What's in your vegie patch?

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Heidi
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What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Heidi » Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:42 pm

Okay,
The family spent the last two weekends preparing and planting out our vegie garden, which measures 6mx20m.
We now have:
12 broccolli seedlings
12 cauli seedlings
6 cabbage seedlings
6 lettuce seedlings
12 snowpea seedlings
3 zuchinni seedlings

The rest of the garden is going to be planted out with corn seed when the weather warms up in Spring.

The passionfruit vine is overflowing with passionfruit, and I freeze about a dozen every other day, into a muffin tray, then put them in ziplock bags.

We also harvested all the sweet potato that has been in the ground for a long time, and last night I parboiled, peeled, vacuum sealed and froze 7kg of it! Still more to go, but I'll freeze it into a mash.

What's is everybody else putting in?
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Mojojo » Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:14 pm

4 sugar snap seedlings, about 40cm high now,
4 snow pea seedlings about the same,
lots of rocket coming up, thinned them out this week, the thinnings are delicious too.
8 rainbow chards nearly ready for harvesting, been pinching the odd leaves off them,
one really big healthy Mizuna plant thats giving me plenty of salad leaves at the moment,
and some beetroot, sown a bit late - seedlings about 10cm high now - but will see how it goes.

I envy your passionfruit Heidi! mmm. Passionfruit iced vanilla slice.... *drools*
:shock: what a lot of sweet potato. Wonder if it would make a nice pie like a pumpkin pie.
~ Jo
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Shadowgirlau » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:14 am

How wonderful both of you (Heidi & Jo)

My garden currently consists of - cauliflower x 4, silver beet x 6, two rows each of carrots, parsnips, swede, 2 kale, 4 cabbages
also a bed of strawberries which for some strange reason are still producing, the remaining beds are in limbo for now.
The beds are raised measuring 2400 x1500 approx. A couple are not as wide as that.

I am in the process of preparing the beds for the next growing season. Once I dig in the green manures on the resting beds I intend covering them over with clear plastic to make a growing tunnel so I can start summer seedlings off earlier. Will be this years experiment as I found last year it stayed cold for so long that the growing season wasn't long enough for the tomatoes and in particular the pumpkins.

This weekend we are going to make a start on building a shade house.

Cheers
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby minnie » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:25 am

I've only got things in pots to move at the moment, so:

Sweet potato
Rosemary
Strawberries

Sad to say that's it for now... oh I look forward to my veggies again.
:oops:
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby dggoatlover » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:44 am

I have nothing at the moment. However I actually started putting a garden bed down last week end. Mucked out the goat pens and carted all that lovely, smelly goodnes out the where the garden is to go. I'll just leave it for a few weeks now and I am hoping to get in some sweet potato and beans :D :D

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Heidi » Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:51 pm

Just harvested all the broccoli, somewhat smaller than I would've liked to, but feared if I left it, it would bolt to seed and I'd lose it all. I also trimmed all the silverbeet (which will regrow). Both have been blanched, vacuum sealed and frozen. Picking snowpeas (yum) ad lib, although not enough to blanch and freeze yet. Also incubating a dozen Bantam Leghorns under two broody little bantams (for our little local school to have), and ten australorp and sussex eggs under a sussex hen. Spent a morning in the garden the other day, pulling out dratted tomatoe seedlings! I'm endeavouring not to let anything run rampant this season! DH planted some corn seed also, and I've got to get the bean seeds in soon.
H.

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Glyn » Sun Sep 19, 2010 7:09 am

Well it's all go here - just planted out 8 basil, 10 capsicums, 12 bush beans, 4 okra,4 zucchini, 4 watermelons, 4 rockmelons , 6 leb cucumbers, 4 Gem squash and Heidie's pumpkins. 15 tomatoes fenugreek , garlic chives, sage and another marjoram. Potatoes are all coming up and we are harvesting Asparagus, silver beet, fennel bulbs, red and green cabbage, cauli, broad beans (the plant is now over ten! foot tall- I dont know what it has its toes into), celery and sprouting onions. Coming along nicely is a laaarge onion patch (we have never managed to be self sufficient in these or potato before so that is this years challenge) and a heap of garlic. Some strawberries are turning pink - hopefully this year we will get some, young berries and passion fruit flowering . Plums and peaches filling out nicely and fruit fly traps catching 4-6 a week. How effective are these? My flower garden is a blaze of color and blossom - I really don't remember spring being like this last year - we have been here 2 1/2 years now and its as if the whole garden is coming of age. What I do remember was a nasty hail storm ripping through in October last year so I'm reveling in what we've got now just in case this is as good as it gets :)
Glyn

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby minnie » Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:22 am

Hi Glyn,

Plums and peaches filling out nicely and fruit fly traps catching 4-6 a week. How effective are these?


I tried these and while okay the bagging of fruit worked better, I'm hoping once we get going again that the spray on organic 'stuff' works better than traps. We do live (Hogarth Range) in stone fruit area so it's a natural for getting lots of fly.

Someone said Neem oil was great, but it's not touted for fly because of some testing issue which I can't remember now.

Sounds wonderful you guys with all your picking and planting... :mrgreen:

Vicki

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Mojojo » Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:49 am

Wow Glyn, thats an impressive list!

