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#1 Daybreak

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 09:38 PM

So, who's got a veggie patch going this year? What's growing in it?

Having just moved into our own place (4 months ago) we're only planting things that are edible. In the veggie beds at the moment are two kinds of beans, 2 or 3 kinds of pumpkin, a variety of tomatoes, capsicum, cucumbers, Nicola potatoes, and 3 kinds of corn.
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#2 Maxi

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 09:52 PM

Tomatoes, chillies, kumara, broad beans, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, corn, beetroot, peas, zucchini, carrots plus herbs.

The fruit trees (feijoa, lemon, lime and orange) aren't fruiting at the moment.
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Posted 13 January 2014 - 03:51 PM

We've got silverbeet, pak choi, spring onions, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, zucchinis, cucumbers, rocket, broccoli, corn, pumpkin, beans, jalapeno and habanero chillies, capsicums and a few herbs. It took a very long time to get started due to the abysmal weather we've had in Vic, but most things are growing well now except for the tomatoes. I'm a bit worried about the scorching week we have coming up and how it will all cope!
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Posted 13 January 2014 - 05:08 PM

I've just added basil, and a whole lot more rhubarb (I suspect the cousins who gave it to me for Christmas don't realise it's not an annual!) Two of the tomatoes are starting to fruit, as the blood orange. The lemon trees are flowering.
ETA: We harvested a couple of onions today. One is as big as you would expect to buy. The other (and the rest still growing) is smaller, but I don't mind that.
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Posted 14 January 2014 - 03:32 PM

We've just leveled all our sand and are getting underlay later in the week and turf next Monday. Just started my veggie patch though!

We've got basil, thai basil, flat leaf and curly parsely, thyme, chives, mint, lots of lettuce and some strawberries. Mainly because I had awesome herbs at our last place and it's driving me nuts having to buy them at the shop now!

Need to think more about what I want for permanent beds though, this one will get moved eventually. I really want to just have 'productive' plants but DH is really into formal gardens. I also want whatever native foods I can get.

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 03:58 PM

QUOTE(Windsor @ Jan 14 2014, 04:32 PM) View Post

I really want to just have 'productive' plants but DH is really into formal gardens. I also want whatever native foods I can get.

We have a macadamia tree (well, more like a bush at the moment!) because Andrew loves nuts of all kinds. My parents live right near a native plant nursery, that has a good section of 'bush foods' plants.
Luckily Andrew agrees with me on having all edibles, but neither of us are really gardeners otherwise!
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Posted 14 January 2014 - 04:18 PM


Our vege patch is awaiting planting - we're just trying to ensure all the nutrients are in the soil at the moment, so I just have a patch of dirt!

The plan is to have 4 beds, rotating. But I've only got the 1 at the moment. Until then, we'll plant -

tomato, capsicum, herbs (basil, coriander, parsley), broccoli, carrots, spinach, eggplant.

In the rest of the garden, we've just planted lemon, lime and orange trees, bananas, paw paw and tropical nectarine.

Next to go in should be a bay leaf tree, avocado and mango trees and I'd like a couple of olives. Really looking forward to them all being relatively mature in 5 yrs time!!

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 06:24 PM

We were very lucky in housewarming/birthday presents - we were given two lemon trees, plus the blood orange, and an olive. Mum and Dad bought us bare rooted apples x2, pears x2, and an almond. Like you, I'm looking forward to them being mature.
We need to get on to planting broccoli - home grown is so much better than bought!
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Posted 14 January 2014 - 07:02 PM


Have you got the big apple and pear trees, or the new dwarf varieties? Had to look up 'bare rooted apples' - 2yo trees - how big are they?

Even though we've got an acre, I was thinking of trying the dwarf varieties so am looking for recommendations!

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 07:03 PM

The waiting is torture!

Each year I secretly think "Ooh it'd be great if it matured early".

I'm so impatient!
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Posted 14 January 2014 - 09:31 PM

We're on sand so limited to having stuff in raised beds, I'd love to be able to just plant stuff straight in the ground!!!

I really need to do some research into what will grow well around our area. There's a macadamia farm just up the road but they're on the floodplain and have lovely rich soil. Also, lots of the natives are taller rainforest trees that just won't suit the area we're in.

I need to move to River Cottage Australia!

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 10:54 PM

QUOTE(aChocLover @ Jan 14 2014, 08:02 PM) View Post

Have you got the big apple and pear trees, or the new dwarf varieties? Had to look up 'bare rooted apples' - 2yo trees - how big are they?

Even though we've got an acre, I was thinking of trying the dwarf varieties so am looking for recommendations!

Andrew thinks they're about 1.5m (I'm not going out to measure them at this time of night!). I'd have to check the labels to see which kinds we got, but I know I aimed for an eating variety and a cooking variety of each, but had to make sure they'd pollinate each other.... Lucky the labels suggest other varieties for that!
We're only on about 1/5 acre, but there was practically nothing in the garden when we moved in. I took some photos tonight, so I'll post them tomorrow.

Windsor, our soil is a bit variable even in our little block, but I am glad it's not sand. I believe you can improve sandy soil (I may not be a gardener, but my parents are) but it takes work and time, and probably money
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Posted 15 January 2014 - 02:12 PM

We haven't replanted ours yet. We had one in Victoria, but you can't bring plants/soil across the border to WA, so we had to get rid of it all.

I heard that you can grow spagetti squash in WA though, so I'm excited to get a patch of that going!

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Posted 15 January 2014 - 09:42 PM

I am so not a gardener. I realised tonight that I forgot to water the new bed of rhubarb last night. In these temperatures. Three are definitely still alive, and I'm hoping some of the others might come good overnight now that I *have* watered them
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Posted 16 January 2014 - 08:11 PM

We did that with our pumpkin and corn seedlings Katie, forgot to water them. About 40% of them are still alive. ph34r.gif

I actually don't like seedlings at all, I'd much rather grow from seed. 90% of our vegies are from seed and I feel like the plants are so much hardier and quick growing. We did cave and get some seedlings a month or so ago, the capsicum, chillis, broccoli and some of the tomatoes are seedlings, everything else is from seed except the half dead pumpkin and corn.

Our tomatoes have been growing from seed for 4.5 months and they are big and bushy and had plenty of flowers. I felt like they were NEVER going to produce an actual tomato but to my delight I noticed last night that there are heaps and heaps of tiny green tomatoes growing on them. We eat so many tomatoes and they are SO expensive to buy, I can't wait until we can eat our own.

I don't think I'll bother with carrots again, they are SO slow to grow. And they're only 99c a bag, I think I'd rather buy them. Has anyone else with carrots found them to be incredibly slow?
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