The Garden Share Collective {October 2014}

This months GSC post is more of a pictorial representation of the garden - the list of jobs done and jobs to do is just too long and detailed to share here, and besides, the pictures are more interesting! It's been a cracking start to spring, and while the days are hotter than they should be and the dams are dropping already we are looking ok, for now (but please don't stay long, El Nino).

We are in full seedling growing flight here at the farm - so much so that we are out of room in the hothouse and moving anything outside that is even thinking about being big enough to handle nights that are still dipping below 5 degrees C. Tomato, eggplant, watermelon, chilli, rockmelon, cucumber, zucchini, rocket, basil, parsley, pumpkin, sweet potato, potato, lettuce, sunflower...the list goes on. It's exciting, planting everything and thinking about what will be provided in the coming months - this is where our food comes from people! Little seeds, planted in the soil by someone, somewhere. I love that I'm so connected to the process now.

We've been getting our beds ready to plant our summer crops into as well, slashing down green manure crops and covering them with old black silage plastic so the plant matter rots down and feeds the soil biology - and hoping that any weed seeds will be germinated and killed too. Asparagus is popping up, enough for a sweet snack here and there. Our little pea plants are finally starting to flower - peas and beans don't seem to be my thing, I have trouble getting them to grow very well, although the broad beans are kicking now the weather is warmer. 

Our last broccoli crop for a little while has just gone in, and some more red onions too, with leeks waiting to be planted into furrows next week. Beetroot seedlings were planted, and the green manure crop of lupins and field peas is growing, to become food for our pigs whenever they arrive. Perhaps next month, there will be photos of that!

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The Garden Share Collective is a monthly collection of posts collated by Lizzie over at Strayed from the Table from gardeners across the globe, sharing their veggie patches, potted gardens and windowsill herbs…Go and check it out!

 

 “Creating a monthly community to navigate through any garden troubles and to rival in the success of a good harvest we will nurture any beginner gardener to flourish. Each month we set ourselves a few tasks to complete by the next month, this gives us a little push to getting closer to picking and harvesting. The long-term goal of the Garden Share Collective is to get more and more people gardening and growing clean food organically and sustainably.”