"Well the rain has been and gone -we got about 60mls. Sorry for all those folks who received a lambasting from the cyclone as it passed through. But we are still having the hot muggy weather which surprises me. The wind lashed the garden heavilly -…"
"I think we are in the last couple of days of this indian summer - has been great but I am ready to move on and the winter vege are are all coming on great. Just planted the second lot and getting space ready for the third - we will have a continuous…"
"When I checked today my latest attempt to grow carrots has been successful - looks like a 100% strike rate. At last - might have a good supply now through the winter.
Your brown onion harvest sounds great Lynn. I only grow red onions now and had…"
"I still have one grafted tomato struggling along - picking about 4-5 toms off it each day but I think this weekend might see its last days. Have had a great crop this year but also lost quite a few to weather - mostly didnt pick them quick enough.…"
"My tomatoes are all but finished. had a good crop with some as heavy as 500g. However lost quite a few to weather and being away for two weeks at the peak didnt help.
Getting into the winter veges now - first lot of cabbage, cauli and…"
"My tomatoes have been fantastic this year - they have been an average of 500g each. I think the tomato compost that I during the winter has paid dividends.
1 constructed a compost bin dedicated to the preparation of tomato compost to be used when…"
"I think we might be in for a hot dry February and we are going away for 2 weeks so imagine I will come back to a scorched garden with most things dying off. Hoping to find someone to look after the tomatoes so at least the last of the crop will be…"
"Pam - sounds like you have a productive little garden - it is amazing what you can grow in a small area. I usually only plant 3 dwarf bean plants at a time as they are very productive. A soaker hose is a great way to keep the ground moist at all…"
"Well, time to start thinking about the winter garden ! ! ! I aim to have most of our winter vege home grown. have put the first lot of crrots and parsnips in while it was raining. Getting soil ready for first lot of broccolli cauli and cabbage…"
"Interesting to read your post Kali - you can never be sure how accurate labels on plants are. I heard heights, for example only tell you what a shrub or tree will get to within a certain time, not necessarily its final height. Similar with flowers,…"
"Hopefully this jolly wind has at last died away. I dont like being out in the garden when it is windy and it knocks the taller plants around too much, some of my dahlias have had a couple of main stems knocked over. "
I have a large urban landscaped garden with a wide range of shrubs, trees, annuals and perennials. The vege garden consists of several raised beds and I focus on basic vegetables including summer garden of lettuce, beans, tomatoes, carrots, spring onions, and a winter garden of leeks celery cabbage cauli broccolli spinach red onions, garlic,
I wonder if you can put grass clippings on the beds when they come through without touching the stems to suppress the weeds? Might just have to try it & see if it will affect the conditions of growing the garlic. My hubby travels to the KDC everyday for his work too & still likes the drive. I have still got loads to learn about gardening cos I didn't plant nearly enough veg to see us though the summers months- like when i ran out of cucumbers I didn't think to stagger any of the veggies as well as tomatoes, lettuces & loads more. Just assumed the planting season was over & went without or bought fresh. Don't know what made me think that when I know you can plant veg all year round. Silly, thinking about it now as I've realised there is no hard & fast rules of planting veggies from seed or seedling...just do it really. My greatest win though was planting loads of early & late season potatoes. I have only now just bought my first bag of potatoes from the shop this year! And I am finally "getting the stagger thing" with growing brocolli & other winter veg thru the winter. Still, at the end of the day it's times like this when reflecting over past experiences can actually improve next seasons knowledge. Loving your compost photos...wish mine would hurry up & get like that hehe.
Hi Rex, I'm just wondering what you put over your garlic beds as mulch to stop the weeds? I've planted the stronger variety this time instead of the elephant garlic hoping to get a good crop next year. I don't have weed mat down like Ive been advised as I would rather something natural that would eventually breakdown. Any suggestions?