Home again…


After 8 glorious days on the NSW coast we returned to a very wet Adelaide. To be honest, not much had changed in the garden. The broccoli ‘trees’ at the Happy Patch have continued to grow without showing any signs of producing any actual broccoli. We have decided to give them a few more weeks before they get the chop.

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The radishes have continued to yield which has been terrific. We even took a bunch away with us as a gift for our dear friends in Narooma; they made an excellent salad.

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The spring onions are also growing well and we have begun harvesting them. Rather than pulling them straight up we have been cutting them off at the base as an experiment to see if they continue to grow.

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We also have a few baby cauliflowers just showing their heads.

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At home we are continuing to harvest pak choy, spinach, silverbeet, yukina, kale, rainbow chard and coriander.


The front bed containing the late plantings of spinach, silverbeet, rainbow chard and cabbages is doing very well. Not too many slugs or snails have found it yet which is great.


However, my idea of planting white pansies to deter cabbage moths has been foiled. We seem to have apricot and red as well as white!


Sadly, last night something (a rat? a possum?) seemed to take a liking to the last lot of cauliflowers we planted; they are all but decimated!



If anyone has an idea what may have done this and how to deter it please let us know.





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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6 Responses to Home again…

  1. Jessica says:

    A rat?? yuck.
    Nice garden.. but I’ll be more impressed when you grow me some apples! 😛

  2. solarbeez says:

    If that happened in my garden, it would have been deer. Lately they have decided to trim my tomatoes. I never thought I’d have to net tomatoes, but not only do they chew off vines, now they’re taking little bites of the actual fruit.
    Your broccoli trees are interesting. I just checked a garden web that said broccoli doesn’t like heat, but you can eat the leaves…http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cornucop/msg0723362021953.html

    • Rachel and Jamie says:

      No real heat here at the moment, we think it is most likely grubs. Sad though as we planted so many! We have added leaves to curry and soup so far, thanks for the tip 🙂

  3. Regarding the lack of broccoli heads, remember broccoli leaves are just as nutritious and tasty! Oliver’s on Morphett road sell very good rat traps for $20 each. They are very efficient and will last forever, although, one must be very careful with little hands and fingers! They need to be placed in a strategic location and only set up for night time, which is when rats mostly strike, and de-activated in the morning; this also protects the birds.

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