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?

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Poppies

jelly beans

californian jelly beans

I am determined to have more poppies in my garden over the coming months and have started sowing their tiny seeds.  It does say to sow them direct, I can see why,  the Iceland seedlings are so small I’m not sure how I will get them out of the punnets.  That will be another post!

These seeds are available from Diggers.

Autumn…. a welcome relief in the vegetable garden

carrot in seed

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
carrot in seed

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?