Six on Saturday – W17/2021 – Vegetables in April

This week has been a gardening delight, and I have ticked off an amazing number of tasks! I was all geared up to tell you all about it, when I suddenly realised that today is the last Saturday of April! Scrap all that was planned for this week’s Six! It’s time for my monthly update on our veggie patch, and my update on the front garden will just have to wait until next week!

Winter is the most productive time in the vegetable garden in this sub-tropical climate, and consequently there has been lots of heavy work going on in the veggie patch! Most of the summer crops have finished, and these were removed and composted. Mr S also mulch-mowed cuttings I had dumped in a pile. This, along with soil, tree mulch, compost and manure was combined to fill the new raised garden bed next to the shed where the figs spent the summer. Tomatoes, capsicum, lettuce and shallots were planted and we are hoping that this warmer and sheltered position will benefit these heat loving plants.

New raised garden bed. Black pots are used in hardening off some of the younger seedlings

2. The main veggie garden is composed of an assortment of raised beds and a long in-ground bed at the lower end near the citrus. All beds were dug over, soil was topped up, manure and mulch added in preparation for the new crops. A new wooden edge was put in at the top of the lower bed.

Lower in-ground bed in the vegetable garden. The asparagus is starting to lose its leaves, while the celery and shallots are doing well.

3. The young seedlings that were grown on into larger pots are now ready to be planted out into the vegetable garden. In addition to the celery (see photo) there are Swiss chard, basil, bock Choy, lettuce, capsicum, tomatoes, shallots and beetroot seedlings. Seeds of beans, carrots, and cauliflower have been sown. Carrot seeds have been sown directly into large pots. Broad bean seed will only be sown in July.

Celery seedlings ready to be planted out.

4. The broccoli and kale seedlings were planted out today.

Broccoli seedlings
Kale seedlings

5. Surprisingly the Chinese cabbage is still looking good, and we have been harvesting it for meals. Usually the plants are decimated by bugs, and they become ‘sacrificial’ plants.

Chinese cabbage

6. The final one for today is a huge surprise! This tropical peach seems to have had its seasons mixed up! It should be going dormant at this time of year, as we go into winter. Instead it is full of blossoms!

Although there is not much colour in this week’s post, the gardens in the Northern Hemisphere are bursting with colour and are looking amazing at this time of year! It is worthwhile popping over to The Propagator’s Blog where links to these blogs can be found in the comments section of his latest Six on Saturday! Take a look at the feast of colour and ideas from other contributors to the Six on Saturday. Until next week, happy gardening.

10 comments

  1. And I thought I was busy! Doing the same as you, planting veggies even though we are in different hemispheres, as Jude says. Do you have a lot of space? You seem to fit a lot in!

    • Our mild winters are are best veggie growing times, and even though salads are not really what you crave in winter, it’s the best time to grow salad crops for us. We are only on a small sub-urban block of 1080 square metres (about a fifth of an acre), but we are trying to utilise as much of the space available as possible. We have removed nearly all our front lawn and put in paths and borders. The back garden has a huge shed and two large rain water tanks and we are utilising as much of the remaining area for crops and veggies.

      • Sounds like you are using the space really well, great to have those rain water tanks and to lose some of the lawn for other more interesting things. Our lawn is ever-shrinking but is being guarded by my other half – I think I have annexed as much as I can get away with for now!

        • A slow erosion of the lawn is what is required! I was lucky in that my OH warmed to the lack of lawn to mow! Initially he was dubious about my idea of gardening. 🙂

  2. All your hard work obviously pays off, the veggies are looking good. It amuses me that you are planting your veg at the same time as we are (well not me, I am not a veg gardener although I have had some success with tomatoes and chillies and spinach. You do need a lot of space though and mine is mostly full of flowers). As for that peach. What on earth is it thinking?

    • It is unusual that our Southern and your Northern crops are coinciding, isn’t it? We have fairly mild winters where we are, and it is the best time of year for us to grow these veggies. Our summers are too hot and humid! We are also lucky in that we don’t get any frost here. Mr S is the veggie grower of the family, while I love ‘feeding the soul’ by planting all the foliage and flowering plants. He has the back garden (although I have encroached on a lot of the space there too, hehe)and I have the front garden. Perfect match! We only have about a fifth of an acre (1080 square metres) but it is enough for us to manage. Lawn area is minimal.

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