Harvest Monday – Week One

Welcome to my first ever Harvest Monday (technically Tuesday here in Australia!). We have decided that this year we will be weighing all our produce to see exactly how much we grow in a year. With that in mind Week One began on Thursday 1st for us so our first weigh in is not quite a week’s worth.

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First to explain our garden for those who may be new to A Kailyard in Adelaide. We have three 1.2 m² raised beds, two 1.6 m x 90 cm raised galvanised beds, two 2 m x 30cm trench beds, plus five 1 m x 40 cm rectangular pots we use for vegetable growing in the back yard. Plus we have numerous round pots mostly used for herbs.

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We have a grapevine growing along the pool fence.

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In the front yard we have four 1 m x 2 m raised beds used for vegetables, a herb garden and numerous roses and flowers to attract the bees. We also have a lime and a grapefruit.

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In addition to this we lease two plots at a community garden. The garden has twenty-eight patches which are all 2.4 m².  It gets sun for most of the day which is a bonus! The Happy Patch has two sheds, one has space for everyone’s personal items; the other has community tools and watering cans for members to use. There is also a huge 44,500 litre rainwater tank.

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This year we have succession planted so one bed is booming while the other is just beginning to grow.

We try and only grow heirloom varieties and use organic principles. Currently we are growing: five types of cherry tomatoes; Amish tomatoes; lebanese cucumbers; green zucchini; yellow straightneck zucchini; button squash; QLD blue pumpkins; butternut pumpkins;  watermelon; red, green, yellow and brown capsicums, two types of lettuce; rocket; spinach; leeks; spring onions; red onion; corn; fingerling eggplants; eggplants. I think that is all!

Now to this week’s harvest!

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We harvested 2103 grams of green zucchini, 616 g of cherry tomatoes, 425 g yellow zucchini, 241 g Amish tomatoes, 190 g cucumber, 111 g fingerling eggplants, 52 g button squash, 45 g brown capsicum. We also picked a lot of herbs but I am not counting them this year.

Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne on her blog Daphne’s Dandelions, have a look and see what other garden bloggers have been harvesting this past week.

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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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14 Responses to Harvest Monday – Week One

  1. Wow! That is very impressive. Were you able to use it all? If not did you share/ swap/ preserve?

  2. Dan says:

    Nice work, and being in America, I’m really jealous right about now.

  3. daphnegould says:

    Lovely harvests. It is so nice seeing summer when we are frozen in winter. And I’ve never seen such a neat community garden with paths and raised beds.

  4. Michelle says:

    What a treat to see all those summer vegetables that we can only dream about in the northern parts of the world at the moment. It looks like a HOT day in that first photo. Nice to see a new garden joining Harvest Monday – Welcome!

  5. Margaret says:

    Very nice harvests! I can see that you have no issues growing squash/zucchini – they are one of those “easy” crops that I find to be a real challenge.

  6. Tracy Foulkes says:

    Hi there, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy reading your posts, I find them most inspiring! My garden is the most productive it has been for a long time and the sense of satisfaction and meaning that this provides for me is incredible. Currently picking beautiful sweet apricots, cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes.

  7. Mark Willis says:

    I’m new to your blog – but I can see immediately that we have a lot in common, particularly the sheer love of growing veg! What is the origin of the term “Kailyard” please?

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