Monthly round-up – May!

At the beginning of every month gardeners in Australia and some beyond, share their monthly garden enterprises, as part of the Garden Share Collective hosted by Lizzie at Strayed from the TableHere in Adelaide our two gardens are growing well. All the beds are either planted or being “green manured.”

Our new leased patch at the Happy Patch Community Garden is blooming. The brassicas, kale and cabbage are still inundated with white fly and we are forever picking off green caterpillars, but everything is growing well. We have a couple of cabbages with heads and some tiny cauliflowers are appearing.

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Our old leased patch has been sown with green manure to reinvigorate the soil. We are planning to leave it fallow for most of winter and then hopefully, plant some early Spring seedlings.

At home we have planted miniature snow pea seeds under bamboo tripods in one of the beds, along with some flowers to attract beneficials.

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The snow peas are just starting to germinate.

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In the next bed along we have sown silverbeet and yukina seeds plus kale and red pak choy seedlings.

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In the bed behind this one the fennel, rocket and parsley/parsnip seeds are sprouting. A lot of grass is also growing, but as the seedlings are still little we are unable to pull the grass out. Hopefully, it does not effect the baby vegetables too much.

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The broad beans along the fence are growing well. The photo isn’t great as yesterday was a very wet and cloudy day.

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The brassicas we grew from seed are growing slowly. The tumble of plastic butterflies is helping to keep some of the cabbage moths away.

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The other galvanised bed has been green manured; should be ready to plant out at the end of winter.

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We staggered our planting of broad beans. Along the water tank they are just starting to germinate. The sweet peas I planted to attract bees are growing a little slower than I had hoped.

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The perpetual spinach seeds were eaten by something as soon as they appeared! We have just a couple now protected by makeshift cloches.

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Harvesting: nothing really, a few handfuls of rocket, some chives and mint.

To do: Revitalise the soil in the three plots in the front garden and decide what we are going to plant there. Learn how to prune the grapevine. Organise a spot to plant the choko I am trying to sprout!

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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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3 Responses to Monthly round-up – May!

  1. Pingback: Garden Share Collective : May 2014

  2. Hey Rachel! Wow, your community garden is blossoming. Wish I had one here near me too!, would definitely help with the space problem an apartment balcony presents 🙂 I have to say that your makeshift cloche idea is genius! I can’t believe I didn’t think of that myself, definitely trying that next time!

    • Rachel and Jamie says:

      Thanks Helen! What a shame you don’t have a community garden close to you. Ours is only about an 8 minute drive so it’s easy to get to. You could always try guerrilla gardening on nearby unused land 🙂

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