Friday, 31 October 2014

October in the Vegetable Garden



October has been a month of change for the vegetable garden. Lots of finished plants have been removed and the soil has been filled with sheep and chook manure and compost from our garden. It's pretty exciting planning the veggies that will be ready in the summer. It's been a year since we moved to Melbourne and so our vegetable garden is coming up to its first birthday. Watching the cycle of it brings Elijah and I so much joy. He said to me this week "Mummy we're planting the tomatoes so they'll be ready in the summer! Is it summer yet?" Of course he got that little phrase from one of our favourite books by Nikki McClure. It inspires me to keep going with it even just for all the great learning opportunities for us all - not to mention the delicious produce! The beetroots were a bit of a disappointment - quite small and woody (I think the seed was old), and carrots still remain a great success and favourite of the kids. We've been having freshly picked herbal tea every day, kale chips regularly, broad bean falafel and dip and eating the peas before they even get inside. So excited to see the big growth and change that happens over the next month.



At the moment we have growing but not ready to harvest:
: : Tomatoes
: : Capsicum
: : Eggplant
: : Yellow Zucchini
: : Zucchini tromboncino
: : Butternuts
: : Lebanese Cucumbers
: : Garlic
: : Nasturtium
: : Purple climbing beans
: : Rocket
: : Crispmint Lettuce
: : Echinacea
: : Radish
: : Basil
: : Malabar climbing spinach

In the ground but not yet germinated:
: : Sunflowers
: : Parsnip
: : Heirloom carrots
: : Crookneck Pumpkins

Harvesting:
: : Chamomile
: : Confetti Coriander
: : Parsley
: : Peppermint
: : Lemon Balm
: : Lemon Thyme
: : Sage
: : Kale
: : Chives
: : Silverbeet
: : Spinach
: : Calendula
: : Chickweed
: : Celery
: : Broad beans
: : Sugar snap peas

We've finished off and pulled out:
: : Beetroot
: : Purple Dragon Carrots
: : Cavallo Nero
: : Purple Sprouting Broccoli
: : Rocket










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