Saturday, August 10, 2013

The great garden experiment series - winter in green

It's winter in the garden, warmth is absent even when the sun is out. There is a fine mist in the air and the ground shows signs of the winter chill. The soil is sodden, the wind bites, and the nearby gums heavy laden with birdlife seeking sanctuary. This week I carved out some time from kids and home to weave teepees for the snow peas, weed, cover the soil with hay to add warmth, and nurture the young seedlings from being trampled and beaten down by the cold.
In the garden lines of seedlings are slow-growing, they fight for room and l don't have the heart to thin them out. In the past they have grown side by side and made room for one another and l like to think that it helps them survive the cold climate, storms and high winds.

In the garden-
Beetroot seedlings lay side by side lines of Russian Kale, parsnip, broccoli, spinach and rocket. Five trenches of coloured heirloom carrots stand up in green tuffs along the front of the garden. Garlic, spring onions and cos lettuce provide a boarder with patches of self sown sunflowers standing half a metre tall. The flower heads are developing {yes, I know it's the heart of winter} it will be interesting to see them flower. 
Brussel sprouts and cauliflower plants grow tall by the path with proud standing celery and leeks like green sentinals lining the bean runner. Broad beans and snow peas are two inches high and lush green on either side of the bean runner frame. Whilst the seedlings are young compared to my usual flourishing garden jungle they are healthy and dwarf like.

My garden resembles a hand-drawn geometric road map of companion planting and self sown surprises. Coriander growing under sunflowers by the letterbox. Dwarf butter beans dotted nearby overshadowed by bare teepees awaiting seedlings reaching out and weaving their way along the strands of twine. 

And herbs of coriander, thyme {lemon, variegated, green}, oregano, olive herb, parsley, sage and chives {and garlic chives} bring scent when touched and add vibrancy to our slow cooked meals.
There might not be a lot of colour but the greenery of seedlings, climbing plants and herbs is a welcome sight on a cold day. 

What's growing in your garden?

X Mummafox
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