In My Garden… October 2013

We have heaps of exciting things happening in the garden at the moment, although to be honest we haven’t done very much to the garden over the last month.  Our vegetables seem to be loving the sporadic weather we’re having down here in good old Victoria, and have all started fruiting and being usable, which makes a pleasant change from the few months where all we had was the hope that everything would soon be producing.sugar snap peas mish mash garden bed broccoliWe’ve also been using our chickens as mini tractors to dig up the garden bed right next to the chook pen, which sometimes get neglected.  It’s now got wonderfully fertile soil, that we’ve just dug some compost into, and it’s sits waiting for us to return from holidays to have corn planted in.turned over garden bedWe’ve moved our potato plot into an old blue barrel (that you may remember from here, we cut up Doogle 2 as we found he was just taking too long to compost everything, you live and you learn right?), and I’m excited to see the benefits of planting potatoes in a contained environment.potato barrel

Otherwise, everything just keeps growing on.


  • get off my bum and plant for summer!  At this rate we’re going to have some very late summer crops.
  • continue to weed and water.


  • I have pumpkin seeds and chilli seeds to send away.
  • I’d love some asparagus pea seeds or some melon seeds.

Head on over to Strayed From The Table to have a look at what others are up to in their gardens this month.



26 thoughts on “In My Garden… October 2013

  1. Hi Clare,
    My favourite compost bin is the Reln worm bin, which I think is now round. If you move, you take it with you, and it is continuously producing both compost and worm juice. I’ve been toying with the idea of making something similar out of plastic buckets or rubbish bins with holes in the bottom that just go one inside another. I just throw anything in, including a fair bit of paper.

    You need to run them fairly damp, and if you want dry, friable compost, tip it out on top of a bed and dry it a bit first. That lets the worms escape, although compost worms won’t survive in garden soil alone.

    I did have a pic of my square one in my last month’s post:

    1. I love the idea of turning out second tumbler into a worm farm but J has other plans and thinks he’ll use it for another potato planter. We’ll see though. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  2. Lovely pics Clare. I have just put my corn seeds in a week or two ago and I noticed this morning that they are starting to sprout. I love home grown corn. Looking forward to seeing what you plant this month.

    1. I can’t wait to see some little shoots come up! Fingers crossed it’s soon. We’ve had some great weather for the garden, so I’ll keep my eye on it.

  3. hello from another garden share collective-r!
    it’s great to see you get creative and turn your composter into a garden container. i’ve been using growbags for under-the-ground stuff – garlic and beetroot – as my garden beds are not very deep. your blue container though is very fetching!
    ps those tractor chookies are good girls!

    1. Hi E, I love the idea of grow bags. We have pretty good soil but we find it so tricky to find potatoes when they’re all over the place under the ground, so I’m hoping this makes it a big easier 🙂 The girls did a fantastic job!

  4. I am new to garden collective and it is fun meeting a lot of new to me gardners. Your broccoli looks lovely – I wonder if you net them against cabbage moth? I have just got a tumbler for my compost and keep reading about how much trouble people have had with them. I am trying to work out a good system for collecting waste until I add it all in one go.

    1. Gillian, isn’t the Garden Share Collective great! Sadly the broccoli all bolted while we were away last week, the chickens love it but it wasn’t so good for us. We don’t net against cabbage moth, but haven’t had a problem as yet in this new position. Where they used to be, we got little bugs all over them. Interesting isn’t it. I’d love to know how you go with your tumbler!

    1. Thanks Lizzie, it’s great to be able to see everyone else tips and tricks as well! I’ll obviously keep you all posted how they go, they actually started shooting while we were away!

  5. Oh my gosh this makes me so excited! We are starting our garden next weekend – had to wait till all the frosts were over in Canberra!
    Planning on planting some corn, peas, tomatoes and cucumber to start.
    I have lots of pea seeds I can send you!!

    1. Thanks Megan, we have heaps of peas, trying to get my hands on the elusive asparagus pea… I can’t wait to see your garden! Maybe you’ll join the Garden Share Collective?

  6. Here in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, we have just picked our first batch of peas, the last of our caulies and cabbages and a good picking of baby carrots (thinning the masses)! Given away some radishes, also eaten some! What, I ask you, is better than home-grown veggies??

    1. Marlene, I really don’t think there is anything better than home grown veggies! Sounds like you had a great loot!

  7. I love that idea of reusing the barrel to plant your potatoes and would like to see how it works compared to sacks and the ground. Your beans are giving me garden envy. It’s huge!

    1. Melissa, I’m pretty happy with the sugar snap peas and the silver beet is out of control! I’ll make sure everyone knows how the potatoes are going asap!

    1. Claire, that’s awful! It’s really thriving, our mismashed garden 🙂 It’s so lovely to be able to go out and pick things to add to dinner!

  8. It’s great that the chickens can do some of the back-breaking work for you. They are such useful pets. I too need to get moving and start planting while there’s still the time to harvest during summer. Must get on with it! xx

    1. The chickens did a fantastic job! Three days and it was all cleaned up, we just turned it over and planted into it 🙂

  9. Hi Clare, it’s great to see your using your chookies to do your garden work. And that you’re repurposing your compost bin! We love finding alternative uses for unwanted stuff.

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