Garden Share Collective Monthly Round-up

It has been an odd month in Adelaide. We had heatwaves followed by floods. While the garden survived the heat it couldn’t cope with the wet and many plants simply gave up and died, while the tomatoes split!


But the tomato plants are hanging on and we get new fruit every day.


Still, all the rain meant the rainwater tanks filled up and we were able to prepare for the winter vegetable crop early. We have filled the beds with a mixture of compost and chicken poo covered with mulch; they should be ready in a couple of weeks.

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The herbs in pots have coped remarkably well.

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And so have the ones growing in the shade of my studio.

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The eggplants are still growing so we have left them for now. Hopefully, we will get some more fruit soon.

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We planted our capsicums a little late last year so have not had too many thus far. The purple ones look like they will be delicious!

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The chillis weren’t fazed by the weird weather. The jalapeño has fruit, but we are still waiting for the habanero.  We use the latter as a chilli spray for bugs on our caulies and broccoli in the winter; works great!

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A number of borage and nasturtium seedlings  popped up in an empty container so we decided to leave them for attracting bees.


Meanwhile, at our Community Garden patch it was a different story. The foliage from the watermelons and pumpkins was prolific so the garden survived without a problem. The only issue was that there is so much foliage we can no longer walk across our patch and the watermelons are now growing into our neighbour’s patch. Luckily, they don’t seem to mind!


We couldn’t reach all of our arugula so it went to seed. It is also proving difficult to get at the rainbow chard and I am sure there are more red spring onions in there somewhere. We can still reach the zucchini and squash.

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We picked one watermelon a little too early which was devastating. We got the next one right 🙂

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There are still another 4 melons that we can see, though there may be more lurking in there somewhere.

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And a few more Buttercup pumpkins…

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The last one is hard to see, but trust me its there.


Even found some violas still growing underneath all those leaves; amazing!

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Harvesting: sundry herbs, chillis, eggplants, purple, red and green capsicum, zucchini, squash, rainbow chard, pumpkins, watermelon.

To do: sow the seeds we were supposed to do in February! Write blogs more often. Plant out the second bed we have leased at the patch!





About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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2 Responses to Garden Share Collective Monthly Round-up

  1. Its heartbreaking when you cut a watermelon and it’s not ready. At least you had plenty to choose from. We are still yet to grow one melon, I guess it all comes down to water. Glad to see that you survived the extreme weather conditions.

  2. Rachel and Jamie says:

    Thanks Lizzie 🙂

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