Thursday, April 12, 2018

Gardening 2018: 4/12/2018

It's been a gardening kind of day ...


Dill is coming up ... (I see some stray weeds that I need to pull!!!)


Garden ready for planting ... yes, I know that I said we were switching completely over to raised bed gardening this year ... looks like we're going to have a small row garden too!  (We planted two rows of okra and one row of squash today.  There are still three rows left to plant.)


growing garlic in pots ...


growing lemon balm in a pot ...


my lemon seed trees are coming along ... I've been told by a very reliable source that they won't bear fruit but, I just don't have the heart to toss them!  


growing nettles in a pot ...


growing potatoes in our tractor tire 'raised beds' ...


can you see those wire cages in front of the chicken coop run ... tomatoes are going to be planted in those ...


and volunteer radishes.

This gardening season is shaping up to be a busy one!  This is just the beginnings of our 2018 gardening journey!

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15 comments:

  1. My garden is up and producing. I am getting plenty of chilli, eggplant, bak choy, lemons and limes. The silverbeet(chard) is coming up and I will soon be picking the leaves off these. Lettuce is just about ready and the tomatoes are flowering. My basil seeds have sprouted and are popping up out of the soil. Carrots are up, zuchinni is going up the trellis and there are small luffa on the vines. Herbs are happily growing in pots all around the place. As it's autumn here I have transplanted the strawberry runners in the hopes that I will get a good crop of berries Aug/Sep. Love gardening season.

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    1. Jane, you are way ahead of us, we are just now getting to some serious planting!!! In a couple of months we'll be we're you're at ... enjoying the harvest!!! Your zuchinni grow up a trellis??? Ours is more like a bush/plant.

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  2. Hello Patsy and wonderful you have your gardens underway for this year as it helps so much with the budget and reduces costs. I think it is easier to grow your larger crops such as squash and pumpkins in the ground too.

    Just as a bit of information is that we did do a pricing of what our garden produced saved in a year last year and it amounted to $3600 taking into account our garden expenses :). Yes we eat a lot of vegetables, herbs and berries and have lots of vegetable juices as well. Our vegetables here in our small country town are an horrendous cost such as in season snow peas $33 a kilogram just to give you an idea :o . It is really well worth growing a garden and there is nothing like picking produce fresh from the gardens to eat, yum.

    Already this year we have recouped all our garden expenses in produce we have picked from the gardens and saved seeds I have sold on the internet, and we have the rest of the year to go yet.

    At the moment we are growing in the front gardens sweet potato, cherry and money maker tomatoes, lavender, thyme, rosemary, sage and roses.

    In the back yard and paddock gardens Qld blue pumpkins, silver beet, carrots, beetroot, onions, capsicums, dwarf green bush beans and garlic. Working on planting our winter crops of broccoli, cauliflower and others shortly too.

    Hope everyone has wonderful success with their gardens this year and they provide your family with lots of delicious food.

    Sewingcreations15.

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    1. Sewingcreations15, yesterday we needed to run an errand in town and while there stopped by a store with a garden center. I browsed the area and was astonished to see that one garden plant was $3.78 each. That was the price for all varieties ... $3.78 per plant. I'm saving a fortune in saving my seeds from year to year. Squash is one of the things we are growing in the row garden for the very reason you mentioned. I have another day of gardening ahead of me and I'm looking forward to it!

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    2. Patsy yes the price of plants are ridiculous here too at the garden centres. They want $4.78 for 1 tomato plant about 6" tall in a pot and $4 - $6 per punnet of about 4 vegetable seedlings. Like you I simply won't pay that and grow 50% of our own vegetable crops from saved seeds and save garlic bulbs from the previous seasons harvests to replant or grow from seed which is a lot cheaper than buying the established plants in garden centres. I know this saves us a fortune in costs as well by saving and using our own seeds.

      Another good way to establish a low cost garden if you have fellow gardening friends as we do, is to swap plants and cuttings. If I have spare volunteer vegetable plants I text friends and they come and pick them up for their own gardens and likewise they do the same for me or bring me produce from their fruit trees.

      Sewingcreations15.

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  3. I still haven’t been able to work in my gardens yet because of my son-in-law’s sudden admission to hospital. They will start dialysis today. I took over for one of my sons who stayed overnight with the 3 kiddos at 6 AM, another daughter will take over for me around 7 AM, then she will walk kiddos down to daughter-in-law at 8 who will take her oldest and our daughter’s oldest to bus stop. Then son who stayed overnight will get back from work (taking a day off) so our daughter-in-law can get to work.

    Everyone just jumps into action at times like these. I will go up to hospital from here so daughter isn’t by herself. She told me, after he was being wheeled in for a short surgery yesterday afternoon and his parents (who had spent about 4 hours with us at the hospital that day)left, that if there is ever a zombie apocalypse that she doesn’t want her mother-in-law on her “prepper” team because she tends to fall apart in an emergency! Our family, in contrast, roll up our sleeves and get to work on things we can control- making sure food, kids, even washing morning dishes that were left in the sink when they left to go to the emergency room! I am grateful for kids that “get to work” without being asked! We do seem to be an “organized group of ants”!! Lol!! 😉😉
    Gardening will just have to wait! ☹️

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    1. gardenpat, Yes, yes, yes, an organized group of ants ... I love that terminology!!! Gardening can absolutely wait, I pray that your son-in-law recovers soon.

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  4. Dear Patsy,
    I should have had my garden in a month ago but I'm still going to plant anyway and see what happens. I wasn't planning on having one because we also have been planning on raised beds, but as that isn't going to happen any time soon, I asked Colton to just please till up a space. I haven't truly gardened in three years (due to our move and things surrounding that) and I miss it! Not to mention I hate paying for tasteless produce that I could easily grow myself! And it is expensive. I've been making lots of John's baby food so this would help the budget even more, not to mention be healthier. I'm at least planning on getting some squash in, as it shouldn't be too late for that. The crazy weather still thinks it's winter anyway lol. Happy gardening!
    Love, Kelsey

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    1. Kelsey, the weather has been crazy here too and it's causing us to have to do things a little different in the garden because of it. There is a difference in what we grow in our gardens and what we purchase in the grocery stores, isn't there!!!

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  5. The snow is gone. The garden isn't a mud pile anymore. My son and I are off of work today so we are going out into my larger garden and going to get my snap peas planted. I am so happy! Your garden is starting to look good. Hope you get bushels of food.

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    1. Thank you Making Cents Of It All, we still have lots of work to do but are happy to have the chance to grow quite a bit of our own food.

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  6. It has finally started to warm up here in the Upstate of SC. Time to get busy! You have a lot if wonderful produce and work ahead of you but it will all be worth it.

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    1. Yes, it will Lana and yes we have lots of work ahead of us!!!

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  7. Whoa you have wonderful black dirt! We are in the land of hard red clay. Everything is looking great!

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    1. Lana, our soil is 75% sand which means we have to work to keep it balanced. Chicken poo helps a lot!!!

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