Monday, October 6, 2014

Spring - wild birds, giant broad beans and fields of lettuce| The garden series

Bare limbs, sunny days, and afternoon rain showers has been the sign that Spring is here at home. Hours spent learning about what's growing In the garden and harvesting produce daily for our dinners. I've attempted to do some intentional learning getting the tribe to help prepare the meals from our produce in the garden with varied success (imagine 21 month old and a head of lettuce). 
The sunshine and light showers brought strong growth to the plants and leaf growth. Lots of flowering and bee activity in the garden. The broad beans continue to tower over the beetroot and broccoli like giants. Pods are growing slowly promising great harvests for salads and felafel's for the warmer months. I've had such an amazing harvest of cauliflower and gathering continual broccoli and purple broccoli from two rows in the garden that has meant instant salads, antipasto platters and stirfry's. My lettuce is starting to shoot but we have had a couple of bbq's at sunset and harvested plentiful lettuce for bowls of salad. 
Over the weekend we enjoyed lazy mornings and afternoons spent in the garden. Miss 4 watered and harvested snow peas and sugar snap peas from the front garden. The snow peas were then pulled and the bean tepees cleaned up for future use. Near the walkway potatoes are about to go in with a big layer of compost and sugar cane mulch. This might provide a good harvest and not impact on the existing lettuce/spring onions. A new bean runner will be planted out near the front window for summer but I'm running out of room and have taken a step back until there is room for new plantings. One day I'll have the land to have the garden of my dreams. What have you got growing at the moment?

Growing vegetables an update|

What's growing in the garden|
Chocolate mint + mint
Blueberry plant {new leaf growth and flowering}
Broad beans {1.5 m high and flowering, small pods developing}
Broccoli  harvesting daily from two rows, has started flowering. 
Carrots two rows 20 cms high still growing 
Cauliflower harvested the last one two days ago {the size of a dinner plate}
Coriander harvesting three rows at different stages of growth. One bed near front window planted out from seed collected from last summer.
Celery Two rows
French Tarragon
Garlic {seriously crappy crop not sure what l am doing wrong}
Lemon tree
Lettuce bed of mixed lettuces and Cos - harvesting for salads daily {starting to shoot}
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, Ceres box of potatoes coming up near the lemon tree. 
Raspberries {new leaf growth alongside the potatoes}
Rhubarb {new leaf growth}
Spinach- harvesting 
Strawberries {lots of green leaves, some flowers}
Snow peas {bowl harvested every few days}
Snap peas { 40cms high in the teepees and at the end of producing}
Thyme + Lemon Thyme + variegated thyme

Rainbow Chard
Snow peas + sugar snap peas

Ongoing tasks|
Watch the daffodils come up, two rows still coming up.
Plan new plantings as the winter plantings will take some time to harvest and space is an issue, pulled the cauliflower near the front window and will dig in manure and mushroom compost.
Looking at a new art project with the children using bottle tops and coloured fabric scraps. Will make a new bunting for the garden window too to celebrate spring and summer.
Ads to finish painting veggie tags with Miss 4 {at least the backyard has been cleaned up and this will be happening next weekend}
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!!!) A cat moved out (YEY!) all seems to be going well.
Redo the worm warm and get it going for the warmer months in a cooler spot.
Weed garden across from us, add tubs for herbs, potatoes and possible lettuce beds. Bamboo is a problem that l can do little about in that bed so until l move to another property l will be gardening amongst the bamboo.

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? Have any tulips, daffodils and sunflowers appeared in your garden yet?

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Happy gardening.
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