The Garden Share Collective December 2014

Well, hello there December. Care to remind me exactly how we managed to miss October and November? I'm pretty sure last time I checked it was not even close to Christmas, yet here we are. I know this is a refrain being repeated all over the internet and in almost every casual convo, but with good reason - 2014 was a hard and fast one, and we are now in the countdown to the fat man sliding down the chimney...

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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).

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The Garden Share Collective August 2014

Can you feel it? That faint hint of spring, in the little sting of the midday sun, the ever so slightly lengthening days and the bud swell in deciduous trees? While most mornings we are crunching across serious frosts (and dealing with no running water until 10am due to frozen pipes and pumps), the afternoons are definitely feeling less wintery than July. Before I know it, we'll be in full Spring Garden Mode and the rows of tomatoes, eggplants and capsicums...but not just yet!

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The Garden Share Collective July 2014

I'm back onboard the GSC this month after taking a break in June. There's been lots of weeding and maintenance work - winter hasn't really reduced our workload any, the jobs are just different (and we're covered in mud, instead of sweat!). We've had many days, especially in the last two weeks, that have been grey and rainy - real winter weather with our first serious frost happening on Friday just gone. The dams are filling up and the ground is squelchy underfoot, meaning gumboots are a must. I've been ducking in and out of the garden in between poor weather, and the weeds have gotten a little out of control since up until mid June, we'd had pretty mild weather. So much so that I harvested some ripe tomatoes in the first month of winter and got to have Avo and Tomato on toast, 'in season'!

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Garden Share Collective May 2014

Bbbrrrrr! We are seriously chilling out down here in the southern states - an icy blast has left us blanketed in cloud and wintery cold winds are whipping in and shaking the autumn leaves from the trees. It feels like we skipped straight to August. It's awesome - but it has definitely spelled the end to the zucchini, tomato and capsicums. I've had a big month getting my head around the market garden, and finding a rhythm. Mornings spent weeding, planting, mulching, harvesting; afternoons closer to home. I've never slept so well.

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