Ooooh….the spring gardens a-growing

We will have food again! Not that we haven’t been eating but the preserved stuff has dwindled and I have had to buy things I really hoped not to. All my frozen tomatoes and sauces and stuff finished about a month ago, also the pickled onions and beetroot. I have been buying potatoes for over 2 months and carrots, onions etc. All my dried fruit ran out months ago! We hoped to learn from last summer and we did – we did not preserve enough. I think we have about 6 jars of preserved fruit left, 4 jars of chutney…a little bit of preserved vegetables. We have 2 pumpkins left!

We are back to eating fresh from the garden though, the glasshouse has been providing salad greens, baby carrots, baby spinach and there are radish, silverbeet (chard), mustard, asparagus, broccoli and lots of herbs ready in the garden. Beetroot (beet) and broad beans (edame I think?) are not far away. Tons of onion, red onion, lettuce, carrot, beet, beans and leeks have been sown.

10 kg of seed potatoes have been planted.

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The raspberries are thriving! in the background are blackberries doing well but later in fruiting.

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Onions and garlic in the foreground which are just wee, raspberries and the grapes around the house have wee bunches forming…these are only 3 year old plants and last year we only got tiny inedible fruit.Image

Blackcurrants are flowering πŸ™‚

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Boysenberries flowering! Our first.Image

And ta-da! We have apricots! We have planted numerous self seeded fruit trees around the place and this has taken a bit longer than the others…we had no idea what it was – peach, nectarine, apricot? We both hoped for an apricot and just found these, 2 apricot. Enough for a taste but next year it will be good!

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And tomatoes and zucchini planted under an erected shade-cloth shelter because we need these as soon as possible. We have 3 flowering plants in the glasshouse.

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And this is a fig tree cutting, just starting to bud. These are done from prunings just put in the ground under the mother tree, There are 10 of these, Roger wanted to try this and they have grown easily this way…but we have no use (certainly no room!) for 10 fig trees. We do have friends however, maybe they will be given fig trees for Xmas πŸ™‚

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This year our pumpkins are going to be grown across the only piece of lawn left in the back yard, close to the house so an area has been dug up and lots of organic matter been thrown on ready for them shortly. I am now going to have to vie with pumpkins for a sunbathing place. Our quarter acre section will be full and Roger still told me last night, as he does every year “I have run out of room”. The only way from here is up!

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37 thoughts on “Ooooh….the spring gardens a-growing

  1. An awesome example of fecundity you two :). LOVE that you are growing so much and am very envious of your spud patch as there are so many rocks in our soil I would get a better harvest of rocks than I would spuds (“baked rocks anyone?”…). I get very excited when I see what other people have been up to in their gardens and “up” seems to be the imperitive here. Next you need to make some vertical walls to plant veggies in and grow in pallets or maybe just train things up rather than along. So many ways to grow food and I love most of them πŸ™‚

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    • FECUNDITY? I will have to look that one up Narf! lol

      Spuds have gone in here in every new part of the garden first. Great to break up soil and just throwing pea straw and leaves etc on means great soil there the following season. When they come out something else will be planted there. We are fortunate not to have rocky land but quite sandy.

      Yes, we do need vertical walls but Roger has been slow to embrace this way, NOW he will have to πŸ™‚

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  2. Oh, I LOVE the fig cuttings by the way. I didn’t realise that they were that easy to grow that way. I got some from an old neglected fig tree whose branches had been pinned to the ground by weeds and that had started to grow roots so I guess I really should have gotten the idea from that but sometimes it just takes amazing gardeners to share their experiments to teach us all. Cheers for the share and kudos to Roger. I have 4 fig trees which are nowhere NEAR enough for this fig hog. They are only tiny at the moment but if I can grow a fig grove… think of the possibilities! Forget date paste, I see fig paste, homegrown in my 10 year plan πŸ™‚

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    • Sadly we only have room for one fig tree, I would love more. Fig paste sounds divine!

      I would love to remove some of our boundary trees and put fig trees etc in there but over winter we wouldn’t get the privacy we like…a shame really because we could grow so much more.

