A Kailyard in Adelaide – monthly share

Only one month to go until the end of the year! 2014 has flown by and I am sure everyone else feels the same way. So, here is my December version of the garden share collective, a wonderful initiative organised by Lizzie from Strayed from the Table.


The weather has been relatively kind here in Adelaide over November. We had a few hot 35° + days but also a number of rainy days which thankfully topped up the rain water tanks. At home we have pulled up the last of the winter greens.

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However, the perpetual spinach continues to give us a good serve of greens when we want them. This pot has a few Lilliums in it too. They had to be moved from the courtyard as Rory was eating them, not a good thing for puppies to do! Jamie dumped them in this pot and promptly forgot all about them until they started growing!


The aloe vera we rescued from our eldest daughter’s garden is greening up nicely.


The grapes are looking promising.

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There is an abundance of cherry tomatoes and some larger ones too. So far there has only been a few ready for eating but they were delicious!


Our first capsicum should be ready within the week.


We have been getting loads of button squash from our three plants. Most are glorious but some are a little misshapen; not sure why.


The echinacea is almost ready to move to larger pots.

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Jamie transplanted the leek seedlings to bigger pots a week or so ago.

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And he planted them in the leek bed a couple of days ago.


Ruby’s sunflowers are getting larger.

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All the glorious yellow pumpkin, zucchini and tomato flowers look lovely scattered around the garden.


My lemon bergamot has so many flowers it toppled over!


It looks like we may get some fruit from the potted lime.


We finally planted some cucumbers and pumpkins at the patch.


The corn and beans are getting taller.


While the watermelons are spreading.


And the zucchinis are prolific already! So far we have had nine, all good sizes.

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The capsicum and Amish tomatoes are slow but steady.


Here is Jamie showing off his fabulous new t-shirt!

Harvesting: The spring harvest has begun in earnest. We picked the last of the rainbow chard, silverbeet and English Spinach.  Lots of zucchini, button squash, spring onions, rocket, lettuce and a handful of cherry tomatoes.



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To do:

  • plant more lettuce, carrots, radish
  • organise some temporary shade for those really, really hot days
  • bring in a load of mulch
  • plant more geraniums and mint under the pine tree out the front
  • general maintenance

003This lovely fellow has been living out the front for a week now.


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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20 Responses to A Kailyard in Adelaide – monthly share

  1. Looking good! Is your new neighbour noisy?

  2. Barbara Good says:

    Oh my goodness, you have a KOALA!!!! My girls would go crazy, what a cutie. Hope he’s a polite visitor. You’re garden looks totally fabulous!! The button squash especially, I must look into growing some of them myself next year (even if I’m the only one who enjoys eating them!).

  3. Wonderful progress in your lovely garden this month. Jamie’s shirt is great! Have a wonderful month and Christmas.

  4. Lizzie says:

    How lucky are you to have a koala in your front yard – Amazing. Love the T-Shirt too! How do you get your capsicums so big? Do you water them a lot? Ours are tiny and never seem to get very big. What is your secret?

  5. I love your yellow cherry tomatoes and button squash. Such lovely, golden, summery vegetables. Your garden is amazingly productive — well done!

  6. everyone’s gardens look so great and abundant right now, and yours is no exception. i must say, i think you are the only one in the garden share collective with a koala. fabulous!

  7. Well done, guys. Love the T-shirt. Where does it come from?

  8. Hi Veronique. The t-shirt came from an Artisan business in America. The t-shirt fabric is made from recycled bottle caps.

  9. How special to have that little koala in your front yard.

    Your garden is looking wonderfully healthy and prolific, gorgeous! We are winding down the gardening year in N CA, your garden makes me miss spring and summer and want to rush to the see catalogs.

  10. What a fabulous garden you have! Including the wildlife .. Your produce looks amazing. I have never grown leeks at this time of year .. Lemon bergamot is one of my favs, the bees just adore it. You have reminded me to poke some sunflower seed in the ground pronto! 🙂

  11. How lovely your garden looks. It is always so green and that potted lime looks inviting. Yuu will have grapes soon, a few hot days helps everything grow. The zucchini, golden squash and other vegies are sensational. Cute koala too 😀

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