Share that garden

I’m sitting in our dining room tapping madly away on my laptop. It’s time for another Garden Share Collective update, where a group of global garden bloggers put pen paper to share their veg patches with all those interested. If you get a chance, pop on over to Lizzie’s blog from Strayed from the Table

What’s happening

Our neighbour Leo who is a top bloke and a gun with a chainsaw called over on Sunday. Donned in a pair of shorts, T-Shirt, chaps, visor with ear muffs, protective glasses and boots, and totting a massive forestry chainsaw with a 36” bar … it was time to drop a couple of our pine trees which were hogging the hillside above our duck pond.

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Camera in hand, I fired off several shots of a pine as it was falling and held my breath as it slammed into the ground.

The trees about 70 – 80 ft high hit the deck with a loud cracking sound, branches burying themselves into the dirt. They were then trimmed, blocked and are now ready for splitting. There is something about men and firewood!

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At last, we have finally got 2 raised beds planted with an array of salad veg and flowers. I hated having to haul out the buckwheat yesterday – swathed in flowers it looked beautiful and was doing a great job of feeding the bees. My brother John and I perched ourselves on the sides of the bed with secateurs in hand and chopped up the greenery, yakking about all sorts of things as we snipped the buckwheat into pieces ready to be dug back in.

The soil in this bed looks great and it smelt pretty good too, might be something to do with the organic material I have been adding over the past few months. To top it off, we added some composted horse pooh thrown in for good measure. So into this space went :-

Scoresby tomato (dwarf variety)
Tomato cherry
Sorrel
Zinnia
Cucumber apple
Feverfew
Coriander
Parsley
Camomille
Lettuce
Marigold
NZ spinach
Basil bush

Did I over plant? Yes of course I did! I really can’t help myself and will no doubt regret this as those plants vie for space as they do their thing. I threw about handfuls of that wonderful Rok Solid and then we gave the bed a good drench of water. Wonderful.

Bed number 2 had been prepped with home made compost, composted horse poo and coffee grounds, into this space went :-

Cherokee toms
Sweet basil
Marigold
Cleome
Cosmos
Zucchini black beauty – Zucchini Cocozelle
Lettuce Great Lakes & Freckles
Beetroot cylindra
Lemon bergamot

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These toms aren’t dwarfs so these have been staked and lovely sweet basil has been planted close by (nothing like some good buddies together). I always plant cleome near my toms as the green shield beetles find them irresistible and from here I can easily pluck them from the leaves and stems. Flowers … always lots of them poked in with my veg for colour, cheer and to encourage beneficial insects!

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Our alliums – think garlic, red and Egyptian walking onions are looking brilliant although the self seeded stuff in these beds is causing over crowding, I need to get ruthless.

We are sharing our strawberries with some of the 4 legged wild life – which I’m not happy about but this isn’t surprising as they are just deliciously sweet and rosy red.

To Do

Loads to do in our garden. Another bed to haul out and get ready for planting – and the next one to go in will be the chilli bed. These guys do like close planting as they enjoy a humid environ. In this bed are already geraniums which chillies enjoy growing with and I’m also going to plant them with some marjoram which apparently improves the flavour of veges planted close by. We shall see!

I need to get out in that orchard with my seaweed fertiliser and get spraying. The orchard by the way is looking fabulous …

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Our garlic won’t be harvested for at least another month but it is already starting to send up the odd flower. No point leaving these on the plant, so I snap these off as I wander past – we want all the energy going into the bulb production.

Oh and before I forget – I’m going to poke some heirloom runner bean seeds into the dirt next to that trellis, top it up with some home made compost, coffee grounds and rok solid and wait expectantly until they germinate.

Harvest

We haven’t been harvesting much as of late other than an the usual array of herbs, lemons and eggs – it’s been all about planting. Does nibbling on the odd strawberry count?

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It won’t be long and we will be munching on lettuces, beetroot and spring onions and anything else that is ready from those salad spaces!

Sadly my lovely rooster Collin is no longer with us, but he has left us with 5 lovely little fluff balls who are living very happily in a hutch in our backyard with their Mum Gladys.

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Thanks for stopping by … and Happy Gardening.

