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.

photos 950

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.

photos 965

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.

photos 947

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

TheGardenShareCollective300pix1

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

3 new garden beds

photos 690

I have been super busy in the garden, on the weekends doing full days knocking off about 4pm for afternoon drinks and then doing the walk around the garden so we can admire the day’s hard work, I’m sure I’m not alone in this, walking around the garden early evening with a drink in hand.

This has been an exciting garden project over the last 3 weeks, 3 new garden beds!  I had a half circle bed which I started off growing flowers in then dug out the middle thinking I would turn it into a fire pit and it ended up being the home for a healthy patch of weeds!

photos 548

Spoke to Mr GH about it and asked if we could knock it down and build some new beds that would be more productive, he agreed.  My job in all of our renovations is that of the lackie, the person who has to do all of the ugly jobs.  I had 300 bricks to clean for the new beds and dispose of the old bricks and general clean up, as well as keeping Mr GH feed and watered.  I would do it all again for the beautiful beds he made for me (insert love heart).

The beds are 1.2 x 2.1m and 3 bricks high, I filled them using the lasagne method, cardboard bottom layer, prunings, compost, soil on site, manure until they were full.  I have them irrigated I linked them into the existing vege garden irrigation.

Just waiting till the long weekend in October till I plant my summer crops. I’m hoping for a bumper season of tomatoes this year, fingers crossed.

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

Chillies, chillies and more chillies

Chilli harvest, the lone chille is firecracker.

Chilli harvest, the lone chilli is the fire cracker.

The weather forecast for Saturday is 39 degrees, a real stinker….. as we refer to them in South Australia.  I am always busy the night before a hot day, watering, getting the shade cloth ready to go over my garden beds, and I like to do a big harvest of what ever is ready to remove some stress from the plants

Kitchen garden

Kitchen garden

My tomatoes and capsicums aren’t ready have been waiting for some heat, but I had lots of chillies and 1 eggplant.  I have a kitchen garden close to the house just outside the back doors where I grow food that I pick daily, herbs, chillies, lettuces, spinach and flowers, In there are:

  • 1 thai chiili birdseye 7/10
  • 2 red chillies which are 5/10 for heat
  • 1 firecracker chilli 8/10 heat

photos_092-3(rev 0)

Down the back in my main vege garden I have planted 7 jalapenos plants, our favourites!  I pickle them and we eat them throughout the year, I am in for a bumper harvest this year as you can see from this photo, this is my second big harvest for the season.  The red chillies I freeze and use them throughout the year as well, I will have enough to last me the year which is great.

Jalapenos in garden bed.

Jalapenos in garden bed.

The last chilli is my dog!  Yes her name really is Chilli  she is is a 9 year old mini dachshund and my gardening companion.  A lazy gardener, any opportunity and she will find the comfiest spot and have a rest.

Chilli

Chilli