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A Garden Update

May 16, 2009

It was so cold & blustery outside today, but I hadn’t visited the garden for a few days so I thought I had better pay it a visit. So this afternoon the sun was coming & going between the clouds, so this would be a good a time as any to go outside.

There few a few tomatoes hanging on the vines still, but I think I am going to have to pull them out soon. Once they are close to ripening the wet weather quickly rots them and I end up throwing them onto the compost. A not-so-wonderful end for the last veggie of Summer in the garden. So it’s time for the Winter veggies to have their turn in the (low gloomy Winter) limelight.

Broadbean shoot

I sowed these broadbeans about 3 weeks ago from memory, and they have just shown up in the last few days. I guess it’s the cold that has delayed their germination, but I seem to be getting very good germination rates so I don’t really mind. I would have planted them sooner but I had Golden Nugget pumpkins here that just refused to die back like they were supposed to, and I didn’t want to damage the pumpkins by pulling them out prematurely. I’ve never grown these before so I’m interested to see if I’m going to need to stake them or not.

Pea blossom

My plan for an Autumn crop of peas is coming along nicely, with the first flowers appearing this week. Here’s hoping I get some pollination & some yummy peas in the next few weeks!

Carrots freshly pulled

I had sown a small row of carrots before I planted the cabbage seedlings (in top left corner of the photo), and, being my usual impatient self, I just planted the cabbage seedlings on top because I didn’t want to have to wait for another area of the garden to free up. But it has worked out okay as an accidental catch crop, because now that the cabbage leaves have almost started to cover the space in between each plant, the carrots are just about ready. Well, for baby carrots anyway! I have a few in there still, so the next lot I pull will hopefully be a bit bigger. I have 2 rows that are 4 weeks old also, and my last sowing (2 rows each of St Valery and Mini Round) have sprouted this week. I am determined not to run out of carrots before Summer this time!

Parsnips & carrots

Out of sheer curiosity (and also because I am terribly impatient) I pulled two parnips as well. These were sown on the 28th of January, and I was very surprised at the time because they had all germinated after only 9 days. Covering them with plastic & onion bags really works, and have used it for my carrot seeds with great success too. So these ‘snips are about 3 months old now & still probably need another 3 months! They are cool though! I’m going to grate them up along with the carrots & make some veggie fritters. It will be my first time eating parsnips so I hope I like them!!

Parsnip leaves

Here’s a photo of the parsnip leaves, which was another thing that was a mystery to me when I first started growing them. They are a bit like flat leaved parsley, but several times larger, and the stem bases wrap around the newer middle leaves – you can see this a bit in the other photo. It’s kind of cool. Carrots do this too but because the stems are narrower it’s less noticeable.

Turnips

Also eagerly awaiting my first turnip!! This is the biggest one, I might roast it, or make some soup with the winter squashes I still have. Such excitement!

That’s it for now – I’ll see what the weather’s like tomorrow after work, I might pull out the tomato plants & spread out a load of manure & coffee grounds. Seems like a long time until its going to be Summer again!

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Garden Update

January 28, 2009

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I can’t remember when last I did a garden update, but I guess I should do one now since we are pretty much at the height of summer down here in Hobart. Even though the days are getting shorter, the temperatures are getting higher and we are getting up to the low 30’s for the first time this summer. You can see in the photo above, the corn are starting to ‘set fruit’ (is there a technical name for that with corn plants??), the tomatoes are huge and the onions (bottom corner of the bed) are almost ready to dig up. Under the chicken wire (where the little terracotta pots are) there is some late-planted lettuce (before it was so hot) that will hopefully give me something to harvest before it bolts. And in between all that are some snapdragons that accidentally grew there (don’t ask…).  And here’s the other bed:

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Celery all going to seed (I ate as much of it as I could….), mini pumpkins (you can see one poking up over the wood), raspberries behind the nets (still producing a few every day) and you can see a tiny bit or purple in the middle of the bed, under that I sowed some parsnip seeds. I did my research and found out that they take up to 28 days to to germinate, and optimal germination temperature is 18 degrees Celsius. So I’ve sowed them into warm soil & to keep in the moisture I put a few layers of onion bags held down with wood. I have had it there for about a week & there is a few things sprouting, but I don’t know if they’re parsnips or weeds! I might have to take the onion bags off tomorrow to let them develop a bit before pulling them out (if they’re weeds).

seedlings

Speaking of seedlings, I am already planning my winter veggies. These are broccoli seedlings, they sprouted after only 4 days! That’s a record for me. Also around the same time, the Cauliflowers came up, and brussels sprouts. Still waiting for the cabbage to come up though. these will only be ready to put in the ground in about 6 weeks, it will be March by then!! They need another 6 weeks or so to build up a good framework of leaves. Then the cool weather will be here when they want to grow their ‘heads’. 🙂

tomatoes

The warm weather ha definitely helped my tomatos, I had a problem with the blossoms dropping off before setting any fruit. I think it was due to the cool weather but I haven’t looked it up. But I have managed to harvest one determined Roma-type tomato, as well as some beans & a bit of usable celery:

harvest

I had the tomato in my salad for dinner tonight & it was so delicous!! There’s nothing like the first tomato of the season. That’s all for now!