New Years Garden Update.

I have been attempting to get the Vegetable(veggie ) garden going well this year. I am proud of what I have achieved so far. It is a very strange summer 40dC one day down to 17dC the next is it any wonder my garden is a bit all over the place.

I have shared before I am not a organised or brilliant gardener. My garden is very much like me. A bit all over the place, so we suit each other.

When I first began veggie growing here. I chose a north west facing area. Some thing went brilliantly for the first couple of years and than it was just to much heat and sunshine for them, So that area went when I needed to put in a new french drain.

The area I now use was begun the year I had my breakdown. Over the time since then I have got things going but generally they just had to look after themselves. Understandably a lot of things did not make it. The Onions in the wheelbarrow did as did the peach and crab apple, blueberries and hazelnuts. Some of the other fruit trees have not done very well. Though a couple like an apple I planted which has never done anything has fruited this year. .

Onions, self sown and doing OK. I am finding Acqual’egia/Columbines/Grannys bonnets, popping up all over the place and I love them. They can be a little problematic when they pop up in my little veggie beds or as in this case in the wheelbarrow. I do need to do some soil building up here and I feel that it will perhaps find a new place in the garden.

These pumpkins took quite a hit with the weather , I have given them some blood and bone and charlie carp. The new leaves are looking healthy so fingers crossed they will soon take off. My neighbours pumpkins went in later than mine and are just growing so fast. I have to admit I do have garden envy. I have another veggie gardener down the road from me. He is a gentleman almost 90 he walks every day and is out in his garden. It provides all his fruit and vegetables. I know I am not a great veggie gardener. Perhaps 2020 is my year to improve exponentially and have great harvests.

(lucky I pulled my garlic last week ) it is not my best crop of garlic but I am thankful for all I have grown.

Above These two plants I have a feeling are chilies. I planted them 2018 and they have never done anything. I have to say they are looking better this year, there is even a flower on this one. So it will be very interesting to see how they grow, and if I end up with any fruit.

Now the bed above is my three sister bed. Beans zucchini and corn. It is doing wonderfully well. The corn is an experiment for me. The beans and corn (well nearly all the corn are growing thick and solid, the beans are developing tendrils and leaves. I even have some red flowers developing on these climbing beans. I have fed them some Charlie Carp today so fingers crossed that will help them become happier. (photo underneath)

One of my blue berry bushes above. They are healthy but it is not the best crop this year. I will enjoy any I manage to get. The blackbirds have been beating me to most of my berries. Never netted them before but lost red currants and jostaberries to them.

Three sisters bed again showing the healthy beans and corns. Very happy so far with this bed.

Looks like the butternuts pumpkin is taking off, I it has more leaves all of a sudden. I am crossing everything in the hope of growing some great pumpkins this year.

Oh look one of my Ollas we are back in the 3 sisters bed. The Ollas were fantastic on the really hot day. I find them really helpful.

Above and below are two capsicum plants. Both have flowers. I am quite worried about the bottom one as it is not getting any height yet there are five flowers on it already. First time I have attempted capsicums,

Below is my zucchini I think, the labels have been blown about by the wind and the birds digging up the sugar cane looking for worms and grubs. It has begun taking off this week so I am hoping for yummy zucchinis, love them.

This poor tomato is one I accidentally broke the top off and it is finally recovering It has grown taller

Above the other tomato, oh just noticed it looks like a sunflower growing right next to it. sigh.. will have to thing about it as it would be the giant ones from last year and some of them were 9foot high with thick stems. Probably transplant is. The lettuce are picking up.

Anzac peach has so many peaches on them. I am so grateful that the super hot day did not seem to damage them. I feel that by the weekend I will be eating my own peaches. They are a white one.

My half barrels are evolving , finally the corn flowers I planted from seed are flowering. Another great flower, and makes a lovely pop of colour in a vase. Also in here are parsley which looks to have gone straight to seed. Also a small nastutium, I am hoping it is the red one, I took a cutting off last year, and vaguely recall popping it in here to see if it would grow.

Another plant I could not grow up until this year the marigold. I took a cutting from out side the local library(they have a garden, with herbs and flowers some silver beet. You can help yourself). It is flowering now and growing. The borage that you can see is tiny. Self seeded. I do hope that the seeds have spread further afield. Bees adore borage flowers and great added to salads.

