Tuesday, November 3

Our Vegetable Garden - Update#1 November in pictures

I can't tell you how enjoyable it is watching our garden flourish this spring.  When we started our vegetable garden, it was at the end of last summer, and a few people asked me why we didn't do it sooner and take advantage of the great weather over the summer.   The easy answer to that was we just didn't get around to it!  Havng an Autumn/winter garden though was a great learning experience and now we've harvested almost all of it, and are into our Spring/Summer garden, we're more confident with things.  More inspired too.

Here's our peach tree.  We bought this for our anniversary 2 years ago and are yet to eat any fruit from it!  It was in a pot nearer the house and the cockatoos kept eating the fruit before it grew!  So now we've put some bird netting on it, it's growing fruit.  Peaches to eat this summer! Woot!

 Here's the corn!  We've got two rows of about 10 ears.  To think these were seeds only a couple of months ago!  I love these.
 Our tomatoes are happening - these are our Grosse Lisse's.  We've got about 8 or more little 'marties growing.  Aren't they cute?  We got the tip from Garden Angels (Lifestyle TV) to cut the bottoms off softdrink bottles, drill a hole in the lid, fill with pebbles and dig them in to feed the roots.  Put your fertiliser into the bottles, which then goes straight to the rootstock.  Great idea huh?

 These are our romas... started budding, no fruit yet.

Our carrots (on left) are still going strong, I think there's a good 10kg left in there, they should see us through the summer.  On the right are our most mature cos lettuce.  I think another 3 weeks we'll be eating these.  There's probably about 20 of them?

 Celery - only about 5 inches tall, about 8 or these.

Potatoes.  Hard to know how many are there, but we've had a little dig and there looks like heaps!  We'll be harvesting these at Christmas.

We picked up these climbing beans for $2 for a punnet of seedlings - they were looking a little sick when we got them but now going great guns - hubby has rigged up the string for them to climb on and secured it to the top of opera house (as I call our tunnel frame!) he's a clever bloke!

Here's the baby cos lettuce, they're about 3 weeks behind the bigger ones
Leeks, these are slower growing than I thought.  We planted these in Winter.. but they're fattening up now.  Think we'll get some seeds and replace as we go.
Moved the seedlings to the Opera house to get them more sun.  We don't have many seedlings left to go in really.  Chillis, zucchini, eggplant, and watermelon/rockmelons.
Here's the rhubarb.. happy in the middle
And our baby silverbeet - there's probably about 30 plants here!

And this is a look from the entrance of the Opera House
And the outside...

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8 lovely comments:

Dee on November 3, 2009 at 11:43 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Looks bloody awesome! Very jealous!

dearindira on November 3, 2009 at 1:28 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Hi Liss,

Your vegie garden looks amazing. What an achievement... it must feel very satisfying.You'll have enough to start a vegie stall soon! Indira

Christie on November 3, 2009 at 1:37 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Your garden looks fantastic, good for you! We haven't attempted celery yet, keep me updated on how it goes.
With our leeks, I cut off the bottom when I use them and replant them, they re-shoot pretty quickly.

Katy on November 3, 2009 at 1:45 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

It looks amazing Liss!! Do you stagger your planting?? I have never been a successful vegie-patcher, mine always died (and the snails helped!)

Liss on November 3, 2009 at 2:02 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Katy, yeah we do... but mainly with things that don't keep well over time and go to seed quickly. Lettuces, corn, we've staggered those.

We may well do some more seedlings depending on our consumption!

We do put down snail pellets, and a little tomato dust here and there if we have an infestation, but that's the only pesticides we're using.

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

Liss, this is fantastic. I always wanted to have my own vege patch but possum is a big problem :( Oh... we are only one surbub away :)

Liss on November 3, 2009 at 2:07 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Really Ellie?! I didn't realise we were that close!? We have had some overzealous possums, we started out with chickenwire, over the top about 1-2 ft off the ground but they worked out if they stood on it, they could eat through the holes! This new design was just used with star pickets, polypipe ($1 each piece from Kimbriki!) and some bird net from Bunnings. Cost us $34! We're now in the process of putting a makeshift watering system in there too..more on that later ;)

greenfumb on November 3, 2009 at 4:41 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Your carrots are amazing, I never seem to be able to grow a decent crop, I think I got three over the winter and I don't mean kilos!

Will keep trying though.

Love the Opera House, it will keep the pests away.


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