Saturday, October 10

How does your garden grow?

In between some of the most dreadful weather we managed to pull the last of our beets and we're about half way through our carrots......I wish I'd started weighng them all before we started eating them so I could work out our net harvest.  Ah well, something for this season I suppose!

Here are some of the carrots (still plenty left) and now we're starting to pick more, the ones left are growing nice and fat because they've got more room to grow.  The beets were ready to come out and I'll need to remember to plant more next time because they are so juicy and yummy pickled or roasted.

Some of our baby garden has graduated to the big garden!
The corn - in fact we have put some more seeds down because ideally I would like two or three rows of corn.  We eat a lot of it.

The cos lettuce, these were bought from the local garden centre on sale (with double loyalty points) for $2.49 a punnet, this is two punnets, but we also have some seedlings going also, which aren't quite ready but that's OK!  A constant stream or maturity is a good thing. I learned this week on Garden Angels that with cos lettuce you can merely cut off the leaves, and leave the core and it will grow again, giving you 1-2 extra harvests per core.. how good is that? (You can grow them in pots too !)

I also transplanted some ready-bought seedlings of tomatoes - at the same garden centre sale for $2.49 a punnet - Grande Lisse and Roma Tomatoes, and some cherry tomatoes.

So here's what the rotating crop garden is looking like at present (you might want to click to enlarge to get the full picture - literally).

The cabbages are half done - these last lot are just maturing so we can eat them, this weekend we'll be picking one of these, and within the next two months, they'll be gone.  They are super-sweet and a real pleasure to have in the garden, they are easy and also so beautiful, they are like the rose of a vegetable garden...

Potatoes will need another couple of months, I think we'll bring these up in December, I can make lots of potato salad for Christmas and New Year festivities.

The herbs will be transplanted  - I'm thinking of biting the dust and buying a half barrel to put the rest of my herbs I just can't fit into my smallish herb garden nearer the kitchen.
The leeks are still going on their merry way, I think they need a bit of hilling and fertilising, looking forward to eating them!

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5 lovely comments:

Kylie @ The Rockgarden on October 10, 2009 at 4:57 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

It looks great Liss!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on October 11, 2009 at 12:59 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Wow, you are so good! I've never grown anything close to a vegetable :(

Kylie @ The Rockgarden on October 11, 2009 at 10:31 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Hi there! I love reading your blog and I sent you this award - enjoy :)

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Kez said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Looking good! With your cos, make sure you leave one or two to go to seed - you'll have bountiful cos for a long time to come. We've found that they're coming up everywhere and we're giving more away than we eat because we have so much!


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