The Garden Share Collective. A monthly community of like minded garden enthusiasts who put pen to paper to share their vege patches with all those interested – the trials and tribulations of growing your own! Love it.
Sunday sunshine and the frogs are busy croaking like mad outside. I’m ensconced in our office, which just happens to have one of the best views of our property, well I think so anyway.
How brilliant is spring? Β I just love watching the garden come to life, although it means loads more jobs to do.
What’s happening in the Bonner’s garden?
My seedlings are looking sensational … lots of TLC, although I did leave the tray outside last night, a gentle reminder to those seedlings that they aren’t going to live in our kitchen forever. Truth is, seedlings need ‘hardening up’ so they need to spend time outdoors before being planted.
Speaking of the garden – our garlic and onions are growing brilliantly, Β the potatoes have shouldered their way through the soil and need some fertilising to get the ‘show on the road’. The insectary is looking amazing … and doing a top job of encouraging those bees. Mind you, the garden is buzzing with them, literally, well the totara tree is. We have a swarm!
One of the queen bees has left a hive and has been joined by her team of loyalists. Amazing! Interesting that swarming bees are less likely to be aggressive, probably something to do with gorging themselves on honey before leaving home.
There are two beds which need to be removed. I started on one during the week, hoisting out the nasturtium, calendula and spent peas. The soil in here is fairly good although this bed was home to brassicas (heavy feeders) over winter – so it needs some ‘bulking up’ before the summer crop goes in. Going by the book, root crops or light feeders should go in this space now, but going by my summer planting plan this isn’t going to work. No this garden is earmarked for my toms, parsley, basil, flowers, spinach, zuccs, runner beans and no doubt I will manage to ‘stuff’ something else in here. Truth is, I grow my soil, feed it with compost, food scraps, seaweed, coffee grounds, wood ash, rok solid, mulch and we can’t forget horse and chook poo, so I’m not overly concerned about what goes in here next.
The other bed (RB2) has slug chewed broccoli and cabbage plants, bright lights silver beet and a host of self seeded flowers and weeds. This also is in dire need of a ‘tidy up’ and will also receive the obligatory ‘top up’ of organic material. Yes, this garden will be Β for our summer salads and be filled with lettuce, herbs, beetroot, carrots, radish, chives and what ever else takes my fancy. We are going to be busy at the end of the month!
We are still munching on spring onions (just), juicing broccoli leaves and enjoying all the herbs we have growing, coriander, parsley, sage, garlic chives. Eggs? Lots of them!
To top the week off, I just had to add one more pic … we had our 18th year anniversary this week and I got spoilt with a new lens for my camera!
Happy gardening …