November garden update

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.

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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.

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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.

  1. Cherokee Purple
  2. Brandywine
  3. Black Krim
  4. Mini amish paste
  5. Pink bumble bee
  6. 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!

Harvesting

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

Planting

I have bush beans in and want to grow a tall climbing bean so will have to get onto that. Lots of different lettuces.

To do

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.

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Thanks to the girls from Garden share collective,who each month encourage us to share our gardens and what we are growing.

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In a vase on a Monday- a working vase

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My vase from last week was ready for the compost today and I was ready for a new creation from my garden.  I can remember years ago in winter buying little posies of herbs sprinkled with flowers and wanted to create something like that today.

I decided it would be a working vase, a vase for the kitchen to pick from when needed.

  • Parsley
  • Basil heads
  • Sage
  • Corriander
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Jonquils
  • Apricot branches – fake willow

Thanks to Cathy for this great idea It is a challenge I am enjoying more each week.  To see what others have in their vases head over to rambling in the garden.

Is that a rat I can smell…..

Our dog is a super snooper, if she is snooping there is a rodent somewhere that we can’t see and she will do whatever she can to get to it.

she has the scent

she has the scent

This is a gardening blog why am I writing about rats?  Because as Mr gardening hands says:

“they are everywhere, don’t worry about them, they won’t come near you, they are as afraid of you as you are of them.”

I’m going to put it out there, I am frightened of rats, ok and mice as well,so when the dog starts snooping around I am on alert.  You know what I mean, heart starts racing, eye’s darting around everywhere looking for that rat that is going to run straight at me up my leg and…… I don’t know what really.  Still it’s enough for me to stand inside while I send out the hunting party, Mr GH and dog to find out what is capturing her attention. photos 136 Now this post is really a word of warning to fellow gardeners, this time last year my kitchen garden was stripped bare of it’s chilies by rats, the one’s that I shouldn’t be able to see but last year our dog and the neighbor’s cats couldn’t keep them under control because I could see them. I grow basil in my kitchen garden and around this time of year in Adelaide it’s going to seed.  I love  the leggy seed heads on the basil, so did the rats last year they were all over it, at night I could see them climbing the branches eating the seeds.  I  even found the seeds heads stored away in between some bricks on the other side of the yard, that is how much they like them.

rat re-enactment

rat re-enactment

I had forgotten about all of that until the other day when the dog was going mad around the kitchen garden, I saw the seed heads on the basil and remembered last year! Yikes, that is not going to happen again, off with their heads! photos 176