Sunday, 18 December 2016

A Sunday Stroll Around the Garden...

The garden has taken off after a slow start with a cooler than usual Spring this year. 
Earwigs have lingered causing much damage to young curcurbits and Basil!

In Bed 2 the Tromboncino Zucchini is just steering it's way to the trellis 
while the Capsicums remain small but are starting to flower.

Nearby Bed 3 the late planted Tomatoes are climbing in their cage and flowering 
while the Lettuces are ready for leaf picking. 

I have taken the Cucumber Wicking Pots out of the Shade Tunnel 
as they are covered in flowers that need the bees to visit for fruit-set.

Over in the Wicking Fridge Beds I have Chillies setting on the advanced purchased seedling while the home seeded Serrano Peppers are just beginning to flower.

Next to them the Strawberry Bed has needed a shade cover mainly to stop the black birds stealing the fruit...safe underneath the strawberries are getting huge!!

The Egyptian Onions have only produced tiny bulblets this year due to being moved at the wrong time...it needed to happen.  These little clusters of growth I remove and just bury in the ground, they will form clumps of small onions that can be used as green/spring onions.

On the other side of the grapevine Bed 14 is providing masses of Beans for the freezer. 

Tomatoes are setting and growing well in Bed 16...they just need some 
warm weather to start to ripen.

It's a few days short of our Summer Solstice when traditionally I would harvest the Potato Onions but this week we've had some rain so they needed to be out of the damp ground...I'll dry them in the sun for storage. Bed 18 is now empty and has been prepared for a planting of Banana Rockmelons.
Bed 19 is producing some Golden Zucchini and some of the Kakai Pumpkins are setting fruit.
 
Up in the IBC Wicking Bed 21 the Silverbeet/Chard is showing off it's coloured stems.
And last but not least in Bed 25 the Butternut Pumpkin vines have begun their escape to ramble over the garden.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Beds: 21 - 25

Bed 21 IBC WickingBed
Silverbeet purchased seedlings Planted 13 Oct and Kiwano Cucumbers Sown 16 Sep Potted up 22 Sep Planted out 5 Nov

Bed 22 IBC WickingBed
Tomato Mini Amish x 5 Sown 16 Aug Potted on 10 Sep Planted Out 5 Nov in Central Cage

Bed 23
Celery (from autumn planting)

Bed 24  WickingBed
 Zucchini Black Beauty x 2 Sown 16 Sep Potted up 22 Sep Planted out 6 Oct
+ Zucchini Golden x 2 Sown 16 Sep Potted up 22 Sep Planted out 6 Oct
+ Yellow Scalloped Squash x 2  Sown 16 Sep Potted up 22 Sep Planted out 6 Oct + top up planting Back Beauty Zucchini x 3 5 Nov
+ Tomatoes Tommy Toe Gen Y x 4 (in central cage) sown 16 Aug Potted on 10 Sep Planted Out 28 Oct

Bed 25 WickingBed
Butternut Pumpkin x 5 3 Purchased plants 2 Sown 16 Sep Potted up 15 Oct Planted out 30 Oct

Plus 4 big pots of Potatoes as we don't eat that many potatoes now.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Beds:16 - 20


Bed 16 IBC Wicking Bed
Tomato Mortgage Lifter x 5 sown 16 Aug Potted on 10 Sep Planted Out 6 Oct (in central cage)
+ Basil Sweet Genovese and Purple Ruffles sown 8 Aug potted on 11 Sep  Planted out 6 Oct
+ Rat Tailed Radish (for edible pods) Direct sown 6 Oct


Bed 17 IBC Wicking Bed
Dwarf Beans Violet Queen and Italian Romanao Sown 16 Sep Potted up 22 Sep Planted out 6 Oct 
+ Tomato Mini Amish x 4 sown 16 Aug Potted on 10 Sep Planted Out 6 Oct (in central cage)
+ Cosmos Transplanted volunteer plants

Bed 18
Potato Onions
+ Vol Flat Leaved Parsley transplants
+ Vol Lettuce (from autumn)

Bed 19
Broad Beans  Aquadulce  (autumn planting)
Later - Kakai Pumpkins and Golden Zucchini  Sown 16 Sep Potted up 22 Sep Planted out 5 Nov

Bed 20
Loganberries + Strawberries + Rhubarb in Permanent Wicking Bed planted 2015

