I have to say, I am loving these Garden Share Collective posts. They give me a monthly calendar of the veggie garden. I've just been looking back over them and it's very cool to see what it all looks like month to month!
The main thing this time is the veggie garden. It was well past its best. Lloyd and I have just spent a couple of hours totally clearing it.
Loads of dead stuff, pumpkins and squash all over the place. Just general mayhem!
Now that it's clear, I can get my head round what I'm going to plant and where. I don't work well in chaos. I need order!
A few more before and afters. Pumpkins growing all over the asparagus ferns ( which really needed cutting down)
Nice clear beds, and the pumpkin haul. Not too bad from only one crown pumpkin plant and one butternut squash.
I'm really pleased with these. I only bunged them in because I had a spare bed and didn't want to waste it.
So that was a hard graft, but it feels good to have got it done. We are enjoying an Indian Summer in Northland in NZ so we have to make the most of it.
In the greenhouse
I am still getting hundreds of tomatoes. One of the plants I planted last autumn is STILL producing tomatoes! It's the wonder plant!
These cherry tomatoes are so sweet. (Sweet 100)
There are chillies coming out of our ears. We've got about 5kg of them in the freezer. Lloyd does a stockpile then makes a gigantic batch of chilli sauce when we've picked them all.
Theres some more basil in there and a few tomato seedlings to go in as well.
This month - PLANTING
I don't do a lot of winter veggies. But this year I am going to do broad beans - always do these, and some parsnips.
I just planted a load of sweetpea seeds.
Also will collect a huge trailer load of alpaca and horse poop - put it on some of the beds - definitely the asparagus bed - then cover with a thick layer of hay. By spring it will have mulched right down and will make a weedfree ( almost! ) bed with lovely top soil!
Tomatoes, potatoes ( Agria and Maori) loads of herbs, chillies, the luffahs, globe artichokes, passion fruit, feijoas, figs, bananas, spring onions...
In the rest of the garden...
we've got flowers all over the place
Brugmansia like a detura !
Castor oil plant flowers
My swan plants are still bearing up under the onslaught of monarch caterpillars. This year has been great, so many of them have hatched! It's so cool!
This month the alpacas were all injected with their boosters, drenched, toenails trimmed and the ones that have genetic dermatitis got their cream put on. We don't do all this ourselves. The lovely Keenan from Waiheke Alpacas comes and does it - I run around like a daftie trying to catch them and generally making a fool of myself. This year one of the girls spat in my eye! That wasn't fun!
Oh and remember the elderberries from last month? Well, I did make something from them. I made 2 batches of elderberry elixir - its lovely!
Today was a good day and incredibly productive. I also cleaned out all the chicken houses and put new bedding in them.
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