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Hope everyone enjoys the pics of my garden.. I love it most of the time but best of all when I've weeded everything and its all neat and tidy an has beautiful rows of stuff planted everywhere.

This is my first 2 paths. I've still got to put one more in on the right of this picture but my tomatos are too close to the edge and I'm not willing to sacrifice them at the moment. I've also got to put a front edge to each of them and them my kids should have no excuse for stepping on anything. I was really optimistic and have planted 3 broccoli seedlings right at the front of the main bed and am just praying that they don;t get stood on before I can put the front edge on. I'm going to get hubby to hammer in the posts some more. I actually have 4 beds but as you can see, one is completely useless in winter due to shade from the 6ft fence.

From the back, old brocoli that I'm still harvesting florets from, new eggplant and capsicum seedling, coriander, shallots, silverbeet, about 8 week old broccoli and 3 little tiny seedlings right at the front. Also in amongst it all is plenty of self seeded lettuce seedlings popping up.

The pumpkin/sweet potato jungle before I cut it back

The mornings harvest of pumpkins. Had 3 more but something (possums or rats) had already gotten into them. I still have about 5 more little ones that I'll let grow before cutting back the back part of the jungle.

The aftermath of cutting back the pumpkins. They had completely overgrown my little fruit trees (a multigraft lemon/lime/ orange, cumquat and kaffire lime) and I figured i would just pile them up and let them disintergrate into mulch.

My beautiful lush tomato plants also being invaded by the sweet potato vine and the pumpkin. I've only got 2 plants but am currently harvesting about 12 a day and they are the best flavoured tomatos I;ve ever grown.

up close and personal :)

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Comment by Susan on July 19, 2010 at 17:05
I still keep planting broccoli until late september but I put the last lot of seedlings in that shaded bed from the end of august, mulch really well and I plant something tall like corn in front of them which tends to protect them from the harsh afternoon sun. The variety I plant at the end is yates summer green and I have managed to harvest broccoli until end of November/start december this way. About the eggplants and caps, I was still harvesting eggplants from my 2 yr old eggplant bush last week until I decided to put my paths in and it was in the way. I didn't start these from seeds, just bought seedlings from bunnings and planted them about 4 weeks ago. and they seem to be doing fine.(my caps already has flower buds but as its still only 15cm high, i've been ripping them off. Pumpkins - I've never grown them deliberately, they always seem to pop up in my compost heap and I just let them do their thing. When they ripen, they ripen :) I never knew they weren't supposed to grow in winter so maybe thats it :)
Comment by Donna on July 19, 2010 at 15:08
Susan, I didn't think you could be starting eggplant or capsicum yet... and also still getting pumpkins to ripen - I ripped mine out in autumn despite that being their most prolific flowering time!

Broccoli seedlings I thought it was getting on a bit in the season for us, although I still have heaps of baby 'winter' seedlings as my chooks kept scratching them out grr!
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 19, 2010 at 3:50
Areas like Atherton Tableland have a quite different climate to the coast and would suit cabbages at a guess. There was (maybe still is) a commercial Garlic grower on the Atherton. Any area inland away from the humidity and rain of the coast and especially in winter with much colder temps than the coast, would be worth a whirl with cool-season crops. Queensland is just as climatically-diverse as any other part of Australia and "micro-climate is all".
Comment by Susan on July 19, 2010 at 0:22
Thanks Donna. What am I growing that you thought we couldn't? I'm just curious as like you, I've pretty much learnt what I can plant and what I can't by trial and error. Trust me, there have been ( and still are )quite a few disasters :) The reason I experiment with some stuff is that I grew up in North queensland where I remember my grandfather growing cabbages caulis and all sorts of other goodies in a tropical climate where your not supposed to be able to grow that stuff easily, I figure if he could do it up there, i should be able to do it down here.
Comment by Donna on July 18, 2010 at 20:23
What a beautiful and productive garden, and you are growing a few things that I didn't realise we still could. After a few comments on BLF, it is back to the drawing board for me while I learn about just what my microclimate can do without believing the books for awhile... mind you I learned the hard way what NOT to grow in summer, I will learn hopefully the easy way one at a time what I CAN grow in winter lol :)
Comment by Scarlett on July 18, 2010 at 17:47
oh it looks lovely :)
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 18, 2010 at 7:04
Leave some room for you to work inside the fence!
Comment by Daniel on July 17, 2010 at 22:57
I have also been warned about books giving advice for colder climates. I like the diggers site though, since they have the climate map and the hot/cold zones listed. Now that I have my wood, I just need to get the soil and erect a fence to stop the beagle gardener, and I'm off! :-)
Comment by Susan on July 17, 2010 at 20:43
Thanks Elaine, was planning to :) They were a diggers heritage variety that i bought from Bunnings so they should be fine to collect seeds from. I only ever grow cherry types as I find the larger tomatos always get eaten by bugs and take far too long and never taste as good.

Daniel, don't worry. Once you get started, you will be amazed at how fast things will grow. Just be aware of what to plant when. A lot of books only give advice for colder climates which really frustrated me when I first started. But also don't be afraid to try something thats not recommended. I can harvest broccoli up until december because I start planting it in that shaded bed in spring. And there are some things I'm never planting again - ie cauliflour. I just can't get it to grow no matter how hard I try.
Comment by Daniel on July 17, 2010 at 16:37
Wow, your garden is so advanced compared to mine! I actually got some wood today to make the raised beds, and decided that a bobcat is going to be needed to get rid of my clay problem. I can't wait to have mine looking like yours. Great job!

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