My last post was about a gardening short holiday at the end of March and you may of been thinking “Is she ever going to return?” My apologies for my delay in getting back to you.
I have to catch you up on the last 2 months of autumn as it has been a busy time in my garden.
I had some summer beds to clean out and weed of Kikuyu (sigh), compost and manure to spread for my winter veg, seedlings to transplant and netting to buy to stop the cabbage moth.
Harvesting at the moment
Lots of greens, spinach, silver-beet, kale.
I have a bed which has self seeded with red lollo lettuce as well as the few I planted myself, lol…
Eggplants, like a few fellow South Australian bloggers we are getting a late harvest.
The very last capsicums and fresh chillies, I have stacks in the freezer.
Broccoli, harvesting the first heads now, it’s so exciting!!
Lots of herbs and finally a good supply of coriander
Oranges from my friend and neighbor’s tree
I am getting my strawberry bed ready for runners a little later in the month.
I would like to plant some more peas and some garlic, I haven’t planted any for a couple of years due to it not storing well, but have been inspired by catching up my blog reading and seeing how many others are planting, I might give it a try again. Krystie’s photo’s of her shooting garlic over at A fresh legacy has done it for me.
I haven’t grown any onions before and thinking of planting some red ones.
Lastly some bergamot seeds for flowers later in the year.
Jobs to do
I know the cooler weather is set in when I see those dreaded sour sob leaves, I have a whole bed to pull up so that is one of my usual autumn/winter jobs.
I have been making a lot of compost and want to keep it activated so will be diligent in aerating it this month.
Hope your gardens are growing well and you are getting lots of pleasure being out in them.
I’m not sure if gardening and holiday are usually in the same sentence…. They are for me! Over the next 3 days I’m off to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden show held in the Carlton Gardens and the heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building. For 5 days from 25 – 29 March the gardens will be blooming with plenty of attractions for visitors like me, some of the things I am looking forward to :
Award winning displays
Boutique garden displays
Great hall of flowers
I am taking my camera and notepad and will have lots of news to share with you all. I am sharing some photo’s courtesy of their faceboook page, a teaser of what I am looking forward to seeing.
Autumn is my favourite time in the garden, I can stay outside all day on the weekends digging,weeding, planning and planting, still with a hat on but I don’t have to worry about getting sun-burnt even with sunscreen on!
I love seeds, when you see that first show of life, a little green head poking out, for me it is one of the most exciting things!
This time of year in both hemispheres of the world fellow gardeners and bloggers are getting their seed fixes. I have seen magnificent seed charts, read a great story about obsessive seed disorder(O-Seed-D) and spent hours deciding what seeds to plant myself. All that time I have spent deciding and looking has made me late in planting the seeds I need for my autumn/winter harvest.
Hello seedlings! The saviors of my garden for those many times when:
I have been late in planting seeds
Or when I have neglected my seeds and they have dried out
Not many have germinated
I just need 1 or 2 more for that spot
They have been reduced! I can almost never refuse a seedling in need of a loving home…
These came home with me
So in my garden both seed and seedling have a place, how about in yours?