The past month has been a super slow one on the garden front, for a few reasons. We've had a lot cooler weather, meaning the zucchinis, tomatoes and other frost sensitive plants have mostly packed up for the season, with the odd bucket of tomatoes to be had here and there. The eggplants are still producing, as are the capsicums - the mice are getting them before we are mostly so we've started to pull a wheelbarrow load each day to toss to our pigs (who are loving it, of course!).
We've had a few Violet Sicilian Cauliflowers to harvest, although there's plenty of Cabbage White Butterfly around and they need a good picking over before cooking to make sure there are no surprise green grubs on the dinner plate. The baby carrots are growing slowly, and providing a tasty little snack each time I'm watering seedlings. The luffa plants are still climbing, as they are in a more sheltered part of the garden - I'm going to cut the fruit off and hang it to dry very soon. I'm really excited to have our own Loofahs for cleaning.
The chilli plants have been a huge success, and I'm thinking more chilli sauce is in order. There's quinces to pick and kale coming on and leeks that are ready too. We lifted two trailer loads of pumpkins (along with the final watermelons), and a wheelbarrow of Sweet Potato, with half the plants still to come out - the Beauregards have done super well, but the white and purple varieties not so much. I don't think our temperate weather is quite hot and humid enough. I've also taken cuttings of Rosemary, Lavender and Curry Plant in the last month, which seem to be doing quite well.
Which leads me to the other reason there's been less to do in the garden...after much deliberation, we've decided it's time to say goodbye to our lovely little life here on the farm (if you're a Subscriber or you listened to the conversation I had with Brooke recently, this won't be news to you!). Like Lizzie, the next step is calling - we'd love to find a place of our own to grow this life on and long to be selling our produce. This opportunity has been a fantastic learning curve and a perfect stepping stone out of our old life and into our new one, and as tempting as it is to stay safe and cosy in the familiar, that's not really how we've ever lived our lives and it's not getting us closer to our dream. Sometime in the next month or so, we'll be packing up once again, back to our city home to tie up loose ends and pick our next move. Happy/Sad, you know? While this will probably be my last GSC post from our Market Garden, I will be back with the next chapter - you can be sure of that!
So, the To Do list is basically this - get all the finished crops out and fed to the pigs and put the market garden to sleep. There will remain the 11 000 garlic plants and a row of leeks and Brassicas, but otherwise we're just letting it go (and the weeds are wasting no time moving back in). We will be moving some chookies in to clean up the fallen fruit and look after any bugs...but otherwise, it's a pretty quiet time.
Still, I shall miss this place, especially the chooks, the pigs and the sunsets - and I'm super grateful that I have the past years worth of blog posts to look back on.
PS. Did you see that this week I sent a beautiful new gift to my Subscriber list? My friend Mon from MB Captured and I collaborated on a Growing Guide, of the simple kind. It's printable up to A3 size, and useful without being overwhelming.
If you want your own copy, enter your email in the sign up box below or head over here. I'd love to know what you think!
The Garden Share Collective is a group of bloggers who share their vegetable patches, container gardens and the herbs they grow on their window sills. 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.