Friday, April 04, 2014

April in the Garden

It is that time of month again, when gardeners across the country, and across the world, report on their activities, as part of the Garden Share Collective. This is kindly hosted by Liz at Strayed from the Table.

You can see last month's report HERE

Here is the veggie garden on 4 April - all the huge white bird nets are gone, but so are all the tomatoes too. There is a little bit of fine black netting on a back bed, but it is nowhere as near as intrusive in the photos.

But it did work - despite the very poor season for tomatoes, we hardly lost any to the birds. (And yes, it did look like a well-draped four-poster bed!)

It is nice and damp here, and the smoke has mostly gone away, although there were big explosions in Morwell this morning. We wash all we eat very carefully.

And big news - if you look at bottom right in the above photo, you will see some pink lines. Maybe, just maybe, the patio with extended garage and, YES, the garden shed!!!! is going to happen. Just means a bit less morning sun on the veggies though.

This is a slightly skewed view - you cannot even see the black netting on bed one. Nor can you see the pumpkins that covered the fence - they are all gone (nine nice butternuts from one compost bin, thank you very much!).

And I am very happy with the lemon an the lime in the half barrels. The first fruit is hanging on, and the leaves are a lovely, healthy green.

This is a closeup of Bed 1 - the Engineer and I have had a spirited discussion about how to refer to the sub-beds - he wanted A, B and C, starting from the fence. I wanted A, B and C, starting from the end closest to the camera! We finally settled on North (closest to the camera), Central and South. No arguments that way.

This is where I am working most at the minute - South has been dug over, and has some of the new Broad Beans (no way the bloody birds will be able to lift those bricks!), then garlic, carrots, two lots of potato onions (thanks RLH), then a punnet of leeks. Little bit of space left that will get some tree onions soon.

Next I will dig over Central, put in more garlic, more tree onions and maybe some All Year Round Carrots. All the others say do not plant here until August.

Then get North under green manure. And all of Bed 2 under green manure. Once I can get the capsicums and chillies out of there (if I don't give in to a temptation to try and overwinter them - they are very late)

Then, there is one of this year's successes in Bed 2 - we picked up a packet of mixed lettuce seed from one of the online suppliers, and it has been fun. So much so that I am going to save lettuce seed like that in future, just throwing it all in the one bin. I may lose a type or two, but should still work.

Speaking of saving seed, see below/end.

Meanwhile, over in the pot area, the cherry tomatoes and most of the cucumbers are out - just an occasional cuke struggling on. Most of this area is supposed to go for the sun room, so I am trying to cut back on pots I have been growing "just because I can". I am genetically programmed to propagate plants I do not even want!

And this is one of my pride and joys - the large strawberry pot with rosemary and thymes - although I have not yet been able to pick up all the thymes I want - I hear there is a specialist herb nursery out Mount Evelyn way - feel a need for a road trip. In the meantime I have filled a few slots with Lobelia.

And my bad news for the month? Not only did my Giant Sunflowers turn out to be Pygmies - they were descended upon by cockatoos, which rapidly demolished them. End of sunflowers again for me.

Now, to tick all the boxes:

Last month planted garlic, carrots, broad beans, potato onions, tree onions, leeks.
This month to plant more garlic, more tree onions, maybe more carrots. And green manure.


Last of tomatoes, last zucchini, last cucumbers, spring onions, lettuce, beetroot, climbing beans (Blue Lake have been stunning), capsicums, peppers, a handful of spuds (threw a spouting one in a pot - they were nice!), pumpkins.

Plus all the herbs - mainly parsley (two different), basil, mint, sage, chives, rosemary, marjoram, summer savory and thyme. And nastursiams - were do they fit? And how do you spell them?

To do

Mainly overwinter the beds, with green manure or digging in manure. 
Empty compost bins/bags onto beds, and get more ready for next year. I am liking these bins/bags as "pop-up" gardens for potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini.

And tomorrow - take out a trip out to Yinnar, where they have not only community garden, but also a new seed exchange. I will take out some tree onions and some Italian flat-leaf parsley. (If anyone else wants some Italian flat-leaf parsley, drop me a note - they are easy to post around)


Blogger Unknown said...

Your new season garden is looking great. I love it when the nets are gone. They are required but they do look horrible and make it more tricky to access everything. Have a great month.

7:53 AM  
Blogger Donnadoll said...

Hi Linda. Your garden looks great as always. Your tomatoes have finished way before mine. Mine are in full swing now, but they didn't really start until February. The building project looks exciting.

8:00 AM  
Blogger Ockduspock said...

What a pretty garden you have! Looks like a really productive space. Hope you don't get too much fall out from the explosions too :(

11:42 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Hi Donna (and waving to Kyrstie),

I was really disappointed with the tommies, I think the weather and the ash hit them hard. We were really surprised when we went out to Yinnar to find an absolute riot of cherry tomatoes.

And Ock - have had a quick look at your blog - going back to enjoy, slowly.



3:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Loving all those pots. And really looking forward to seeing your shed build.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Brenda @ 13 Acres said...

wow - great garden! I'm joining in on my first Garden Collective! Your herbs are amazing and yes, taking off the netting is nice after having to endure all summer but we saved all our tomatoes from birds too! good luck with the shed! xx

6:49 PM  
Blogger Merryn said...

How wonderful is your April garden! Your herbs are stunning and everything looks so lush. It is clever keeping pots on pavers on plastic, what a clever idea. Have fun shed building :)

10:55 AM  
Blogger lizzie {Strayed Table} said...

I am a little jealous of your propagation skills in pots. I am very hit and miss, well really more miss than ever having a win. i am better of growing things from seed. The garden is looking really great and you must be excited about your new plans to build too.

1:07 PM  

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