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  3. anthonypickering says:

    Is it time to think about what you can grow over winter to help keep the food supply up? I am putting in a hot house this year. You can poly tunnel pretty cheaply these days.

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    • Yes, absolutely. Roger just built our glasshouse 4 months ago out of need and another larger one is going in down the bottom garden (both out of recycled windows) Unfortunately our chooks all got out one day and decimated all that we had in the raised garden for winter….we learn, and sometimes the hard way!

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  4. Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous and leaving me green with envy. I must learn patience as I know it takes time to establish gardens such as you have.
    I wish I was loal enough to snaffle up one of your fig trees but knowing now how easily they grow from cuttings I shall be cruising around town in my little ‘bus’ looking for a fig tree to ‘prune’. πŸ˜‰ I’d love to have it growing in my chook pen. Shade and food all in one. πŸ˜€

    How wonderful that you’ve lived from your garden for so long too. I know we’ll be in brocoli for a little while yet (blanched and frozen) and I still have bottled fruit and such, plus canned stock and meat in the pantry but none of the fruits were grown here. Still, far better to buy bulk and preserve than buy from the supermarkets I guess.

    Wow, 10kg of seed potatoes. Have you ever let them go to seed and saved the seeds to plant? Then you get your own genetic variety (maybe not so very different) that is best suited to your climate and no need to purchase or save large quantities of seed potatoes. πŸ™‚ http://www.motherearthnews.com/Editorial/Blogs/Organic%20Gardening/Landrace%20Gardening%20True%20Potato%20Seeds.aspx#axzz2iaD5S281

    Fecund is one of my favourite words! Your gardens are most definitely fecund! πŸ™‚

    As for what you achieve on 1/4 acre, I am in awe! πŸ˜€

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    • You are in awe? I’m in awe of anyone owning a clothesline lol. Mine got ripped down one summer(to extend the garden) a lonnnnggg time ago and we bought an extendable one that STILL hasn’t gone up!! Thank you for lovely comments:)
      Fecund, I did a search and that appears an appropriate word πŸ™‚
      We have used our own seed potatoes but not this year. We gave alot of potatoes away but our second and third crops got the physilid (sp) bug, hence the large early crop before the warm weather this year and bought seed potatoes. That hurt too, they aren’t cheap!
      I have images of you prowling the neighbourhood at night in cat burglar attire, searching for a fig tree πŸ™‚

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  5. Your gardens look beautiful and productive! Your place looks a lot bigger than just 1/4 acre..you have a working farm…and a pretty one at that I might say—yum:-)

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  6. That sounded funny, long day, I am tired…:-) It is amazing how you have fit SO many things on just a 1/4 acre! We are starting fall/winter here and I will enjoy stopping by and seeing your beautiful garden:-)

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    • I understood it lol. Mind you I have just got home at 11.30 pm from a long day at work…maybe we just speak the same language when tired πŸ™‚ I was very envious of everyone showing their spring/summer gardens when we were going through Autumn / Winter….it just didn’t seem fair πŸ™‚

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  7. RT says:

    It’s fun to watch how your garden grows while mine is put to bed for the winter. (I didn’t try winter crops this year). You’ve accomplished a lot in your seven years there!

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  8. We just finally had a killing frost two nights ago, putting most of our garden to bed for the winter. We still have some potatoes and carrots to dig up – and we haven’t harvested the Brussels sprouts yet, but the rest is done. Enjoy your upcoming garden season!

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  9. Beautiful! Hard to believe you have fruit setting already. What a difference a little latitude makes . . .

    You are right, though, ‘up’ is the way to go . . .

    Could you plant fruit trees in front of your privacy trees, then espalier them along wires (like grapes)?

    Love your back porch!! Nice to have a place to sit and admire the garden πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Linne πŸ™‚
      We have planted berries down one side of the property in front of the trees, down the other gets no sun at all and we are going to try and squeeze a driveway in as ours got ripped up for garden. But we possibly could up the front. I desperately was a persimmon tree but they are hard to get in this area without sending away for one.

      Isn’t the porch pretty πŸ™‚ Yes, it’s lovely sitting there and will be really nice with the grapes hanging all around it.

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