Welcome to a new year in the garden. Summer sun, sun showers, hot concrete, chalk drawings, herbs going to seed, tomatoes beginning to fruit and the rosella's and native birds busy in the garden. Previously I have done a garden series called The great garden experiment but in truth I don't feel like I'm experimenting anymore. My garden hasn't grown in size but my perspective on gardening sure has. It's a daily practise of grounding myself in nature. Preparing, growing, nurturing and harvesting from the garden, teaching my tribe where food comes from, starting those lessons early on. This year I'm going to be joining the Garden Share Collective and checking in monthly with what's happening in the garden. This year will bring some more structure in the garden, in our home life, and our Montessori lessons with Miss four being in kinder three days a week. Hopefully that will translate into a weekly kitchen series and monthly updates on all those areas of our life with what's happening.
Growing vegetables an update
What's growing in the garden
Olive herb plant
(tiny tommie's, lemon drops, tiger, mini Roma's)
Watching, growing and waiting
New rows of Lettuce
New rows of Lettuce
Mulching with straw/pea mulch.
Cleaning and digging over sections of the garden.
Watering in worm wee and seaweed fertiliser for added growth.
Thinning out tomato shoots. It's unfortunate that staking just didn't happen this season but they are spreading along the pea straw and flowering abundantly.
Adding scraps and paper/ shredded waste matter to the compost bin.
Drying egg shells to add to the mulch.
Overhauling the worm farm.
Each summer I make these plans to devise artful and interesting ways of of trellising and supporting my tomato plants and climbing beans that is different, functional and attractive. With coloured stakes, strips of fabric off cuts from my sewing projects, plastic bottle tops to act as wind chimes, it's a bit of an obsession. With my back playing up and spending more time these days seeing my chiropractor something had to give. Sometimes you just have to stop. The snow pea and climbing bean teepees scattered like match sticks in a big storm much to my disappointment so I opted for a expandable lattice for the beans which had some success. I harvested the last of the broad beans for a Tuscan bread salad last week. Beetroot, parsnips, carrots and silver beet have been harvested for most meals in the past month and my lettuce bed is productive for salads.
Blue stakes were at the ready for the advanced tomatoes but it seems to late to try to force the plants into some organised structure. I watch my tomatoes stretching along the ground and whilst they will give a bountiful harvest it's a gangly, unorganised mess of jumbled tomato limbs now. Luckily, I'm learning that whilst imperfect it's good enough. My garden and the seasons often have a mind of their own. And productivity is not always linked to aesthetics.