My garden in Victoria, Australia is positioned in our yard. It's positioned that way so that it's close to our house (for easy observing and harvesting) and is fenced in from the kangaroos, wallabies and rabbits.
|Looking out my kitchen window|
What I'm Planting Now....
It's the change of season. Over the last week it has become very noticeable. There's a change in the air, the light seems different and the garden's starting to move faster. Spring has arrived.
It's around this time each year that I plant most of my seedlings at once. I have planted seeds that will go in very shortly and others that will be moved into larger pots to be nurtured until the soil is warm enough to receive them. I planted romanesco and purple broccoli, leek, tomatoes, capsicum and eggplant.I planted them according to the moon calendar a very good friend gave me last Christmas. I couldn't believe it. They came up about a week earlier than usual! Maybe there's something in this moon planting caper.
One bed of certified seed potatoes (Pontiac) are planted and I put some sunflowers around the edge. Once I've dug the potatoes, I'll let the chooks in to enjoy the sunflowers and dig around in the soil. I have a few little patches of peas scattered around the garden but I'm still putting more in.
What I'm Harvesting Now....
I couldn't be happier with my harvesting! We are having a kind and gentle year and my garden is producing well. I'm hoping my success is not just due to the weather though. I've been struggling with growing our food for a few years now, and I'm hoping that I've finally reached a stage where my soil has improved and that I have attained a level of experience that will allow me to continue to have a productive garden from now on.
We have been eating salad from the garden. I have lots of mixed lettuce in the garden. They are only small but there are enough that I can pick a leaf from here and a leaf from there and fill a small salad bowl.
Jobs for the Month
The biggest job ahead of me is the mulching. We need to buy some straw and mulch most of the garden beds before the weather warms up. If I'm late doing this job we'll waste water and the plants won't get off to such a good start.
I saved some of last year's desiree potatoes and I'd like to put these in very soon because they're starting to look old and soft. It's just a matter of finding the time really!
|I picked stinging nettles last week and cooked a nice fish meal|
I'll also be caring for the seedlings and potting them on if they need it.
I hope the next month in my garden is as kind as the last month. My garden has provided me with endless pleasure and many, many meals.
I hope life in your garden has been good too. What are you harvesting?