I'm still eating the rainbow chard, its prolific to say the least. And no matter how much rocket I eat it replaces itself within an hour. Snow and sugar snap peas getting eaten straight off the vine, none have made it inside the house yet. :)
No new plantings til we get to the new house!
I'm getting antsy to plant a garden for summer, but we don't move for another couple of weeks to the new place then I guess I better investigate the watering situation, as we both work away have to have something automatic (soaker hose and timer might do for now) and get some garden beds sorted. Realistically I don't think we'll be ready for 6-8 weeks to even start! :cry:
~ Jo
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby ralphb » Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:39 pm

Glyn

Your list puts my (currently) 5 tomatoes, 3 capsicum, 5 beans, 1 marjoram, 1 thyme and 1 sage to shame

I'm seeding basil, oregano and parsley on the weekend.

All mine, bar the time and the beans, are being pot grown.

Once thery're flourishing I'll upload a pic or two so that you "landed gentry" can laugh at my city "garden".

Cheers and good growing

Ralph

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby minnie » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:16 am

Hi Ralph,

My god-daughters husband has a business doing this in Sydney http://ecolicious.com.au/

Very interesting...
:D
Vicki

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby ralphb » Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:32 am

Hi Vicki

Your god-daughter's husband has an interesting business. Niche markets are everywhere.

I wonder how the cost-benefit/return on investment works out?

I know that I have to get $30 worth of vegetables from each "pot" to break even using the commercially available "self-watering" pots I have. That's based on the cost of the pot, soil and seeds/seedlings. No charge for my time. At the end of the day, however, for me it's not about the cost, it's about the enjoyment and satisfaction of having done it.

Cheers

Ralph

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby minnie » Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:53 am

Hi Ralph,

Yes I too think it's more about the quality of the produce, and don't count my time because when I'm out gardening it's a pleasure rather than work.

:D
Vicki

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby fruitaholic » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:17 am

the vegie patch - is the ground under fruit trees and in pots and boxes - nothing specially set aside

pumpkins - butternutm, qld blue, gramma and jap
watermelon
rockmelon
tomatoes - scab end of about 5 varieties - getting abit warm now - and htats when the problems start up here I'll keep tom thumb and russian cherry for over summer
eggplant - about 3 years old now and still producing 2 people sized egg plants
capsicum
chilli
beans - about 4 types
lettuce - Ive given up on normal lettuce and use a combo of about a dozen types and plant it thickly - then cutt off the small leaves like Im trimming a beard nicest sweetest lettuce you will ever eat - adn theres about 400 seedlings in a broccoli box

herbs - oregan, basi, rosemary, sage, corriander, chives - 2 types, mints 4 or 5 types, vietnamess mint, lavender

potatoes growing wild in the compost heap

sweet potatoes everywhere

taro, yakon, manioc

think thats it at the moment

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Mojojo » Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:49 pm

We thought we would be too late getting organised this year to get any vege garden in, as moving into the new house there's no garden beds, nothing, except a heap of dead kikuyu and lots of sand.
Pulled out all stops the last couple of weeks, and we put in three beds from some sleepers we picked up from the quokka, and a long bed under some existing trellis, and will also make another long bed along the fence. Ripped out the bamboo from a sort of a garden bed along a fence. Have reticked it all too.
Planted some seeds out into punnets a few weeks back, and now I have:

Climbing beans just planted out, I know now where John Wyndham got the idea for 'Day of the Triffids' :lol:
30 corn plants in three rows
with 2 rockmelons under them
an empty bed waiting for 8-10 roma tomato seedlings to go in
another empty bed waiting for the lettuce seedlings, beetroot, and kai laan,
four lebanese cucumbers
four different heirloom tomatoes
thai long red chilli and prik kii nuu chilli (the mega-hot 'mouse dropping' chilli)
bucket loads of herbs, having planted out most of my potted ones and put in some more as well
and hopefully somewhere to plant leeks, and the watermelon seedlings, and garlic, and ... whatever else I can fit in!

So very pleased to have a garden, its been YEARS without. I love sitting out there every morning with my cuppa.

Also this week have been eating my own bodyweight in apricots. They are so cheap from the roadside stalls, and they taste like I remember apricots used to taste when I was a kid, haven't had a decent apricot in years! Maybe its because the ones on the roadside stalls are picked ripe that same day - not picked green for transport and storage for the supermarkets. at about $3 a kilo, I made jam too :) Hope it sets up all right.
~ Jo
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Heidi » Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:29 pm

What's in my vegie patch now? Weeds! We've had so much rain, that the weeds have gone beserk.. pity I can't preserve weeds. I know there's vegies in there somewhere though.
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby minnie » Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:05 am

Garden no but, Jo I got some nectarines from the roadside and like you memories of long ago and how they should taste surfaced.

The peaches are hard but I've left them out to see if they ripen a bit to bake on Christmas day with roast pork (Women's Day recipe).

You're not kidding about the weeds Heidi, farmers friends are taller than me in a small garden here.

Off to pull lantana...

Vicki

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Glyn » Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:24 am

Whats in my vegie patch?
Water and frogs ,,,, and their parties go on aaaallll night!

Merry Christmas everyone and may the new year be full of joy.
Glyn

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby minnie » Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:49 am

Hey Glyn,

Do you want some more singing frogs we have some to spare. ;) And tadpoles galore in baths, pool foot holes... everywhere!

But it does make the pulling of lantana easier from the soft ground. ;)

Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.
:D
Vicki

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Heidi » Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:40 pm

Yep Farmers Friends :lol: what a joke!

We have two main types of frogs here, the common as mud Green Tree Frog, and the lesser obvious, Maniacal Cackle Frog (very funny name, but its call sounds exactly like its name!).

I bought 10kg of necatarines from Farmer Charlies ($2.49kg) and preserved them. Still have last years to use up, but that's fine over school hols we have dessert every night.

Saw a recipe for char grilled nectarines.. they were coated in brown sugar and then char grilled on the bbq or griller quickly.

H.


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