Beds: 11 -16


Bed 11 Fridge Wicking Bed
Chillies Seranto Sown 19 July Potted up 12 Sep Planted out 30 Oct + 3 Purchased advanced Chilli plants


Bed 12 Fridge Wicking Bed
Strawberries some moved from Bed 20

 
Bed 13
Kakai Pumpkin (for their hulless seeds) Sown 16 Sep Potted up 22 Sep Planted out 14 Oct

Bed 14 IBC Wicking Bed
Climbing Beans Purple King Sown 16 Sep Planted out 6 Oct
and Northeaster Climbing Sown 16 Sep Planted out 6 Oct both trellised
+Bush Table Queen Squash Sown 16 Sep Potted up 22 Sep Planted out 6 Oct
+ Nasturtiums Direct seeded
+ Cosmos Transplanted volunteer seedlings

Bed 15 IBC Wicking Bed
Parsnips direct sown 21 Sep topup sowing 28 Oct
+ Tomato Mini Amish x 2 (in central cage) sown 16 Aug Potted on 10 Sep Planted Out 13 Oct

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Beds: 6 to 10

Beds 6-9 are in the Shade Tunnel where I have added a few wicking pots and a long tub for growing greens during summer.

Bed 6
Kale (remaining from autumn planting) will become a wicking bed

Bed 7
Carrots (remaining from autumn planting) will become a wicking bed

Bed 8
Dwarf Sugar Snap Peas Sown 16 Sep Planted out 8 Oct

Bed 9
Lemongrass + Spring Onions white and red - Overwintered

Shade Tunnel Pots (wicking)
Cucumbers Double Yield, Muncher Burpless, Spacemaster all Sown 16 Sep Potted up 22 Sep Planted out 14 Oct

Long Tub (wicking)
Lettuce - Red Iceberg x 5,  White Boston x 5 Sown 8 Aug potted up 11 Sep Planted out 28 Oct

Bed 10
The Bathtub Bed which will be replanted with Lemongrass and Parsley when I remove the Tree Onions that are in there from last year.

Beds: 1 to 5

Bed 1
Rosella Sown 19 July Potted up 23 July Planted out 6 Oct but failed due to a cold Spring. This bed will now be converted to a wicking bed for future plantings in Autumn 2017.

Bed 2
Zucchini - Tromboncino (on Trellis) Sown 16 Sep Potted up 22 Sep Planted out 7 Oct + Capsicums - Giant Green Purchased seedlings 7 Sep Potted up 9 Sep Planted out 7 Oct



Bed 3
Snowpea - Oregon Sugar Pod Direct Sown 18 Jul removed 15 Nov then...
Tomatoes a mix of cherry/small fruited varieties (Cherry, Tommy Toe and Mini Amish sown 16 Aug Potted on 10 Sep Planted Out 16 Nov



Bed 4
Okra - Burgandy x 1 Sown 18 July Pottd up 19 Aug Planted out 6 Oct
and Okra - Clemsons Spineless x 2  Sown 18 July Pottd up 19 Aug Planted out 6 Oct slow to get moving...



Bed 5
Lettuce - Red Iceberg x 5, Freckles Bunte x 2, White Boston x 2 Sown 8 Aug potted up 11 Sep Planted out 7 Oct
+ Cucumbers - White Wonder (trellised) x 5
and Spacemaster x 3 Sown 16 Sep Potted up 22 Sep Planted out 7 Oct

Sunday, 13 November 2016

New Kitchen Garden

Wow! Has it really been that long since my last post!!!
Life got busy...
...but things are slowly getting back to some semblance of normality.

Spring sowing and potting on and up and planting out has been cruising along according to plan, the major problem has been the very uncooperative spring weather this year...into November and there were still frosts in the forecasts and I won't even dare to mention the winds. 

The garden had to be planted up in time for us to head north to visit our new Grandie, Tropical Girl. It wasn't our first trip up north this year but babies aren't babies forever and we have to make the most of this little cherub while she is still little.
The other three Big Grandies now live around the corner from us so they are tasked with minding the chooks each time we go away!

Back to the garden...
Last summer was awful. It started hot and dry in October and stayed that way until April. This winter in contrast has been one of our wettest on record!

I think we are on our twentieth re-design of the Kitchen Garden and this time I think it's working...until we change our minds again! We have 25 small raised wicking beds (mainly) in the Kitchen Garden, just out the back..with fruit trees and the chooks on the other side of the block.


In the next few posts I'll describe what's growing in each of the beds...


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