I know everone is going ‘nanas over their tomatoes, aubergines, chillies and capsicums at the moment. But I didn’t have many brassicas last season thanks to our 🐀 visitors so I am equally beaming at my spring cabbages and broccoli right now!
Moving the Basil (‘Lettuce Leaf’, seed from Diggers) out of the greenhouse today to harden off. Now that the temps are rising I try and move all things ‘punnets & tubes’ swiftly as they require a minimum of twice daily watering on warm days (and who has the time for that?!).
This is my failed Aubergine Ranchero experiment. I tried growing it as a perennial. And it looked promising at the end of August when it sported some flowers but deteriorated after that. New aubergine seedlings have gone into the ground now so this one is going into the compost!
I saw a couple of posts from Sydney- siders who have successfully overwintered their aubergines (one was a seedling that was overwintered in a greenhouse). As for Melbourne-it’s probably neither worth the space or hassle.
Here are a few sneak peeks of my Pumpkin Reaping photo shoot today. Tomorrow I have 5 or 6 young kids coming over to pick pumpkins. I’ve got the bed cleaned up and all the good Pumpkins photo’d and put back ready for choosing. More pics will be coming over the next few days so I hope y’all like #Pumpkins ! Shown here are: A staged shot on an old tractor, the bed all cleaned and ready, a pink wheelbarrow full of the biggest. And one of my “Perf” Pumpkins posing in all its glory.
After almost a year of observation, I'm fairly sure I have one more area that gets enough sunlight to be an active annual vegetable bed, just north of the new #polytunnel and between the two #figtrees . Here I am in October stacking it high with well-turned layers of relocated garden dirt, #compost , leaves, and grass clippings, as well as quite a few sticks and branches. I'm making this one crescent or banana-shaped because I am cute. I don't know what I will plant here yet, but it should be approaching ready by spring. #lasagnagardening#permaculture#vegetablegarden#notill#gardening
I’m lucky to have such adorable neighbors to help me in my garden! 😍 🌱Garden update: 🍅tomatoes were awful this year. I tried planting from seed for the first time and did it way too late, and it was too hot for this preggo lady to tend to them. today we picked what was left before I pull the plants for winter. 🥕third time’s the charm for carrots! this is only a small fraction of what’s growing and they are all huge! 🍠 my first time ever growing sweet potatoes and they are giant! I think this might be my new favorite crop, I can’t wait to dig around more and see what else is growing!
We have had almost 24hrs of rain and it is really showing in the garden - love it! I was pretty excited to have a quick wander around this morning and see all of the new growth. It was cold and wet but that's never stopped me before - although it is sometimes a little quicker in these instances ha. Oh, and remember the Kale Christmas Tree? It now looks like a Christmas Tree Skeleton - brought to you by Cabbage worm 😒 Looks like something out of a gardening horror movie haha There is a pic in my story 🌿(no filter on this pic - can you believe that green?!)
🌾What a flurry these last couple of months have been. Most days, I have a to-do list a mile long, [on top of a full-time job...] that never seems to get finished, but if I'm honest, I really haven't minded too much since most of what I've been up to is caring for the people I love the most. My dad moved to TN in August and while that's certainly been a dream come true [literally] it hasn't been easy for anyone. Ill tell you just briefly, he's leg is now in a cast for the next 3 months which makes moving him into his new house a challenge to say the least. 🌌The cosmic irony is not lost on me though, that once I was finally surrounded by [most] of my family, - my lil bro + sis-in-law are coming in a couple years - the challenges have really stepped up a notch...(Or TEN! Hah!) That's just how things roll around here. 😅 So needless to say, keeping up with the autumn garden has taken a less prominent place in my schedule, and that's ok. It's still producing, and I've got many months to complete the few big projects I've got it mind (removable cold frames for the raised beds, building a BAT HOUSE🐲, and digging in a brand new veg patch...) but for now, I'm kind of enjoying watching it slink back into chaos. 👌
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