Wednesday, December 11, 2013

What I wrote about my garden in 2013

Its been other big year in the garden, I've learnt through trial and error and I think I'm starting to get better and growing our veges.

geramium
The main thing I have had to work on is understanding our climate and figuring out what to grow when. I wrote about our climate here, but if you don't want to read all the details, here's a summary:
  • November-March is hot and humid, with storms and the occasional trough or low if we're lucky 
  • March-May starts to cool down, still a chance of rain 
  • May-August is cold, frost overnight and chance of rain, and plenty of woodstove 
  • August-November warms up and dries out 
So you can see why it can be a challenge to grow things! Its not that veges don't grow, its just that they don't grow when you expect them too. Permaculture has been a great help though. I have let many things go to seed and when they sprout again at a time that suits them, I can see when its a good time to grow. This year I found out that tomatoes sprouting out of the compost can grow all through the winter frost, but then died off when the weather was dry for a few weeks!

This year I organised a few series of guests posts on "getting started" and the first one was about growing veges. It was lots of fun reading about the difference gardening styles from lots of different bloggers.

Linda of Witch's Kitchen

Gavin of the Greening of Gavin

Ohio Farmgirl from Adventures in the Goodland

Emma from Craving Fresh

Tanya of Lovely Greens

and myself

I've been really happy with my worm farm, so if you're still not convinced, here's a few posts to get you interested....

Composting can be simple!

I'm a worm farmer!

Compost and weed tea

Worm farm compost

Worm farm maintenance

worm farm goodies!
The other thing I really enjoy is saving seeds, although I do sprinkly them aroung the garden as well! Here's a few of my tips:

Saving seeds

Growing from seeds

Planting seeds or seedlings?

Tips for starting vegetables from seeds

I have grown some odd veges, here's a few things I learnt:

Growing root vegetables

Tromboncino!

Jerusalem artichoke

Green onions, spring onions or shallots or…? 


self-seeded marigold
And since July I've been joining in with the Garden Share Collective each month to share my garden progress and I've enjoyed checking out all the gardens of all the other bloggers who participate.

How did your garden grow in 2013? What did you learn? And what are you hoping to do better in 2014?

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4 comments:

  1. I always enjoy your posts, and my year could read the same, except for a little bit longer rainy season and no heating required in the winter! I am going away over Christmas so I am afraid the garden is having to fend for itself. I notice already the weeds and bugs are having a field day!

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  2. I've just put in a big order of seeds so hoping our veggie patch flourishes into the new year! I just want to learn more! And spend more time in the garden with my little girls because they absolutely love it! :)

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  3. Have loved all your veggie posts this year. I really like the way you tell people how to start from the beginning, it has helped me to explain things better to farmstayers wanting to start a garden because once you get established you forget all the stuff you didn't know that you have to teach them first.
    I am so excited about next year as I have just purchased a shade house and hot house . I plan to sell seedlings to our farm stay guests and at markets to supplement the farm income.

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  4. Thanks for your comments, glad I can help inspire some more vege gardening!

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