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