August/September catch-up!

A lot has happened in the three weeks since I last posted. While I have had to take an enforced break from the blog due to report writing, work in the garden has continued. Spring is here and the garden is blossoming accordingly. Step out the backdoor and the aroma from the jasmine that climbs up my studio surrounds you.


Seedlings are popping up in the most unlikely of places; violas are thriving under the lime tree and the shed next door is growing a succulent!

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The Golden Elms are blossoming much to the delight of the local Rainbow Lorikeets.

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And daisies are everywhere.


Jamie cleaned up the overgrown section of the front garden.

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It looks so much better now. Unfortunately the tree is an ornamental variety, so no fruit.


The lavender is gorgeously fragrant so I have been picking lots of it.


We found a nest and egg on the ground below the pine tree. Ruby thought it was fascinating. Anyone know what type of bird the egg belongs to? It is only 3 centimetres long.


We are eating an assortment of English spinach, rainbow chard, silverbeet and perpetual spinach in almost every meal.

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Most of the Romanesco broccoli plants have been harvested. Some have been perfect, others a little leggy.

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We have an abundance of fennel.

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And yesterday we harvested the first of the parsley parsnips; some are perfect, others decidedly odd. I plan on making a parsley and walnut pesto with a side of parsnips for dinner tonight.


We harvested the last of the kale; it is starting to go to seed and turning bitter, but is still good for smoothies.

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We still have green sprouting broccoli on the go.


And the broad beans should be ready in a few weeks.


The herbs are re-shooting and a new comfrey has popped up in the coriander pot.


At the Happy Patch the kale has come out, the radishes have gone to seed and the tatsoi we planted a few weeks ago have bolted already!

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The spring onions and accompanying violas are still growing well. We also harvested the leeks that were kindly planted by the previous tenant of this patch.

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The yukina and wombok look ok so far. And we have a few more purple carrots popping up.


The last of the Romanescos looks amazing.


The fallow patch is continuing to grow violas. We will be planting some of this bed out later today.


Miss Ruby loves to help in the garden every Saturday.



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 August/September catch-up!

  1. solarbeez says:

    Your garden looks so green in contrast to ours which is getting seedy. We planted fennel for the first time this year and were happy to spot some caterpillars on it, possibly of the Black Swallowtail butterflies.
    Green energy? How interesting. My interest is piqued.

  2. Rachel and Jamie says:

    Green energy = our new solar panel system, all our nightime energy needs come from a provider who only uses wind or solar power – no coal fired energy!

  3. merrynsmenu says:

    How wonderful your garden is looking. The succulent in the roof top is quite inspiring and the rainbow lorikeet obviously feels you have plenty to offer him. It is great Miss Ruby enjoys the garden. Wonderful parsnips and so many green vegetables.

  4. Well done, Rachel and Jamie! You are growing a great variety of vegetables and your garden looks wonderful. I love all the blossoms at this time of the year and our garden is full of bees, including wild, native bees. We have finally finished the front yard and I am about to plant a green manure crop in our main vegie patch. Happy spring planting!

    • Rachel and Jamie says:

      Thanks Veronique. It is still too messy for Jamie’s sensibilities, but I think it looks more homely that way. I am hoping our borage will help attract more bees this year. So glad you finished the front, ours is still a work in progress!

  5. racael says:

    What an inspiring blog – great reading – thanks

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