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The garden is starting to take off.  I harvested my first zucchini last week and some more are on the way.

Spinach is going great.  The 6 little plants are giving me enough leaves to put in pasta's once a week and to put on sandwiches.  My first broccoli heads are forming well - only about 1-2 weeks till I start harvesting them

And not long for strawberries.  I ended up buying 4 more plants so that I have 10 and put 5 runners into potting mix to get another 5 plants - somehow, I don't think that 15 plants will suffice with my fruit bat children :)

And last but not least, my blueberries are flowering!!

My other bed has been planted with some french butter beans (At Erica's garden visit, she had them growing and looking well so I thought I'd give them a try), 2 more zucchinis, cucumber, and corn with the room at the front left for my broccoli seedlings which are coming up nicely.  I'll also find space for my lettuce seedlings and leeks around there somewhere as well.

Well thats it from me, in another month, I'll post some more pics as things are starting to take off.

 

21/7/2011

 

New garden bed planted with broccoli (green King) left front), beans (yellow butterbean) middle, lettuces, baby spinach, silver beet (because I wanted the baby spinach for salads and not enough left over to cook with) (front right) new zucchini's (green this time ),  and 2 cucmbers (back of garden)

 

Strawberries, tomato's, eggplant and zucchini from first bed.

 

On the verge of a Zucchini glut, the other plant has just as many.  Good though, been making zucchini slice and zucchini cake.

Lebanese eggplant starting to flower.  YAY, with all the zucchini, I'll be able to make some good lasagne

 

 

Tomato's just starting so a while to wait yet.

Capsicums planted.  Can't see it on this really well but they have tiny flower buds already.

 

And finally for dinner tonight - sweet potato and coriander soup.  Straight from the garden

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Comment by Susan on July 23, 2011 at 12:22
Normally I would too, but I have about 10 plants (way too much for us) and this one was growing over my new capsicum seedlings - it had to go :)
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 29, 2011 at 19:43
The Field Pea seeds came from http://www.livingapartment.com.au/. Some of his ideas are quite good. I bought 2 of the Japanese colanders in which to do Alfalfa since we eat more of them than the Sproutamos can cope with. The shallow round dishes are not much use to me though because they can make far more of (eg Sunflower) than we can eat before they outgrow the dish.
Comment by Donna on June 29, 2011 at 18:19

They sound good Elaine, where do you get your seeds from?

 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 29, 2011 at 15:02
Shoots from Field Peas (the common bush pea) a very good and quick to grow. You can cut then expect 2 lots more from the same seeds. Grow them in a mini-garden with some compost and give a weekly dose of dilute Seaweed. They are sweeter and of course quite organic when you make your own rather than buying the 'Snow Pea' sprouts which can be tough to cut.
Comment by Florence on June 29, 2011 at 8:22
Pea shoots nice to eat even if you can't get peas :)
Comment by Tracy Arnold on June 28, 2011 at 19:46
Your yellow zucchinis are SO pretty!  I should try those, my daugher might actually eat them if they are not green!!
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 28, 2011 at 19:39
The ideal is to either turn it in just before flowering or cut it off at ground level just before flowering. Wisdom is that the plant is at its most nutritious when it's getting ready to flower so your garden benefits but you miss your peas (or corn or sunflowers).
Comment by Susan on June 28, 2011 at 18:17
I'm kinda doing that to the bed on the far right.  Saw on gardening australia how they used all their old seeds  to provide cover crop.  So chucked in all last years beans and peas and have been getting my daughter to chuck in her bird's left over seeds.  bonus is, I might even get some peas
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 28, 2011 at 14:32
Could I suggest you do a cover crop first? Buy several kilos of assorted bird seed, soak it overnight, strain it then scatter thickly on the soil surface. Cover with potting mix, keep damp. You will be amazed at how quickly it all grows and what a difference it makes to the subsequent crops to have a new influx of organic matter.
Comment by Donna on June 28, 2011 at 13:10
Looking wonderful!  My beds are cleared, now I need to plant!

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