gardening in our sub-tropical climate, so if you're wondering about the huge shade structure, that's for protecting the garden during our hot, humid summers. At the moment though, the garden is full of brassicas, which grow best here in winter, and are suitably frost-proof. The garden is about 12 m long by 5 m wide, and surrounded in chicken mesh to keep out the chickens and the bandicoots. The garden has spilled out around the edges though, and into chicken territory.
|a view down the length of the garden|
|chickens plotting their next attack|
|the garden (I need to tidy up!)|
Bed 2: is mostly self-seeded brassicas (various asian greens, mustard, kale), also self-seeded parsley, dill, lettuce, some chilli bushes that just won't die, galangal (why did I plant it there?) and an unexpected potato plant. And a giant nasturtium plant, that is enthusiastically trying to smother everything else, and needs regular trims. Also garlic that didn't do much last year, so I just left it there and it regrew, we will see if it improves this season!
Bed 3: at one end is more self-seeded parsley. And some onions that I tried to grow over summer. And some leftover beetroot. Also some kale bushes that are still growing from last winter! And in the middle is a bit of a disaster because I used mulch from the pen in which we raised some baby chicks, and they didn't eat all their grain, so I have a lovely crop of wheat growing, with a few brassicas in amongst it. I can't decide whether to weed it out or leave it as an accidental green manure crop.
Along the back: sweet potato is growing well and I'm not sure when to harvest it, I'm just keeping an eye on it to see how it likes the frost. I also have blackberries and raspberries, can't wait for their first fruiting season this coming summer! I also have chicken health herbs - wormwood, tansy and rue. And lots of arrowroot for shade in summer, which should die back in the frost, I also cut most of it to go into the compost, along with the comfrey. I have one surviving paw paw tree, which always flowers but never quite gets a chance to grow any fruit before it dies back in the frost! And some lavender.
In pots: I keep most of my herbs in pots, so they can't escape and take over! I have mint, peppermint, oregano, thyme, winter tarragon, lemon grass, ginger, turmeric, sage and yarrow. I use most of these to make my own herbal teas, as well as in cooking. I also have soapwort (for making detergent). I am looking forward to collecting more herbs in our next bigger garden. I also have a dwarf lime and a dwarf lemon in pots. They are fruiting ok, but I think they will do better when I can plant them out in the dirt.
|a sample harvest basket|
|tromboncino nearly ready to harvest for seed|
How is your garden going? What are you harvesting and what are your plans for the month?