32 thoughts

  1. So sad to hear Collin is gone. 😦 Looking forward to watching the little ones growing up though!

    The prep and planting and gardening and harvesting all sound so gratifying, Julie. I smiled when I read of you and your brother ‘yakking’ it up while you worked together side by side. It paints a very nice picture. 🙂

    Lovely strawberry — a summer fave! When you talk about perhaps having overplanted is that to say you have a rough idea of what will survive and what won’t? I have a limited green thumb and have planted container gardens of herbs and peppers and know that some thrive while others do not but I’m always like a kid at Christmas wanting this and this and THIS to plant! (Oh. And this as well….)

    Bill and I chopped down our flowers and shrubs out front which included a hefty amount of chives. Beautiful purple spring flowers! The dumpster where we tossed all our cuttings now gives off a strong, oniony scent! Do you know — are all chives edible? Maybe we should try chopping some up next summer?

    Take care and hope you have a pleasant week ahead!

    Julie

    • Hello lovely … yes I’m very sad our boy has gone too. Loving the little treasures he has left behind. Gardening for me is so much about prepping and planting, just love it. I do overplant Julie, most things survive though, but they fight for space, so then I have to eat them :). Doesn’t matter that you don’t have a green thumb – nor did I a few years back. Now it is huge! I would imagine all chives are edible .. just ensure they are chives! You have a great week too.

  2. A hive of activity Julie and another enjoyable wander with you through your garden. Colin will be missed. Those dear little chickadees are so perfect 😍
    So nice to have company and a chat while you are working.
    Another fabulous gardeny post and gorgeous photos. Looks like some nice weather too? Hugs!!

  3. I love how you plant edible things amongst flowers or is it the other way around? It assists in fertilisation and , as most of these flowers are excellent companion plants, reduces naughty bug infestation. I must get out there a put in my marigolds. I’m glad you removed the pines- did you sing a little tune, “I’m a lumber jack and I’m ok” while the work was done? Cheers, Julie.

  4. I love watching trees fall to the ground. A few moments filled with anticipation and a little nervousness. You can never overplant – I feel you can always pull out bits early to eat if need be.

  5. Hi Julie, I have planted Great Lakes, Freckles and Black Beauty before. They are wonderful varieties. I have not planted cylinder beets but hear they are very good, especially for pickling, because all the slices are the same size. I plant Detroit Dark Red beets and they are awesome. I plant them thick and we eat the thinnings for salads in the spring. There is still some in the garden at this late date! Wonderful photos and write-up as usual! Sorry to hear about Colin. Take care.

    • Hey Bob … always good to hear from you. How good are beetroot? Amazing juiced for brekky, roasted, pickled or in salads. Glad you like the pics. Yep not good news about Collin – damn. All the best to you! Loved hearing about Bishop ..

  6. Oh these chicks are adorable, Julie! But what happened to poor Collin? Did I miss anything? We also had some serious tree felling to do and thus plenty of fire wood but this is probably no concern of yours as you’re heading into summer. Take care 🙂

    • Hello Annette … sorry for the late reply. Oops! Yes the chicks are just the cutest … and I waste too much time watching them and their nutty antics. Collin .. he got very unwell very quickly – still not sure what went wrong. Tree felling .. we are getting our supply ready for next year. Time to dry it out and stack it away. You take care too Miss … always so nice to hear from you. 🙂

  7. Your garden sounds like it will be amazing especially with all that soil preparation you do! I was envious about the garlic shots – do you cut them off and eat them? For about two weeks in the spring here we can get the garlic scapes at some farm stands and fried in a pan with just olive oil they are delicious! Happy gardening.

  8. It’s really something to imagine this going on when the earth under my feet is solid and crunchy with frost. I just picked the very last tomatoes and hot peppers from the greenhouse today. The tomatoes did so well in fact, I never pulled them to get fall/winter greens going- oh well. I’m seriously going to enjoy your garden from afar over the next few months.
    Strawberries, basil, tomatoes oh my!
    Happy spring! wendy
    ps- do you know how to spread the wing out on a pullet and sort of tell if you have a rooster? It worked for us. Check out this link:
    http://www.fresh-eggs-daily.com/2012/06/cock-doodleroo-10-ways-to-sex-your.html
    Of course now you’ll have to wait and try this on the next round of baby fluffballs – as you have to do the wing thing in the first few days:)

  9. Hey Wendy … hello! So good to hear from you. Always is .. Please do enjoy my garden over the next few months. I will 🙂 Happy fall back at you. And thank you so much for that link. We have a couple with legs that are getting big – not sure yet. Fingers crossed not too many roosters!!!

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