If it wasn’t for the amazing amount of rain we have been getting and the lush green said rain is producing I would find it hard to believe that we are entering the sixth month of the year already. This means of course that it is time for my monthly 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 Strayed from the Table.
This year has been a busy one so not as much has been planted as we would like but what has gone in is doing splendidly. We have been feasting on lots of spinach and silverbeet from the front garden.
Today we planted some more herbs in the front herb garden. A new rue to replace my last one that inexplicably keeled over after growing beautifully for over a year, plus a lovage and a pennywort.
The self-seeded Italian parsley is going well.
And borage is popping up everywhere.
I am really pleased with how well the herb garden has turned out. Just one spot left to fill, I am nurturing a Mexican sage cutting which will hopefully be strong enough to plant in that space soon.
We have lots of limes which is exciting, so far we have only had two from this tree.
Out the back the cabbages and cauliflowers in pots are bug free so far.
The netted raised beds have kept 99% of the cabbage moths out, but has still let in some pesky aphids. We have been regularly scraping them off and they haven’t done too much damage.
In the lower beds the red cabbages are beginning to grow heads while the bok choy is almost done.
We are finally getting eggplants.
I potted some new herbs out the back too. A new tarragon, another comfrey and sorrel.
We also planted two ornamental kales by the pool, its hard to find plants that will flourish there as they are often splashed by the salt water, hopefully these will cope.
We finally planted seeds in our seed boxes: kale, red drumhead cabbage, kailaan broccoli, purple sprouting broccoli, waltham broccoli, green and purple cauliflowers and warrigal greens.
They have grown considerably over the last 20 days and we have had a 90% germination rate which is great for heirloom seeds.
Not much is happening at the Happy Patch Community Garden. One patch is growing a green manure crop and some sweet peas. The other has been reconditioned and is awaiting seeds. We are planning on sowing orange and purple carrots, radishes, snow peas, parsnips and turnips. We have decided to grow brassicas at home this year given we had so much bug damage at the patch last year.
Harvesting: Spinach, perennial spinach, silverbeet, kale, chillis, bok choy.
Planting: Romanesco broccoli seedlings bought today, natives, seeds at the Patch.
To do: Finish the native garden we are creating in the front yard (a post on that soon), do the aforementioned planting, plant daisies under the front elm tree and more pansies under the roses, buy a half wine barrel to make a water garden out the front.
Finally, here are some shots of the gorgeous flowers gracing our garden at the moment.