Welcome to all the new readers and hello again to my faithful long-term readers. I’ve decided to join the Garden Share Collective as a way to track the progress we are making in our garden and as a way to motivate us to get out there and make the most of the our backyard.
We have been gardening for 6 years now, and learnt many lessons along the way. The garden is based on permaculture ideas and we use organic methods and inputs. We try as much as possible to use open-pollinated, heirloom seeds. Around the perimeter of the garden is planted out with natives to attract wildlife and provide a wind break.
We have four beds for vegetables, where we practice no-dig gardening. At present, Bed 1 is mostly fallow with some self-sown parsley and Queen Anne’s Lace.
Bed 2 has some broccoli seedlings, cauliflower and kale from Northey Street.
Bed 3 has some Egyptian spinach which is not doing anything. It was recommended to us from Annette McFarlane in a talk at the Queensland Plant Expo.
Bed 4 is doing the best, but we aren’t exactly sure what we have planted. The seedlings were gifted to us from Matt’s Mum, and we think they are either purple cauliflower, broccoli or kale – they are a brassica of some kind! We also have two lots of heirloom beans which all came up.
We have about 11 herbs in pots, and 19 fruit trees and vines in big pots which we are gradually putting into the ground. Matt planted our two free plants from the Brisbane City Council along the fence line. They were both Buckinghamia Celsissima (above) and they have the most interesting shaped leaves. Matt also planted into the ground a sea grape, peanut tree and a pomegranate.
There is lots of new growth on the lillypillies and black sapote.
Highlights from the month
We recently pulled up all of our tumeric plants to harvest them and got a bumper crop. We got lots of inspiration and ideas from The Queensland Garden Expo and the highlight was meeting Costa. With some recommendations from Jerry I wrote about Plants for honey bees.
I was fortunate to interview Marion Grasby and also Ian Hemphill, Herbie’s Spices.
To do list
I must confess I’m not very good at planning the garden month to month, so this month is just going to be to plant in some more fruit trees into the ground and plant some seeds in the two empty beds. I’m also hoping to attend one of the free tours on a Tuesday at Northey Street City Farm.
I’ll be happy if I keep better records and I hope blogging for the Garden Share Collective will motive me to do just that.
Post for the Garden Share Collective challenge hosted by Stayed Table.