Hello, this is my first post for the Garden Share Collective. I’ve already found so many fantastic blogs through this and I’m excited to be a part of it. This post was meant to be posted a week ago, but for various reason’s that hasn’t happened so here it is now. For those new to my blog, I’m from Brisbane, Australia and beginning to set up my first ever garden. September has been a very busy month for us. We just managed to get the garden beds in place for planting, and boy, have I planted LOTS! We have a four raised bed crop rotation system with our brassicas and salads, legumes, roots and fruiting veges. We also have a pumpkin bed and a melon bed. We also have a strip near the fence which we’ve dug into the ground and are still in the process of edging. The first lot of planting I did was on the 7th of this month, where I planted out some tomato seeds in some seed trays on our made-from-scrap seed table. The next weekend we finished off the garden beds and planted a whole heap of things. In the seed raising trays we planted capsicums, russle lupins, more tomatoes, lettuces, broccolis and cauliflowers. Here is our seed raising table on the 13th You can see in the background the raised beds and the fence which isn’t finished. The plants on the table are herbs we bought (and some dying tree seedlings, but that’s a story for a whole nother time) By the 20th some of the seeds were starting to show! There was more growth the next week. The broccoli was starting to grow and a few capsicums were starting to show. A few of the second lot of tomatoes I planted were showing and some of the russel lupins And the tomatoes grew taller. This weekend I started transplanting a few and have moved the seed raising trays into the beds. I think all the other seeds are growing fantastically there, these might too! Most of our initial planting was done direct into the garden beds. I spent quite some time getting all my labels together. In the legume bed I planted some beans and peas. I planted a blue lake climbing bean, a baby sun dwarf bean, climbing snow peas and chickpeas. By the next weekend one of the beans was beginning to show and grew two leaves in a day. The garden had erupted but the 27th and all the beans were growing well except the baby sun beans. By this weekend only one of the three baby sun beans was showing so I planted some more. I also moved the russle lupins into the front of this bed. In the fruiting vegetable bed I planted three tomato seedlings, a grosse lisse, a tommy toe and a tigerella. These were from diggers advertised as a ‘long harvest’ collection. Around these I planted marigold seeds and three cucumber seeds. Two of my cucumber seeds sprouted and one of them was the first and biggest seed to show in the main beds. I have been tracking its growth with much excitement. I was a bit worried about one of my tomato plants (the one on the far right) but it looks like it is coming right. I have been giving my tomato plants crushed eggshells. Here is the bed as of this weekend. The cucumbers are to the left. I planted another cucumber seed and some capsicum seeds to see how they compare to the ones I started off in the seed trays, which aren’t looking very exciting yet. My brassica bed was looking sad for a long while. One row of rocket at one end and one row of baby broccoli at the other, and nothing really much to see. This week both has grown considerably and I transplanted half of the brassicas I’d started off in seed trays (I’ve left the others to try next week or the week after as I think I might have moved them too early. I also sewed some seeds directly into the beds to see how they went. In this bed now I’ve got a whole rage of lettuces, cauliflowers and broccoli. In my root bed I planted two rows of carrots (a purple one ad a red one), a row of silverbeet and a row of beetroot. The plants are coming up nicely! In the melon patch I planted two rockmelons and two watermelons, planning on plucking out the weaker if two of each came up. Only one of each came up so that was perfect. Finally I planted some pumpkins. I had a pumpkin seed mix and two other types of pumpkins. I planted eight seeds and seven cam up! I’ve cut down to five but think it might still be too crowded, especially when I see how fast they are growing. From planted on the 13 of September, look how but they are by the 5th of October! The final thing we planted were herbs, these were all put in as seedlings except we also started of some Basil and parsley seed in trays because they were free! Here’s how the herbs look just a few weeks later Finally we planted some corn in the ditch I dug by the fence. We’ve also transplanted a logan berry there from my mum. It didn’t look too happy after the 45 minute car ride but we gave it some fertiliser and good soil and plenty of water. As you can see, it’s been a busy month! We haven’t harvested anything yet (except for a few leaves of herbs) but boy do we have a lot of plans! We’ve been working on building the fence and ran out of palings to finish it, so getting more wood and finishing it is on the to-do list. You can see it is multi coloured in the photo. My young man decided to use a primer he already had to save buying more, and ran out, so used another primer. He didn’t seem too worried about the finished paint looking two toned so we’ll see! The fence isn’t exactly straight so at worst it will just really look home-made by loving hands. If you look to the white part of the fence you can see the green garden edging by the corn. About 1/3 of the ditch has this, so doing the other 2/3ds is on the to-do list. We dumped half the soil from the ditch elsewhere on the property so once the edging is in we can replace it with the good soil. It will be a slightly raised bed. Then we have to continue to plant out seedlings and think about planting more of things we wish to succession plant. My young man has informed me that he could eat two carrots a day without even trying, so I think that is a hint to plant more. Outside of the garden we’ve got the chicken coop to build and fencing to improve.
Well, that’s enough from me I’ve got to write up this weekend down and find time to read everyone else’s garden shares!