Last weekend I ripped out a lot of the remaining winter veg, and composted everything up ready for the summer seedlings to go in. I think on balance it’s been a very successful winter, especially since it’s the first season for our veggie garden. We’re eating heaps more veggies, and are saving plenty of money – especially on high price items like herbs.
- Next year I’ll net the brassicas in autumn to avoid the worst of the cabbage moth.
- The back bed doesn’t get any sun for about three months in winter. Next winter I’ll try putting the silverbeet and leafy greens back there and see how they go.
- I have to get better at succession planting.
- Mini worm farms – they are full of baby worms! And I often spot worms in the actual beds, so they are venturing out as well.
- Wicking beds. I filled the beds once all winter – rain did the rest. They’re awesome. Barely any weeds. At a good height for this heavily pregnant lady.
- Carrots (grown from seed – I planted a punnet too and they were pretty dismal). I was sure my carrots were a failure, until I went digging around and found heaps of good ones.
- Snow peas
- Broccoli – the broccoli went to seed pretty quickly, but we ate all the flowers as well, so it was a good producer
- Leafy greens: rainbow chard, cos lettuce, rocket, black russian kale. All excellent.
- Celery – the celery harvest has been epic and ongoing. We have WAY too much celery.
- Rhubarb – so much for waiting two years for a good rhubarb harvest, ours was great after only a few months.
- Chioggia beetroot – and whatever the yellow ones are called. But the red ones were disappointingly small.
- Holiday house potatoes – epic harvest.
- Backyard potatoes. Only got a handful of decent spuds. Trying again for spring spuds.
- Native fingerlime. Killed it.
- I’m pretty sure my garlic will fail this year – the back bed just doesn’t get enough sun in winter, and they’re covered in aphids despite my best efforts.
- Leeks – looking quite promising.
- Onions – less promising.
- Red cabbage – of the six I planted, I got three small heads. Meh.
- Brussels Sprouts – sprouts are growing, but I’m worried they won’t stay tight. I’m not sure when to harvest, they’re still pretty small.
- Broad beans – they were fine, but not a bumper crop, and they got blown over in a storm so their lives were prematurely cut short.
Summer seedlings go in this week – a bit early perhaps, but as the babby is due in a month, I thought it’d be better to get it over and done with before I’m too busy!