Monthly Round-up August

 

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Welcome once again to the monthly round up of what has been happening in our garden. This is hosted by Lizzie from the Garden Share Collective; there you can see what lots of other like minded folk have been doing in their gardens this past month.

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For me, it was school holidays for much of July; usually this means more time in the garden, but this year we went to the beautiful Narooma on the NSW coast to stay with my oldest and dearest friend and her hubby. A wonderful time was had by all, and nary a thought was given to the garden back home.

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Once we returned it was a different matter! We came from gorgeous sunshine to wet and wild weather. Still, the Spring bulbs are once again gracing the front garden in all their glory.

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At the Happy Patch we decided that the broccoli was definitely not going to grow heads. We just kept getting more and more stalks and leaves with no heads and they were close to five feet tall! We have a number of theories including grubs, but most likely we planted them a little too early. The unseasonal weather back in May when it hit 30 degrees on a number of occasions was probably the culprit. So out they came!

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The Patch looks a little sad and sorry without them. We plan on putting in some compost and planting a few more veggies before we recondition the bed for next season.

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We still have a number of cauliflowers and Romanesco broccoli which were planted later. They are now all starting to head. We have tied the caulies up to ensure they grow close, white heads.

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At home the broccoli is growing well and we have begun harvesting. We lost a couple of young cauliflowers to a suspected rat. Luckily, it hasn’t returned.

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Jamie thinned out the fennel bed to enable the bulbs to grow nice and fat.

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The broad beans are beginning to flower.

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The three pots of coriander have grown so well we are having to share it with friends.

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And the front bed is growing fast; we have begun harvesting from there too.

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The fallow front bed has been given a spruce up with some compost, blood and bone, and mulch in preparation for leeks in the coming weeks.

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Most exciting of all, we had a 5KW Solar system installed on our roof!

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Harvesting:

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Spinach, rainbow chard, silverbeet from the front yard.

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Yukina, kale, spinach, silverbeet and coriander from the back.

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Baby fennel, and broccoli also from the backyard. Had a few snowpeas too.

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Spring onions, radish and kale from the Patch.

To do:

Sow spring seeds in trays.

Recondition two front beds.

Plant more Asian greens, carrots and radishes at the Patch.

Sow some sunflowers in the front garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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8 Responses to Monthly Round-up August

  1. What a shame about the broccoli. Knowing when to pull a failed or failing crop is one of the hardest parts of growing your own in my opinion because there’s always that nagging thought of “if I just give it a little more time” going on in your mind. I pulled the mangetout in the school garden the other day. We had grown two varieties I hadn’t tried before and they simply weren’t performing as well as I was expecting and had started to die back already which is way sooner than I would have thought, based on previous experience. I’ve replaced them with runner bean seedlings but I do have half a dozen more mangetout plants to pop in which I had already started, as part of our successional planting. I’ll be going back to my normal variety both at home and the school next season, although I may still grow some of the Golden Sweet, as their sweeter taste was a big hit with the children.

    Good tip about the cauliflower heads. I’ve always struggled to get close heads on Caulis and Romanesco but will definitely try the tying of leaves around the newly formed heads with the school plants when the time comes, so thank you 🙂

    • Rachel and Jamie says:

      Thanks for visiting 🙂 Snow peas (mangetout) are notoriously finicky. We are growing an heirloom dwarf version this year and haven’t had many yet, but are still hopeful. Interestingly, I planted a punnet of sweet pea flowers on the edges of the broad bean patches to attract bees. They have turned out to be snow peas and have fruited beautifully! Using stockings seems to work best for tying caulies. We haven’t done the Romanesco that way before but will try it and see if we get larger, greener veggies; thanks for the tip.

  2. Lizzie says:

    yay for solar, your system looks impressive. My broadbeans are flowering too however no beans. Hope yours serve you better.

  3. Wow! So much happening in your garden. We’ve just started harvesting our broccoli and it’s been so good! We’ve had crazy weather up here this season too which played around with some of our plants 🙂

    • Rachel and Jamie says:

      Thanks for visiting Sarah! There is nothing like home-grown broccoli. I never buy broccoli from the shops anymore as it is pale in comparison!

  4. Barbara Good says:

    Wow, looking much more productive than my patch. And a holiday to narooma sounds divine. This winter here in ballarat is starting to wear out its welcome.

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