An Autumn catch up

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.

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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.
  • Rhubarb
  • Broccoli, harvesting the first heads now, it’s so exciting!!
  • Beetroot
  • Lots of herbs and finally a good supply of coriander
  • Oranges from my friend and neighbor’s tree

Planting

  • 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.
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sour sobs

Hope your gardens are growing well and you are getting lots of pleasure being out in them.

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A gardening short holiday

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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
  • Children’s gardens
  • Great hall of flowers
  • Diggers club

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.

Is anyone else going?

Autumn…. a welcome relief in the vegetable garden

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Carrot and lettuce in seed for saving.

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!

What I am harvesting from the garden in March:

  • still getting a few roma tomatoes
  • cucumbers, my favourite is the mini muncher
  • bush beans
  • capsicums
  • eggplant – it has just started producing
  • rhubarb
  • beetroot
  • herbs – basil sweet & thai, oregano,thyme,rosemary,mint
  • chillies

Seeds I have planted:

  • Broccoli –  red spouting, De Cicco
  • Mini cabbage
  • Lettuce – freckles & heirloom mix & cos
  • Peas – purple podded dutch pea
  • spinach – bloomsdale
  • carrots
  • Pak choy
  • Poppies
  • Primula
  • beans – sun baby, sex without strings – description from an old seed catalogue reads

“sensuous and tender, the golden curves of this dwarf butter bean are available to all –  with no strings attached.”

To do this month:

  • Remove some Kikuyu from 2 beds for autumn planting
  • Add compost to the beds
  • Add some lime to the beds for the brassicas
  • Do a summer/autumn prune of the fruit trees
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Beds for de-grassing

Perfect time for carrots!

Carrots sown now make good growth and slow down in winter so they can be harvested a few at a time.  Two things to remember about carrots:

  • They love light sandy soils
  • Spread Complete ‘D’ in shallow holes 5cm away from where you have planted them about four weeks after seedlings appear, not at sowing time as high nutrients at germination causes the roots to fork.

Thanks to Malcolm Campbell from 891 talk back gardening Sunday morning for that tip!

I hope that you have had an amazing Summer in the garden and are ready to welcome Autumn. How is your garden going this month?

Seeds or Seedlings…. that is the question

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…

So in my garden both seed and seedling have a place, how about in yours?