Sowing seeds and harvesting

Last weekend we finally got around to planting some seeds – black zucchini, yellow straight-neck zucchini, kent pumpkin, king leeks and echinacea. The pumpkins and zucchinis have loved the warmer weather. Two days ago the trays looked like this:




And today they were like this:


Jamie decided to re-pot them into small pots. We have been saving all the plastic pots we get from nurseries for years so have plenty.


We always use seed raising mix to begin with and then transfer the baby plants into compost. Jamie uses a teaspoon to lever them out so the roots don’t get tangled and plenty of soil goes with them. It also means the seed trays remain intact so they can be used again and again.


He puts them into pots pre-filled with compost and then he gently covers the roots with more compost.


To water he uses a spray bottle filled with water and approx 10 mls of seasol. It helps the seedlings to cope with transplant shock.


They look beautiful in their new homes. They will live in these pots for a couple of weeks until they are strong enough to go in the garden. Some are destined for home, others for the community garden.


We moved the trays of pots to a spot in the garden where they will get full sun for about four hours a day.


We direct sowed some perpetual spinach seeds in-between our two eggplants.


And some arugula (rocket) in-between the capsicums.


This weekend we also directly sowed seeds at the Happy Patch. In the number one patch we planted corn and beans together. The plants love growing together because as the corn grows strong and tall the beans will wrap themselves around the corn stem to use as a natural trellis. The pumpkins we just transplanted will eventually be planted in this patch.

011The zucchinis in this patch are growing really well, but the watermelon is struggling a little.


The number two patch is filled with a variety of plants so far – capsicum, tomatoes, eggplant, spring onions, garlic, carrots and radish. We planted some more radish seed plus some bush beans along one edge.


We also put some everlasting daisies in one corner.


I also tidied up the herb patch, I am still trying to rid it of bulbs!


And I used one of Lolo Houbein’s ideas and planted a couple of brown onions into the leek patch. Apparently, the green shoots are delicious.

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We had friends over for dinner on Saturday night so tried to use as much produce as possible from the garden. I used fennel, broad beans, mixed lettuce, carrots, spinach, radishes, garlic, parsley and mint.


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I used the carrots with a dip as a starter. And then made the following salads using recipes from Taste, with a few of my own touches here and there. Jamie barbecued haloumi slices and lamb steaks. It was a truly delicious meal! The photos include links to the recipes (I wish I could take food photos as fabulous as these).




Our friends are also keen gardeners and presented us with this glorious bouquet when they arrived.





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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5 Responses to Sowing seeds and harvesting

  1. Your garden is looking great. I have the same baby sun bean from diggers that you do!

  2. Rachel and Jamie says:

    Thanks Angela. Let’s hope they are prolific for both of us!

  3. It was indeed a memorable meal, Rachel & Jamie, and so nice to taste someone else’s organic, home-grown food!

  4. solarbeez says:

    Nice looking garden and harvest. Since we are at the tail end of our garden, (planting clover cover crops) it’s fun to see so much fresh greenery.

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