|I'm only watering this half of the garden this summer|
Here's a few garden posts from 2015
Is it winter yet? Cold weather preps
Guest post: Is there a place for power tools in the garden
Perennial vegetables and permaculture
Are you saving seeds?
Three essential principles of organic gardening
What you need to know about soil
Weird vegetables in my sub-tropical garden
I'm still getting used to our sub-tropical climate. Last Spring/Summer we didn't get rain until right at the end of summer. I had ambitiously planted out the whole garden and we really didn't have enough water to keep everything alive (we don't have townwater, only rainwater collected in three large tanks, we only water the garden with greywater from shower and washing machine, unless the rainwater tanks are completely full, I don't want to have to buy townwater to fill the tanks if we run out! If it doesn't rain, we start to use up the water in the tanks and then we don't want to waste it on anything, including the garden,unfortunately that's when the garden really needs the water too). I gradually had to make sacrifices and the watered area got smaller and smaller.
This year I decided early on that I would only be watering one end of the garden (two beds and bits around the outside) and the rest would fend for itself. I put a cover crop of mustard and mung beans into one bed and left the other one as it was full of self-seeding broccoli. This year is has rained pretty consistently. I probably could have planted more, but at least the cover crop is doing well! The plants that I got established in August and September (button squash and bush beans) are producing already, and a few I put in later (eggplant, capsicum, rosella, climbing beans) are now growing well along with tomatoes and random curcubits that have sprouted from the worm farm compost.
|my 'sunken' herb garden|
|more herbs over here|
|and more here|
Here's all the herbs that I profiled last year, and if you click here you'll find all the them since I started.
How I use herbs - lavender
How I use herbs - Lucerne (Alfalfa)
How I use herbs - Chervil
How I use herbs - Arrowroot
How I use herbs - yarrow
How I use herbs - Brahmi
How I use herbs - Neem oil
How I use herbs - Rue, tansy and wormwood
How I use herbs - chickweed
How I use herbs - purslane
How I use herbs - Herb Robert
Do you find my garden posts useful? Any questions about how I grow vegetables and our sub-tropical climate?