Posts Tagged ‘summer’

December and January, in which my garden is left to fend for itself

Firstly sorry to the readers and to Lizzie from the Garden Share Collective for my tardiness in writing this post. We have been on a wonderful holiday, driving across Australia for Christmas and my Mum’s 70th birthday celebrations. December’s deadline passed in frantic preparations, and January was spent away. I did, however get to take some quick photos of the garden before I left, and photos from the same angle after we returned.
Do you know those days or weeks when you spend time in the garden and look back at the end of it and think “You can’t even see where I’ve been!”? Well, I now know what happens if you don’t do the jobs, and I won’t be fooled again. The kids were great when we got back from the trip, spending a day helping unpack, but also tying tomatoes, weeding, pruning and generally de-jungling the veggie patch. (Un-jungling, perhaps?)
The other blessing was wonderful friends and neighbours who kept the watering going, and hopefully enjoyed the eggs and fruit.
PICKING
At the moment I am picking zucchini (nine huge ones when I returned), bok choy, radish, mizuna, squash, onions, and cabbage. I’m also picking some Brussels sprouts, but they are so aphid challenged that I haven’t brought myself to eat any yet.

2015/01/img_1447.jpg
On the fruit front I picked the very last apricots (we missed almost all of them while on holidays), gooseberries (the gooseberry sauce I made was great with duck), and citrus. Here is the Aunty Collector, collecting gooseberries instead.

2015/01/img_1444.jpg

Before we left we enjoyed kilos of raspberries, cherries and blackberries, and I’ve frozen a lot of them.

2015/01/img_1406.jpg
PLANTING
I have planted more beans (the rabbits enjoyed the last seedlings), and more carrots, having read an article on how much chemical goes onto a commercial carrot.
TO DO
I’ve read that I should be pruning my cherry and apricot trees at this time of year, so I’d like to do that this weekend, as well as clean out some things that are finished, like the last few cabbages. We also need to net the pear trees. Sadly it is too late for the apples. Parrots came and took the lot while we were away, according to the neighbours.
Finally here are some before and after shots of various garden beds.
Enjoy! (and let this be a lesson to us all)

Tomato beds before and after

2015/01/img_1412-0.jpg

2015/01/img_1438-0.jpg

Asparagus, before and after

2015/01/img_1411.jpg

2015/01/img_1437.jpg
Onions, before and after, with tomatoes to the right

2015/01/img_1413.jpg

2015/01/img_1439.jpg

The pumpkin patch, with view which remains beautiful with no work from me!

2015/01/img_1414.jpg

2015/01/img_1440.jpg
Zucchinis, before and the aftermath

2015/01/img_1418.jpg

2015/01/img_1441.jpg
Corn, before only

2015/01/img_1420.jpg

Tomatillos, no before photo sorry

2015/01/img_1443.jpg

Capsicums and eggplants, before and after

2015/01/img_1419.jpg

2015/01/img_1445.jpg

The herb garden, after

2015/01/img_1446.jpg
Cucumbers, before

2015/01/img_1423.jpg

Advertisements