I love this part of my garden, it is always a bit of a work in progress, to make it better for the birds to access the bird bath. I think I will move the salvia right next to it as it is one that grows super high and bushy. It will cut my view of the bird bath. I have lovely photos I will share of the birds, that visit my garden.

Sweet peas continue to flower and they are a favourite these ones are perfumed so beautifully I put them in my toilet. Beats artificial sprays.

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  1. Looking good and I’m so envious of your peaches. I think you’ll find (as my brother assured me) that we’re all going to lose a few things this year. Not enough rain and too hot.

    Your lettuces are looking good too – mine died or went to seed/flower.

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    1. I keep looking about my place and being so grateful, i have a full water tank and two that are over 3/4s full. I feel so much for all the folk dealing with the fires, drought loss of loved ones, homes, livelihoods I know how the fires down here have impacted out communities, in the Huon Valley, so many businesses still not caught up with losses. We were fortunate no loss of life and seven homes I think only lost. We did not have the heat that the mainland is dealing with. I know how it feels to be living in smoke and being on watch and acts ..it is very tiring and stressful. They are small but last year they were delicious. I looked out my kitchen window this evening about 6pm and saw a wattle bird munchiing away at them. I had noted someone had been nibbling, and I had put it down to a ring tail possum. but now I know. I did not chase it away, as there are enough on it for now. (oh shoot I will probably go out tomorrow and find them all nibbled now.) lol.. it was alovely bird, and it was enjoying itself.
      I hope all I loose is weight, and anger. I will always aim to be grateful even if all I have to eat is beans and rice, (hopefully with a bit of garlic salt and pepper..) and clean water.

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      1. I like to always have herbs – curly parsley, flat-leaf parsley, mint, baby spinach (died), sorrel (grows like a weed), beetroof leaves etc growing and I always have quinoa, 4 types of rice, buckwheat past etc so when the pantry gets bare and the purse empty, I can always eat rice and herbs/greens. Unfortunately chick peas are one of the few legumes I can eat without symptoms. Black beans seem to be ok too. I’ve almost given up on meat (and fish). Seems to taste weird these days. I always say a little herb garden can go a long way. I can make a salad of herbs, lemon juice & olive oil.

        BTW the sky over Melbourne sure is smoky tonight. i hope you are not near fires in your state.

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      2. wow amazing Vicki. I have sorrel red vein growing this year has not been in my garden for ages. (it is considered a weed lol) Ashame about the chick peas. It is amazing what great things you can make with very simple cost effective ingredients. So flavoursome.
        I have just been moseying about in the garden watering. We have smoke and winds here this morning quite bad and we are the other end of the state. I am in the Huon Valley. I have shut the house up its relatively cool the fan is blowing and my dogs and I are just chilling. One of my guys is so nervous about the wind. I am assuming no where near as bad as on the mainland areas. I watered as the wind will dry things out above ground.

        Do you grow sage? I do in a large pot and I love it. It is a lovely nibble lightly and gently fried in a little olive oil or butter. I will have some roasted or boiled pumpkin or sweet potato chopped up, with pasta olive oil grated cheese (if I have parmasean I use it but often it’s just a cheddar grated and I add the lovely crunch tasty sage leaves. delicous. I have thought of adding some walnuts or peacan, or even roasted peanuts, as the recipe is usually pine nuts. It is done with gnocchi where I have eaten it in a past life, Delicious and you can cook more sweet potato and keep in fridge for a very quick meal. I am not eating a lot of meat these days, and when I do it is a maximum serve of 100gms. Tazzie

