Lizzie, from Strayed From The Table, contacted a few of us, foodie/gardening type bloggers, with a brilliant idea. The idea was to share our garden, once a month, the highs and the lows. It’s a link up that I was more than happy to join in on.
Our garden is a very important aspect of our new lifestyle, one that aims to be self-reliant. We plan to grow enough to sustain our vegetable needs and even trade with others for a little variety. This post shared what we had planted for the winter. Some took off, and sadly others didn’t make it.
Beetroot, silverbeet, the peas and beans will be a bumper crop throughout the cooler months. I look forward to roasted, pickled and raw beetroot. The peas and beans will be bursts of fresh in our hearty winter soups and stews. And the silver beet will be a lovely addition to breakfast, soups, stews and J’s favourite spinach, ricotta and feta pie.
The carrots, broccoli, parsnip, coriander have all been eaten, right down to the ground. I’m not sure if it was birds, snails or slugs. It made me so excited to see their shoots bursting out of the ground, then one morning, I was heartbroken to find nothing. Do you have any tips? I’d love to do something organically, something without chemicals. I have heard a beer trap is good for snails?
There are still something’s growing left over from summer. The broccoli florets are flourishing, but are covered in healthy looking green caterpillars. I’ve heard a garlic spray will get rid of them, but for the moment I’m happy to pick and wash them off.
The perennial additions to the garden, the chives and spring onion continue to thrive, and make great additions to freshen up our winter fare.
Across the 5 spaces we have designated for vegetable growing, we are growing a variety. We are yet to plant out our onions from their seed raising mix, but it will have to happen in the next few days.
There won’t be much action in our garden over the next month, but everything will keep growing, without our watchful eye, and a good dose of winter rain.