Welcome to our first Garden Share Collective post. January has been an odd time weather wise here in Adelaide. We had a week in the low 20s and two weeks of heat wave. On 14/1 we hit 46 degrees! So, much of this month has been spent trying to save the garden from the heat.
We did this by erecting tents over the vegetable beds, heavily mulching the plants with pea straw and watering three times a day on those days it was over 40. The tents worked amazingly well and surprisingly we didn’t lose any plants. That said, we believe the crops were affected as we have not had the yield of previous years.
We kept the compost alive by daily deposits of ice-cubes made in empty ice-cream containers.
Our squash crop was a great disappointment this year. We had our first harvest for Christmas lunch, but since then nothing! The squash are growing and look beautiful; however, days before they are ready they turn brown and yucky. Even picking them early and putting them on a windowsill to ripen didn’t work. We think it’s a combination of the plant (the squash was one of the few plants we bought from a well known hardware store rather than using heirloom seeds from Diggers) and the heat. It can’t be the soil as we planted them both at home and at our community garden 3 kilometres away.
We still managed to harvest quite a bit during January. We had spinach, corn, carrots, cucumber, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, lettuces, spinach, silverbeet, red spring onions, garlic, rainbow chard, rocket, grapes. Not quite enough to feed ourselves but certainly enough that our shopping bill was much less.
We are looking forward to our eggplants and watermelons.
Sadly, we ran out of rain water this week (we have a 3400 L and a 1500 L tank). We had to begin using mains water on the beds.
Red spring onion, basil, zucchini, 4 types of mint, rocket, Buttercup pumpkin, Tigerella tomatoes, Tommy-toe cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, kale, squash, capsicum, jalapeño and habanero chilli, grapes.
Plant broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage seeds in germination box. Plant carrot and radish seeds directly into the ground. Remove the squash and refresh the bed with chicken manure and plant a green manure crop. Get a worm farm. Water, water, water.