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      3. Sorry, I typed that incorrectly. I CAN eat chick peas, so eat a lot of hummus – homemade or bought. I can’t eat red kidney beans and some of the other legumes. I have got canned beans and lentils in the pantry for my vegetarian friends though.
        Just bought another Sage seedling yesterday as the Harlequin bugs ate every single leaf last Summer. Had to start many herbs off afresh this Spring as the Harlequin bugs ravaged nearly every plant last Summer. Many herbs are very high in vitamins. Sorrel and Beetroot leaves are also very high in iron and other vitamins to while they can be a little bitter if cooked as a vegetable, I usually add the young leaves in my salad. I eat quite a lot of nuts and some seeds for protein. Quinoa, Buckwheat, Brown Rice, Chickpea flour, Tapioca, Coconut flour, and more recently Millet which is gluten free & the only grain which is akaline and with a chronic inflammatory health condition, I need all the akaline food I can get. Not much nutrition in Millet though. I also react badly to Potato Starch, Corn and many other ingredients in gluten-free foods from the supermarket, so I have quite an expensive diet with all these ‘alternative’ foods. I can eat egg yokes, but not egg whites, so you see, my little balcony garden is really a good way to supplement my food budget. I eat a lot of sweet potato, raw tomatoes, red capsicum, celery, zucchini, spinach & sometimes kale, although I’ve gone off kale a bit. I made a sweet potato and seed bread new recipe Thursday but it tasted disgusting. That’s the 3rd new bread recipe I’ve tried from my allergy-free book that tasted terrible. I guess my taste buds are just used to certain foods.
        Soy is off the menu too, not that I ate that much. I spend all my money on food and calcium/vitamins etc. I need the very best fresh food I can possibly afford to stay reasonably well. I love fish, but it’s expensive to get a taxi to the fresh food market, now my heart condition has deteriorated and I can’t walk up my steep hill easily to catch a bus.
        I was always a very big walker and walked everywhere, but now can’t do much and I really miss those nature walks. You are so lucky Tazzie to have your car and able to take the dogs for walks. I hope the petrol is a bit cheaper in Tasmania than the mainland. Still, I live in a lovely modern apartment and as you know I have my balcony garden with the birds visiting so I’m lucky in that.

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      4. Oh Vicki so frustrating to have so many changes especially in that you can not get fresh fish. Glad you can eat chick peas. As you say such tasty things you can make from them. I too have nuts and seeds. I too eat lots of sweet potato grated in coleslae, as chips cooked and mashed. yum. I grow ammaranth for it is so pretty. Oh shame about the bread experience. petrol where I am is $1.54 a litre for the cheapest. it has been that price for ages. it did not go up before Christmas or holidays time.

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    1. thank You I really appreciate peoples comments on my garden it is good to see it through others eyes. I see it as such a work in progress. Yet I enjoy being in it and getting my hands in the soil (I miss typed there and wrote soul and for me the soil is like the soul, I get earthed).

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      1. Work in progress is the phrase as it is an ongoing process. So rewarding though and grounding, being connected to the earth. I did write a post about the science of grounding once before and it’s amazing what benefits we can reap. Hugs

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  2. You have such a beautiful garden and so many varieties of food. I adore the peaches, they must be so tasteful. We’ve managed to grow chilies and we have some many of them.
    My father in-law has his courgettes and pumpkins, when they take off there is no stopping them. But our garlic was no succes at all, yours looks very good!

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    1. the peaches I am eating at the moment are from a local orchard and devine. (sorry ) Mine are almost ready and it is perfect timing as I will be out of the peaches I purchase tonight. What do you do with your chilies? I love the way the courgetters(zucchini) and pumpkins go rampant. One day you are thinking they are never going to take off, and then woah. Such a shame about your garlic. I was disappointed as it was smaller than what I have grown in the past. I am grateful to have any at all for free.

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      1. What do you do with all your courgettes and pumpkins? That can be a challenge too when they take off! I dry the chilies and also freeze them. I put always one in spaghetti sauce, them I put some flakes in olive oil and let that sit in a bottle to have ‘oil pikanti’. Also always one in the courgette soup. Penne Arrabiata or marinara sauce is also with chilies. Then we give some away to neighbors, family or friends 🙂 It can be fun to exchange some recipes for some ingredients that you have a lot of 🙂

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      2. I am not the worlds best gardener these days, and I am really only just getting back into it. I bottle tomatoes, and make green pickles. Oh I live the chili oil oil pikanti idea. Yes down here there are generally courgettes available. I grate them and add them to all sort of dishes, and have them lightly pan fried. Pumpkins I make soup and pasta I will roast it with and mash it thicker than a puree. Oh I do hope I get my own chilies.

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