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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Jamie thinned out the fennel bed to enable the bulbs to grow nice and fat.
The broad beans are beginning to flower.
The three pots of coriander have grown so well we are having to share it with friends.
And the front bed is growing fast; we have begun harvesting from there too.
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.
Most exciting of all, we had a 5KW Solar system installed on our roof!
Spinach, rainbow chard, silverbeet from the front yard.
Yukina, kale, spinach, silverbeet and coriander from the back.
Baby fennel, and broccoli also from the backyard. Had a few snowpeas too.
Spring onions, radish and kale from the Patch.
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.