Garden Share Collective May

As the fifth month of the year is upon us it is time once again for my Garden Share Collective post; this one will be a double whammy as I missed last month’s! The collective is a wonderful group of vegetable gardeners from across the globe who share their gardens every month thanks to Lizzie of Strayed from the Table.

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It has been a busy two months for us workwise so we haven’t been able to do as much as we would have liked in the garden. No seeds planted as yet and a number of empty beds including one at the Happy Patch Community Garden. That said, we still have a number of things growing and we harvested our first lot of bok choy this past week. The bok choy was planted along with some mini red cabbages next to the last of the capsicums and egg plants mid-March.

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Amazing how quick they grow.

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We had some of the mini cabbages left over so they went in one of our trusty boxes.

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Another two boxes hold cauliflowers. We lost a couple to rats (grrrrr!) but the ones that survived are doing well and are relatively bug free.

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We topped up the galvanised beds with our own compost to a depth of around 20 centimetres. The soil looked amazing!

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This year we decided to experiment with netting our brassicas to try and avoid the dreaded cabbage moth. Not wanting to spend a fortune we made do with things we already had. The structure was made from garden stakes and some of our old pool hose – Jamie never throws anything away!

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Over the top of that we put a mosquito net designed for a cot that we never used.

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In the first bed we planted kale and cauliflowers.

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They have grown significantly over the past 6 weeks. It is surprisingly difficult to photograph inside the net!

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The second bed is covered with a different mossie net that we picked up at an op-shop; we only needed half of it so have some left for the future broccoli bed.

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In this bed we have cauliflowers and sugarloaf cabbages.

029These have only been growing for 4 weeks. The beds are not completely cabbage moth proof but have only found a couple of grubs so far which is promising.

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They make the garden look very neat and professional, at least from the bedroom window.

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Of the two remaining wooden beds we have reconditioned one with compost and pea straw. We are yet to plant in it but as you can see a fennel and a couple of parsley parsnips have sprung up.

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Along the fence we planted a row of snow peas interspersed with sweet peas.

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Six weeks later the cloches are off and they are starting to climb.

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Next to them is a row of broadbeans and a couple of sweet peas for the bees.

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Ruby’s bed is now crammed with plants from the seeds she sowed. Already there is a couple of alyssum flowering. I don’t know what the rest are as it was a ‘pink mix’ so am looking forward to them blooming.

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Out the front only one bed is planted so far, it contains spinach and silverbeet.

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I forgot to take a photo of this bed today so here is a night shot. Clearly the millipedes are having a party! Will need to see what we can do about that.

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At the Happy Patch we have picked the last of the pumpkins and are yet to recondition that bed.

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In the second bed we have planted a winter green manure crop of oats, dun peas, rye corn and lupin.

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We topped it with a load of straw.

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And planted some sweet peas to add colour and attract the bees while we wait for the green manure crop to be ready for cutting down and digging into the soil.

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It hasn’t grown quite as lush as we had hoped so we might add some more seeds during the week.

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We have plenty of seeds ready to sow just no time to plant them!

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Finally, we have a serious case of chicken envy. Our next door neighbour’s pair “escaped” and cruised through our front garden recently, such a shame our council doesn’t allow fences!

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Harvesting: Bokchoy, spinach, chillies, capsicum.

To do: plant seeds, finish the new native garden out the front, research growing rhubarb, plant broccoli.

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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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8 Responses to Garden Share Collective May

  1. daphnegould says:

    They allow chickens but not fences? That seems like a bad mix. I love seeing that photo with you(?) in it. It shows more of the garden. Do you have any photos from above that show more of how it is laid out? Sometimes it is really hard to get a feel for a garden when you just see small patches of it.

  2. You have been busy this month – I love that you are serious about protecting your brassica’s. Cabbage moth for me is my enemy along with aphids. I like the use of the flexing piping on your frames we usually use old poly pipe but the end of the season it looks a little worse for wear.

  3. Your garden is looking great. I really must get onto my netting too….Have a great month

  4. Wow you must be pretty much self sustaining with all theat lovely produce. Awesome gardens, your hard work shows.

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