Saturday, August 30, 2014

Winter in the garden- an update| The Garden Series

Winter is nearly over and you can feel the spring breeze outside once the morning fog lifts. It's been a cold, wet few months with morning frosts. Lots of cardi's and beanies have been worn in an attempt to stay warm. Homemade quilts and rugs around the house and outside, bales of sugar cane mulch and straw put down on the garden to warm the soil and keep the veggies growing through the colder months. Herbs frosted over as we headed to kinder most mornings but surprisingly it's been a great growing season and little has been lost to the cold. 
The snow pea runner frames were destroyed near the walking path in strong winds but I decided to leave them. The snow peas continued to flower and produce even though it's an eyesore luckily my neighbour is very understanding. In future l will create tee pees in lieu of runners as they are stronger in high winds and provide more space for multiple plantings of climbing plants. 
The sunlight has been changing this past week and there is warmth in the sun finally. My broad beans stand as regal giants beside the broccoli and lime tree out front.
Rows of carrots, celery, braccicas and broad beans run plentifully in rows in the front garden. It's made winter feel more welcoming and beautiful while sitting on the couch looking out at the contrasting green foliage of the different plants, the blossoms on the snow peas and broad beans and the rustling from the gums in the background.
 New tee pees for snow peas and sugar snaps were planted out to the side by the window to provide shade in spring/summer. Daffodil bulbs are nestled by the footpath near the coriander and parsley rows. A row of daffodils is pushing through next to the front window surrounded by a row of huge cauliflowers. We have harvested several heads of cauliflower for friends and family. Broccoli makes for an easy meal and I'll be making a roasted cauliflower bread salad and creamy cauliflower soup this week too. The kids have been enjoying intentional learning in the garden- planting out coriander seeds in trenches by the path. Planting a big bag of bulbs. Harvesting herbs, rolling out dough for pizzas using our herbs and making slow cooked meals and soups with our produce. Snow peas and sugar snap peas have been eaten right off the vine and are lovely and sweet. Drawings of the garden and plants have been painted and decorated and we have been talking about the seasons and how it influences the garden. This winter we have been practising slow food and using only seasonal produce, I think it's important that my tribe understands the differing seasons and what produce is available and just how much work goes into growing vegetables and how long it takes to grind flour and make your own bread. Do you teach your little people how to eat seasonally?

Growing vegetables an update|

What's growing in the garden|
Chocolate mint + mint
Blueberry plant {new leaf growth}
Broad beans {1.5 m high and flowering}
Broccoli  harvesting heads daily from two rows. 
Carrots two rows 20 cms high still growing 
Cauliflower harvesting 
Coriander four beds planted out harvesting out of front row. 
Capsicum small heirloom dying back
French Tarragon
Lemon tree
Lettuce bed of mixed lettuces and Cos - harvesting for salads 
Lime tree
Olive herb plant
Olive trees
Parsley {curly and flat}
Passion fruit { fruit still green}
Potatoes up from last season in the twine patch
Radishes nearly finished
Raspberries {dormant}
Rhubarb {dormant}
Spinach- harvesting 
Strawberries {lots of green leaves}
Snow peas {bowl harvested every few days}
Snap peas { 40cms high in the teepees and producing}
Thyme + Lemon Thyme + variegated thyme

Rainbow Chard
Snow peas + sugar snap peas

Ongoing tasks|
Watch the daffodils come up
Plan new plantings as the winter plantings will take some time to harvest and space is an issue.
Looking at a new art project with the children using bottle tops
Ads to finish painting veggie tags with Miss 4
Working on cat proofing the plot-
Started using scat granules along with egg shells and fabric string lines and they have worked really well near the front door (hooray!!!)

I'm joining the Garden Share Collective over at Lizze's The strayed table and checking in monthly with what's happening in the garden.  What's growing on your garden at the moment? I'd love to hear from you and what's been happening in your neck of the woods.

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