November has been a month of mixed weather and very little rain, like my fellow gardeners in South Australia I have been doing a lot of watering.
The flowers in my spring garden are slowly fading still giving me a beautiful display though, my buddleja davidii royal red is coming into blossom, the perfume and tiny flowers that make up the flower head are stunning.
I was late in planting my main summer crops so most of them have only been in the ground for a month. All of the tomatoes this year I have grown from seed and are new varieties, I’m really looking forward to the harvest this year, new tastes, shapes, colors and sizes. I am planning on planting some more tomatoes in January for a late summer/autumn crop.Below are the varieties I have planted.
- Cherokee Purple
- Black Krim
- Mini amish paste
- Pink bumble bee
- Black cherry
I’m making a greater effort to supply my family with lettuces, I don’t want to buy any salad greens ever again! I have a dedicated bed set up, installed the brown dripper hose with 150mm spacing’s which makes for intensive planting, made a seed frame which will allow seeds to germinate in a protected space and the shade cloth keeps the ground moist for longer and lets the water through gently. The bed is covered by white shade cloth which gives 50% shade, this will be on permanently over the summer. So I think I have all the bases covered to achieve this goal!
Lots of rhubarb, the last of the celery, strawberries, beetroot, my first mini chocolate capsicum,some basil and lettuce. Herbs – sorrel, thyme oregano, dill. With the promise of much more to come
I have bush beans in and want to grow a tall climbing bean so will have to get onto that. Lots of different lettuces.
Keep on top of regular seed planting, I have a couple of beds which I will change to the 150mm dripper hose and like most gardeners in the southern hemisphere, get ready to net the fruit trees.
Thanks to the girls from Garden share collective,who each month encourage us to share our gardens and what we are growing.