Harvest

Harvest is the theme for this month’s Garden Share Collective update. Thank you Kate from Rosehips & Rhubarb and Kyristie from A Fresh Legacy for hosting the GSC. In the garden we know it’s the end of November because the poinciana tree is beginning to flower. And in the veggie patch, eggplants and cucumbers are in abundance.

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Poinciana flowers – A sign that Christmas is on the way!

 

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Cultivating the Soil and the Mind

This post is my monthly veggie patch update written as part of the Garden Share Collective. The GSC is hosted by Kyrstie from A Fresh Legacy and Kate from Rosehips and Rhubarb. The theme this month is philosophy.

‘The garden is not simply a retreat or source of physical exercise. It is intellectually stimulating in its own right, because it is a fusion of two fundamental philosophical principles: humanity and nature.’     –   Damon Young

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Can you tell I’ve been reading  Philosophy in the Garden? ..worth reading. My gardening philosophy however is not so profound!

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Seeds

This post is my first of a monthly garden update written as part of The Garden Share Collective. (Feeling a little shy and nervous here!) The Garden Share Collective is a group of passionate gardeners who come together each month to share the happenings in their veggie garden. It is hosted by Kyrstie from A Fresh Legacy and Kate from Rosehip and Rhubarb. The theme this month is Seeds.

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Getting ready for next season

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Wicking Beds

As I’m away 3 days a week, looking after a veggie patch could be a problem. How was I going to keep the patch watered during hot, dry spells while I’m in Brisbane? Our answer to this was to build wicking beds.

Wicking beds are raised beds that have a water reservoir below them. The reservoir is kept topped up and the soil and the plants access the water they need through capillary action. This method not only keeps the soil moist while I’m not there, it is also water efficient. As we are not on town water – relying on rain water tanks – saving water is very important.

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Winter Fruit and Veg

Winter is a fabulous season in the sub-tropical garden. Nights are cool and mornings are brisk – refreshing the body and the revitalizing soul. The days can be reasonably warm but not too hot to wilt you or the garden. Low humidity and a little rain… Ahhh, just perfect!

It’s a busy time of year. Ideal time for many crops that can’t be grown in colder parts of the country such as tomatoes, eggplants, chillies and capsicums (a lot of the Solanaceae family I just noticed) as well as carrots and zucchini; though the zucchini has recently given up the ghost. Perhaps I was a bit optimistic there. These veg ripen a little slower in the winter but hey, that’s ok. I must say the best thing of all is, unlike summer, we don’t have to battle with fruit fly. Hooray!! How good is that!

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I don’t mind sharing….much.

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