The Garden Share Collective… June 2013

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.sweet peasgarlic

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.
BeetsThe 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?bokchoy
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.

What’s happening in your garden this month?


32 thoughts on “The Garden Share Collective… June 2013

  1. Gorgeous garden, Claire, love all the mulch as well! We find here in Sydney that we grow peas in winter and beans in summer. Oh, and chooks are good for snails – if you can catch them, they’ll eat them! 🙂

    1. Yeah, the problem is finding the snails. We’ve replanted everything again today and put a big net over it, hopefully that’ll keep things out.

  2. Snails, I have never had a problem with them but I am off to work now and will ask my organic garden guru from Kookaburra Organics about what he may suggest. I know that crushed eggshells around the base of the plant is good as they don’t like to go over them. Your garden looks really great for this time of year – Im really impressed.

    1. Thanks Lizzie, I’d love to hear what advice they gave you. I like the idea of egg shells, but it’d be tricky to put them around every vegetable.

      1. Clare, just checked in with the boss, coffee grounds are also great. If you don’t drink coffee like me find your local cafe and ask them for a plastic bag full to spread around the base of the plant.

      2. Oh we have plenty of coffee grounds, from J (like you, I don’t drink coffee). But it’s a great idea to collect it from a local café!

  3. hello clare, i found you thru lizzie’s garden share collective (which i missed out on this time, but hope to take part in next month). what a lovely place you have here – lovely recipes and pic and words about your garden and cooking and life. i’ve bookmarked you to come back again!

  4. What a lovely tour of your garden. Such a shame so much of what you planted was stolen! I would love to give you some advice but I’m such a novice gardener I have no idea where to start. Looking forward to seeing what you do with all the vegetables that survived xx

    1. We’ve replanted everything again, so hopefully they have a chance to grow this time.

  5. Im very jealous of your 5 spaces, the gardens all look great. Whilst we have quite a large yard the hubby won’t let me expand ours until I have proved I can maintain the one we already have 🙂

    1. We’re slowly taking over our rental house, digging up the plants one bed at a time and replanting with vegetables. Hopefully you have amazing success with your one bed and then get to plant out more!

    1. Melissa, I was devastated! But this morning we decided to have another crack at carrots and parsnip, and just chucked the seeds around the bed. This time we’ve covered it all with a net. Hopefully this will keep the birds out. I’ve never seen possums around here, but you never know.

    1. Thanks Lisa. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that more will have grown by the time we get back from our holiday.

  6. Oh! I loved this tour through your garden and have just looked at all the other blogs as well. What a GREAT idea! I manage the school kitchen garden and am off to a Growing Communities conference tomorrow so will share all this there! My school garden has just had all it’s summer crops harvested and cooked and this Wednesday we’re planting our winter crops. We have some LOVELY huge ‘Double Dazzler’ sunflowers ATM which are much loved by the little kids! At home, hmmmm. Vegetable garden is a bit neglected…but my succulents are being loved!!!! I LOVE succulents!

    1. I love sunflowers! I can’t wait to plant some out in spring. Having a school kitchen garden would be such a great experience for the kids! For some reason the one or two succulents that I’ve had have never fared very well.

    1. I’m just determined I think. We’ve had everything eaten and so we’ve just replanted and started again. It’s pretty satisfying to be able to eat what you grow.

  7. 🙁 not much happening in our garden because just like your garden a nightly raid by the slugs have demolished all our new seedlings 🙁 still have parsley powering though so tabbouleh anyone?

  8. Looks great Clare! I love your big plots. I’ve heard beer traps are good too. You get something like a soup tin and bury it so the top is level with the ground then pour in some beer. They crawl straight in and then get drunk and climb right out.

    1. That’s what I heard about them too. We have one bottle of homebrew left, so it might be worth a try!

  9. Almost certainly it would be snails that feasted on your new shoots. Beer traps work as does crushed eggshell, as suggested above. You could just put a row around your whole vege patch, not each plant.

    1. That’s a great idea! I’ve netted it all this time and I’m hoping that keeps everything out. I’ll just have to wait and see.

  10. Well Well, arent you a popular blogger today. Good for you. Like you i ventured out after a few days rain to find half my cabbages missing and the everything with little nibble out of them. So disheartening. I dusted everything and then, yes, it rained it all off. My problem is getting up in the dark and coming home in the dark and its a long time between weekends. I really wish i worked part time so i could play in the garden more and spend more time being self sufficient.

    1. Thanks Lynda, you should have a look at the Garden Collective for next month and join in! It is a really long time between weekends isn’t it!

  11. Try an iron chelate snail pellet for the snails. These will also knock off the slaters if you have them, which will also eat your seedlings. I think the brand is Multicrop. It is marketed as safe for dogs and is fine for use in an organic system. For the caterpillars, use Dipel (available from Bunnings) which is a biological control agent, also perfectly fine for an organic system. You need to mix this up and spray it on. Just don’t use it right before it rains or it doesn’t work.

    1. I think slatters may have been an issue. Sadly we’re off on our trip already, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. But will definitely give these a go when we get home.

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