting out my pots. I have one big half wine barrel waiting for something to go in it. I thought I might re-pot my lemon tree into this one as it is a bigger pot. (Speaking of the lemon tree, it is looking much better so thanks for all the advice. It’s covered in flowers, but still is a little sparse on leaves.) Sadly, my potted bay tree which I’ve had for years curled up and died overnight. I tried topping up the potting mix and giving is some slow release fertilizer and worm wee, but nothing has helped. I’m not sure what happened there, but I guess I’ll have to find another plant for that pot now. My blueberry is also looking rather sad in its pot so I think it might be time to plant it out in the garden.
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