Sunday, October 5, 2014

Garden Share Collective

These words are from Lizzie's blog telling all there is to know about the garden Share Collective.
"The Garden Share Collective is a group of bloggers who share their vegetable patches, container gardens and the herbs they grow on their window sills. Creating a monthly community to navigate through any garden troubles and to rival in the success of a good harvest we will nurture any beginner gardener to flourish. Each month we set ourselves a few tasks to complete by the next month, this gives us a little push to getting closer to picking and harvesting. The long-term goal of the Garden Share Collective is to get more and more people gardening and growing clean food organically and sustainably.
The Garden Share Collective runs on the first Monday of each Month"

I've just returned from a couple of days away so I'm a little more in love with my garden ( I'm a little tired too). I miss it when I'm away. I even bought  a few gifts for the garden, chilli plants, capsicums and a tomato plant. You can't have too many...  not really.

This month I've been sowing and sowing. All of those frost tender plants that love the summertime. Usually I just sow my pumpkins directly but I thought I would try starting some in the greenhouse too. The direct sown plants will most likely perform better than the greenhouse sown and the volunteer/ self sown pumpkins will be best of all. That's just how it goes.

The hungry gap in the garden doesn't really apply here because we can grow all winter long. If there was a hungry gap like cold climate gardeners have, then it would well and truly be over now. Everyday I have plenty to feed us and the chickens and guests too. It's a nice feeling when your efforts are rewarded in such a tasty and healthy way.

The star of the vegetable garden for early spring is always asparagus. It is coming in thick and fast. On the menu every night and sometimes on the breakfast menu too. It is so nice steamed and served with a poached egg.

To do in October
  • it's lambing time so focus is on farm jobs
  • mowing
  • mulching
  • weeding (they love the warmer weather)
  • planting out seedlings
  • sowing more seeds
  • composting
  • and lots more but I have post-holiday brain drain


Linda said...

I do so envy you the asparagus - I don't have the space for it here, even though we are in an area where it is commercially grown. My father sued to be happy if he could get a cut of it by Melbourne Cup day.

shez said...

wow Tracy i love your vegie garden.xx

Kyrstie Barcak said...

Your asparagus looks fabulous. It is one of the things I do not have in the garden. Lucky you, having a year round flourishing crop to harvest.

Rosehips and Rhubarb said...

The view of your garden across the lavender is just gorgeous.

I know what you mean about self-seeded plants -- they always seem to do better, don't they?

almostitalian said...

The asparagus look really good, something that I have never planted.

akailyardinadelaide said...

Gorgeous lavender! I have serious asparagus envy :)

Lynda D said...

Loving the lavender and i assume the bees do too. I've planted more this year to keep them happy and have them stay long enough to pollinate what's needed. I also have asparagus envy.

africanaussie said...

Oh your garden is looking so healthy. My asparagus is rather slender, but tasty. I am hoping that I didnt lose the little seedlings that I planted out before I went away but it looks like that might be the case :(>

Merryn said...

How pretty is your garden and the lavender is so inviting, it is almost friendly. Your asparagus are producing a much higher yield than mine these are great specimens :D

Joolz said...

Oh, I promise to try and get out in my garden this weekend! Its Bathurst on Sunday so weather permitting, I will weed and spread bark. Things aren't looking too bad considering the complete lack of care!

Anna Anderson said...

Wow, your asparagus looks fabulous. We have a little, but I want a LOT...! lucky you. Great seed planting too!

Helen Hung said...

Woah. Yep, like everyone else, HUGE asparagus envy. Well done!!

liz @ Strayed Table said...

mmm, asparagus. I can't wait until next year when I should get our first crop. Love your lavender too. I am hoping to get pumpkins this year after several years of disappointing results.

Tania @ Out Back said...

Your garden is looking great Tracy! There is always something to do on the farm :)