Patch update.

Given our recent preoccupation with our wedding among other things I have not blogged about our plots at the Happy Patch Community Garden for quite sometime. Our first plot we left fallow through the winter while the second plot grew a green manure crop in preparation for spring. We started planting them out in early October.

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In the first plot we planted in four rows reading from left to right – Warpaint watermelon, pumpkins (no idea what type as we were gifted them) and Black Jack zucchini; two rows of Cream and Honey corn seeds divided with marigolds; Moon and Stars watermelon seeds and Buttercup pumpkin seeds. Along the dividing edge we planted two sunflowers and snapdragons. In between plants on either end we planted some white alyssum.

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One month later it looks like this!

Sadly, we lost the zucchinis and some of the watermelons to slaters. Some of the baby corns were also eaten by something. So today we planted more seeds and added more cloches to try and protect the plants.

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A Moon and Stars watermelon is growing in one cloche and I planted another few seeds in the other. The Moon and Stars watermelon is a very significant heirloom, it was saved from extinction by Kent Whealy, the co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange – and its ongoing survival is now being assisted by gardeners growing it in their veggie patches around Australia. We have never grown this plant before but I have wanted too since reading about it in the Digger’s magazine. The photo below is from Diggers. I really hope ours fruit because they look amazing!

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Jamie also planted some more corn seeds to replace the ones we lost. I have no idea what happened to the marigolds! Most unusual as bugs usually leave them alone.

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The unknown pumpkin variety are doing well and growing so quickly we decided not to replace the zucchini.

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The buttercup pumpkins on the other side – another heirloom variety – are flowering already so hopefully there will be pumpkins soon.

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The sunflowers are already two feet high! A friend of the vegetarian child gave us a variety of seedlings recently as she had too many for herself. They included pumpkins, sunflowers and tomatoes but she couldn’t remember what varieties she planted so we are waiting to see – it’s a bit like pot luck really. She also gave us some alstroemerias and clivias which are currently living in the dog’s room/fernery.

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In the second patch back in October we planted two heirloom tomatoes, reisetomate and Amish paste, lots of basil and two Big Bertha capsicums. Only the tomatoes and one capsicum survived.

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Behind them we planted three of the gifted tomatoes – one already has fruit!

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We also planted some Black Jack zucchini seedlings, a row of purple carrots mixed with radish seeds, and some baby sun bean seeds.

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I also added one of the lavender plants I recently won in the Sampson Flat Garden Revival auction.

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Jamie wanted to pull out the sweet pea but it’s still so pretty I insisted it stay for the bees.

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Wizard the resident lizard paid us a visit while we were there today.

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And here is a shot of my husband watering. Inserted only so I could write husband 🙂

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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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