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Garden update - June 2014

May has been unusually warm, we haven't had a proper frost, and apart from a few cold days right at the start, since then its been very warm.  This is great because our grass has continued to grow longer than usual.  In the garden, my veges are growing, and so are the weeds!  But I'm not complaining.

Finally the chokos are growing and there are so many we can't keep up.  I have been giving them away, and I've set aside a few to sprout.  We are still harvesting tromboncinos and rosellas.  And all the leafy greens have gone crazy, we have tat soi, pak choi, bok choi, kale, silver beet, mizuna and mustard leaves everywhere, most of it self-seeded.  The nasturtium has recovered, as has the chick weed, and there's still plenty of dill, parsley and chervil.  Also the first tiny brocolli (picked before they turn into flowers).

May harvest basket
chokos waiting to sprout (just leave them long enough and it will happen)
This month I set up another worm farm that was given to me, so I'm looking forward to lots more worm wee (post about setting up the worm farm coming soon).  And I set up a messy "greenhouse" for the potatoes, as they have just come up and won't tolerate frost when it finally comes.  Most of them are just left over from last year (I replanted the small ones) and a few sprouted in the cupboard, so I don't know what I'm going to get, but hoping for some more purple ones!  I really haven't done much else apart from weeding the chick weed to feed to the chickens (and some for my homemade salve).  I also planted some celery seedlings and some broadbean seeds.  The peas I planted last month are taller than me and showing no intention to flower or make any peas!

second worm farm set up
my potato "greenhouse"
chick weed before I pulled it all out for the chickens
aloe perryi flower (all about aloe here)
sweet potato patch (with some beans at well)
geranium flower
In June I think I'll just be harvesting anything that grows, and spreading all that extra worm wee around the garden.

How's your garden going?  What are your plans for June?

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  1. Hi, I think your garden looks amazing. And that geranium is just gorgeous. Beautiful colour :)

    1. I never liked geraniums before, but they seem to survive the most awful conditions and produce lovely flowers, so I let them stay in my garden :)

  2. Recently a friend gave me a white choko and I am looking forward to that sprouting, the skin is much more tender and you dont have to peel them. i havent had much success with chokos, everyone else grows them like weeds!

    1. They do seem to be quite picky, just the right temperature and water and they grow like crazy, good luck with the white one, very exciting to find an unusual vege :)

  3. I have had a choko sitting on my kitchen windowsill for two months. So far the vine is about 10 centimetres long with leaves just starting. However, I know nothing about actually growing them so any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks :)

    1. I've got a post coming up soon, but you're on the right track, you'll just have to plant it soon :)

  4. With our crazy weather down here, i have flowers and pods on pea plants that are less than a foot high. Daffodils are already 10cm above the soil so expecting an early crop. I dont know what to plant. Is it winter or not? We had two weeks of over 21 in May.

    1. haha, its tricky isn't it, to plan ahead when you don't know what the weather will do :)

  5. I love picking the broccoli at the start of broccoli season as it is one of my favourite veggies, i wait all year for it. As per usual you are busy in the garden and now with another worm farm, I think one is enough for us.

    1. I would start another one if someone offered it to me.... the worm compost has been so good in my garden!

  6. Most of my planting has been done.I'm just waiting for it all to grow but there's always space coming on for a few seeds every now and then. I've got the next two days off so I hope to get heaps of gardening done.
    Thanks for the update. Sure has been warm though I'm sure winter wont be far away.

    1. There's always just a few more seeds to plant right?

  7. I have only just gotten my peas in which may be a bit late but since I still have Beans and eggplants growing maybe not? We have lots of leafy greens and like you lots of chickweed. The chickens are really happy with all the buckets of greens they are getting at the moment.

    1. Would you believe that my chickens don't eat it? They are too spoiled!

  8. Chokoes - that much-maligned fruit! Wonderful about half-size, so sweet especially if lightly fried. Not a fan of steamed Choko. We limit the fruit by pruning the shoots which are over the path, that way we're not overwhelmed by fruit. The fruit can be juiced - I include it with other fruits and veges. Any big ones you don't want for plants can be chopped up and either composted or put back around the plant as a self-in-situ-compost.
    Worms, btw don't 'wee'. The liquid is condensate or leachate. Or made by soaking castings in filtered water. It's brilliant stuff.
    Chick weed is good to eat for us, too!
    So warm here, 1km from the eastern edge of the continent that the Fig is going into dormancy while producing new fruit. The Sugar snap Peas are climbing, have been pruned, yet continue to flower but few edible fruit so far.
    The climate change deniers are not gardeners! They would see the weird things happening to plants in their own yards if they were gardeners.

    1. Hi Elaine, yes I agree, the small chokos are sweeter, I have been trying to pick them before they get too big! I know its not really wee, but that's what everyone calls it, sounds better than leachate! Sounds like your garden is going well too, and yes, the climate is getting weirder.

  9. Thanks for the garden update. I look forward to seeing your progress.


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