Garden Share Collective – August

August is upon us so it is once again 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.


I missed last month’s collective for a number of reasons – you can read about them here – and while this month’s should be a huge catch-up it won’t be; mostly because of the attention we need to lavish on this adorable creature!

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Still, I have time to catch you up on some of the goings on in the kailyard. While we don’t have as much growing as we would like, we still have a reasonably productive garden.


We have three types of spinach which we eat as often as possible.


The nets we used on our galvanised beds certainly kept the cabbage moths off but they didn’t stop the aphid infestation. Sadly, we lost most of our red cabbages and all of the Russian kale, we did get to harvest a few mini cauliflowers though. Jamie had sown lots of purple and green cauliflowers and broccoli, red cabbages and Tuscan kale back in May. They are now residing in that bed, either directly planted or in pots until they are larger. They are taking a long time, but we are still hopeful they will produce at least some vegetables for us.

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Luckily, the green cabbages in the other raised bed are growing well.


The cabbages share the space with a number of purple broccoli.



The broad beans and snow peas along the fence are finally growing tall. Of our three wooden beds we have one fallow and one that contains the last of the capsicums and bok choy. The third bed is growing self-seeded fennel, parsley parsnip and Romanesco broccoli.

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Out the front, the herb garden has been added to – more on that in a future post. Meanwhile, our plots at the Happy Patch Community Garden have been sadly neglected. One is empty, bar one lonely self-seeded red pak choy. The other is growing a green manure crop along with some sweet peas which were sowen back in May. We visited the community garden for the first time in two months this week to discover the grasses were easily a metre tall – twice as high as they should have been. Jamie has now cut them down and we will dig it over in the next week or so.

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The other community beds are looking amazing! We are quite envious.

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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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17 Responses to Garden Share Collective – August

  1. daphnegould says:

    That purple broccoli looks so pretty. I so love purple vegetables.

  2. Your vegies look terrific and I just love the purple broccoli. Please save seeds to share!

  3. Oh… and congratulations on your new grandchild!!! She’s gorgeous 🙂

  4. Jan says:

    The purple broccoli looks amazing, what variety is it?

  5. Lizzie Moult says:

    darn aphids. If it is not one bug it is another. Your purple cauliflower is looking amazing though. Enjoy your time with your grandchild.

  6. LOOK AT THAT PURPLE BROCCOLI !!!!! oh my wow…. that’s amazing.

  7. Francesca says:

    Purple brocolli- I am super impressed. And cute baby too!

  8. I agree with everyone else here: your grandbaby and that purple broccoli are absolute standouts.

  9. Oh what a lovely photo of that happy baby! A serious distraction. Your garden looks fabulous. The cabbage and purple broccoli are stars. Damned aphids. I would have been out there picking the horrid things off .. Or spraying them with dishwashing water! That community garden looks terrific 😄

  10. Great harvest, at the ABC gardeners market in autumn I picked up what I thought was purple cauli turned out to be broccoli, can never have too many!

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