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Monday, April 6, 2015

Garden Share- April

Bee and basil
 April already. I think I marvel every month at how quickly the time flies so why should this one be any different?

I almost forgot it was Garden Share Collective day today. It's the first Monday of the month and I feel like it is Sunday. Actually I feel like there have been three Sundays this weekend.

the herb garden
 The past month the weather has played tricks. Is it autumn is it summer? And then there was the blustery winds. The minimum temperature measured on my veranda  was 8.3 degC and the maximum 39.3 degC. Yes , quite a large range. Rain for the month: 32.5mm. One of the bonuses of the warm weather is that we have had an extra honey harvest. A super filled extra quickly. I like seeing and tasting the differences in each harvest and each hive. Sometimes they are marked and sometimes barely discernible.

golden zucchini
 Harvesting:
  • pumpkin (the ones the rabbits knocked off)
  • tomatoes
  • flowers
  • potatoes
  • chillies
  • capsicum
  • cucumbers
  • eggplant
  • herbs
  • sunflowers
  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • citrus
  • zucchini
  • okra
  • and other stuff I can't think of
okra

Finger lime- Rick's red

 What I'm not harvesting yet. The pumpkins are hanging on. I have had a few that the rabbits tried to make their own. The Hubbard last night became soup and was nice but could have benefited from longer on the vine and in the sun. I wasn't wasting it though or letting the rabbits have it.

Planting: I have seedlings of brassicas to go in the ground- broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts...

My list for April is:
  • broad beans
  • beetroot
  • cabbage
  • chives
  • leafy greens
  • Asian greens
  • rocket
  • snow peas
  • peas
  • turnip
  • onion
I'm sure I've forgotten things. I'll probably have a looksee at the garden centre  for any bargains that might be suitable too.

To do:
  • blood and bone spread around to deter rabbits (have to do that this afternoon)
  • weeding
  • composting
  • planting
  • enjoy my space

 If you've read this far, you get to see the girl behind the garden. Me. Thanks to Hope for taking this picture of me while her and her sister watched me work. That's what they do mostly. That and chatter away about this and that and nothing in particular and I'm happy for their company.
The Garden Share Collective is organised by Lizzie from Strayed from the Table. There are always plenty of vegetable gardens to inspire if you would like to click on over. Or you could add your garden to the list too.

8 comments:

Kaisievic said...

Lots of lovely produce from your garden, thanks for sharing.

Lynda D said...

Oh, hello there. Nice to have a pic. Whilst im admiring your herb garden i am in awe of the background view. How beautiful. Lucky you. Down south my pumpkins are hanging around (literally over the edge of my raised beds) hoping to ripen a little more. Funny how children love to hang around but not offer to help.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Oh my--I coming for a visit-
when the Okra is ready--
I love it breaded and fried--yummy--
it is soo hard to get any here that is fresh from the garden--
enjoy--
smiles-----

Sharmayne said...

Hi Tracy, Its lovely to get to "see" you! So busy at your place with all the garden love! Looks like you also made progress for FNWF - I've only just blogged mine early this morning before I head to work!! I may have to pick your brains a bit about the bees and keeping hives depending on a few possibilities that may be happening
hugs sharm

frogpondfarm said...

How nice to be still harvesting lots of veg. My zucchini machines have just about run out of puff. Love the pic of the finger lime. Wow! I didn't know that blood & bone would deter rabbits.

Crooked Cottage said...

Oooh a finger lime tree! My boss brought in some fruit from her tree and I really want to grow one now, those little pops of lime - delicious! You have a lovely garden. I need to get better before next month and the next garden share!

liz @ Strayed Table said...

I love company in the garden, it makes weeding so much more fun, you can catch up on all the gossip. Hasn't the weather been strange. As I type it is finally cold - yes it is probably under 20'c. I too have missed out on pumpkins thanks to four legged creatures. Can't wait to stop by again next month.

Kyrstie Barcak said...

What a great list of produce you have been harvesting! I am very jealous of that gorgeous Finger Lime as my plant is still to small to produce any fruit. Have a great month in the garden.