Wednesday, December 7, 2011

My December Garden

It's only early December but the garden is still Spring-lush, and full of summer salad potential!

My Adelaide garden been through such a tremendous transformation in one year, that it has been hard to believe that such a small spot behind a work shed could prosper so much. I'm feeling truly blessed.

You may notice a few of the planter beds are bare already. Harvests have been taking place.

Gone are the Spinach, Garlic, Spring Onions, Broad Beans, and the first round of Broccoli.

Our current ongoing harvest includes:
  • Strawberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Lettuces
  • Carrots
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Dill
  • Coriander
  • Parsley
  • Basil
And soon . . . the POTATOES.

The potatoes have been my biggest experiment this year with growing them in different planting situations. Direct in the ground, in a special planter bag or direct into a potting mix bag.

The potatoes in potting mix bags have struggled the most, mostly with yellowing leaves and lack of height. But I can wiggle my fingers down inside of each bag to feel how my potatoes are progressing in size, and all seems very healthy there.

Do you need to feed Potatoes during growing time?
Yes, and there are two ways you can do it. Using both methods is recommended but not too frequently.
  1. Lucerne as a mulch
  2. Thrive liquid soluble fertilizer

What's next for Summer?

We can look forward to:

  • Capsicums and chillies will begin to set and ripen
  • Cucumbers will multiply
  • Carrots will be harvested over time as needed
  • Broccoli harvest
  • Potato harvest
  • Large Tomato harvest
  • Pulling out old broad bean plants and digging the nitrogen back into the soil
  • Getting beds ready for new crops
  • Next round of planting

What to plant next? That is the question. Meanwhile, check out the progress of some of our garden produce . . .

Pink Pearl Cherry Tomatoes

Capsicums in flower

Burpless Cucumber in flower and setting

Chillies are setting

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