Garden Share Collective – February

As the second month of the year is upon us it is time once again for my Garden Share Collective post. The collective is a wonderful group of vegetable gardeners from across the globe who share their gardens every month thanks to Lizzie of Shared from the Table. TheGardenShareCollective300pix Despite the beginning of January being ridiculously hot the remainder of the month has been quite mild. This has meant that some things have not been as prolific as usual (tomatoes) whilst others have boomed! Currently we are enjoying/suffering a zucchini glut. They are everywhere. 004 003 And every once in a while you miss one until suddenly there is a whopper! 014 So I have been experimenting with zucchini recipes (see some here) as well as freezing excess for winter. 028 The monster plant was so large it was impossible to water at the root anymore and eventually succumbed to powdery mildew. We had to remove it. 005 (2) The stem shows just how big it was and how many zucchinis it produced. 012 Meanwhile, our succession planting in the second plot at the Happy Patch is starting to produce lots of squash and yet more zucchini! 008 Plus we have another yellow straight-neck zucchini at home. 009

We are getting lots of mini capsicum but only a couple of large so far. 070 010 014

We have fingerling eggplants. 068 Lots of leeks and lettuce. 069 (3) 097 Some cucumbers, but not as many as we hoped. 005 (14) The golden bantam corn have been delicious! We have had over a dozen ears so far. 001 (2) 002 (3) The perpetual spinach has also flourished in the cooler weather. 001 We were given 2 dozen yellow plums which I turned into jam. 004 (2) 006 - Copy And swapped some zucchinis for 2 dozen nectarines which I quartered then mixed with sugar and lemon juice and froze. I hope they work! 001 - Copy 004 (2) - Copy The cooler weather has meant we don’t have nearly as many watermelons as last year, nor are they as large. 004

But we have more pumpkins. They are supposed to be Kent but look more like QLD blue to me.

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And we finally have some eggplants. 007 Harvesting:  Orange, brown, green capsicum,yellow and green zucchini, Squash, Spinach, Amish tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, Lebanese cucumbers, Corn, Lettuce, Leeks, Fingerling eggplants, lots of herbs. The following is a picture of just one day’s harvest from the Patch. 002 To do: Sow early cabbage and cauliflower seeds in seed trays. Sow radish seed directly General maintenance 016 Lastly, our caterpillar experiment paid off; we have had a couple of swallowtails so far. They are just beautiful!

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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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13 Responses to Garden Share Collective – February

  1. What a fabulous bounty! I probably should freeze some zucchini also but at this stage I am spreading them between us and the neighbors. They are one of the Summer garden joys 🙂

  2. Oh wow your garden looks amazing! What about your produce … how exciting! Love the idea of freezing the grated zucchini. I turn my back for one moment and they resemble an arm … Oh how I wished my melon looked like yours – mine is a tiny pathetic thing. Happy gardening – great pics too! 🙂

  3. Lizzie says:

    oh, that pumpkin is so handsome. You really weren’t joking about having a zucchini glut. Wowzers. Some really great recipes too, I never thought to freeze them grated either, a great idea, could then use them in cakes and slices – perfect.

  4. beautiful harvests. it’s great to see how you are coping with the zucchini glut – i am also experimenting with freezing – i am roasting them first though for extra flavour. probably only good for stews but it’s worth a try.
    and aren’t those yellow plums so pretty? very unusual.

  5. It looks like your garden is growing beautifully. I have a zucchini glut too. I’ve been cutting them into wedges, sprinkling with parmesan and herbs and then baking them. The kids are scoffing them like potato wedges. (the recipe is on my blog if you’re interested). Love free fruit from friends!

  6. It’s all looking amazing. I love the look of the yellow plums – I just read in a book about preserving fruit that way, so hopefully it should work!

  7. Tracy says:

    Wow, your garden is producing some great things even magnificent butterflies. It’s a great time of year.

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