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redbelly

Vegetable garden resurrection

I know that for many it is still cold and wet but I am definitely not feeling smug. It is hot and dry here and my water storages are rapidly dwindling. A few pictures of progress to date. Unless there is useful rain in the next three or four weeks I will have to start rationing garden water.
Potatoes, maize sunflowers and millet growing in another patch will be the first to have the water cut back.
The pumpkins were planted to smother weeds as much as anything.
The next task will be to prepare some beds for Brussels Sprouts and Broccoli.


Mo

I'm sat here watching snow fall so it's good to see your photo's.
Hope you get some rain.
Dave C

Excellent post, I am working away in a very wet & miserable Liverpool.
So any pics of a nice warm growing season are very welcome.
sod

Good looking garden, we have town water and can use sprinkler every second day Guess what you call maize we call sweet corn, is that right? Wish I had done as well with our garden   fruit trees have been good as I didn't need to do anything to them Great going  
budgie

looking lush  cant wait for this damp and cold to begger off so i can crack on!!!
redbelly

Sod, I think we use the same terms. I planted some maize from my chook feed and a packet of wild bird mix hoping to grow some poultry feed.



Unfortunately there is a row of potatoes in amongst all that.
There is some sweet corn in the vegetable garden.
Mo

Good idea  

My mum's bird table always had corn and barley and stuff growing round it where escaped seeds had grown  
Digindeep

Looking good   keep us all updated..
sod

Redbelly Good thinkings    thanks for that love fresh sweet corn straight off the stork  
redbelly

Had a bit of rain today with more forecast for tomorrow. Fingers crossed as hot windy weather has taken its toll on the vegetable garden.
Some things are doing better than others such as this mixed bed of carrots, chard,kohl rabi and kale.


Cabbage White Butterfly larvae are a real pest here in the warmer seasons and have had a good munch on the kohl rabi and kale.
One of the chard varieties pictured is  one which I have not grown before. It is marketed as "Perennial Spinach" but is a true beet although it does have a spinach like growth habit.
Digindeep

Cabbage White are a big problem here also. Strangely never thought of them as a problem elsewhere, only here in the past.
My solution has always been to net them and spray with diluted washing up liquid. Works to a degree, but not a complete solution.
All part of the constant battle

Your patch is looking good, it will be some months before "we" can look forward to such delights... nice feeling though "I grew them"
Rena

You have a Great looking garden! Makes me think even more about mine! (And we still have a few months to go....)

Digindeep wrote:
... nice feeling though "I grew them"


One of the best parts about gardening!
sod

  The calves got into ours after mains unit died   but it was never as good as yours, hope you get more rain but not like other parts over there. We need rain too driest its been for long time most of country had none this year, us from November. You aredoing great  
redbelly

I had a big crop of pumpkins behind an electric fence year before last and the cows got through. It's a constant battle. This morning a flock of cockatoos were feasting on the walnuts.
redbelly

After a long hot and dry spell there has been some useful rain. Although I have been watering fairly heavily some things such as beans have gone off in quality.
Sweet corn seems immune to heat.



Tomatoes have gone poorly but I am not sure why. Others in this area have also not had good crops so perhaps it is just the season.There was a lot of black nightshade in the garden and I also wonder whether it might have harboured some sort of pest or disease as it is in the same family.



The next task is to get some brassicas in so that they can develop a good frame before winter.
Digindeep

Black nightshade, presume thats what we call Deadly nightshade, if so, yes it is of the same family as Toms, could easily therefore have transfered something onto the toms.

That crop of S/Corn certainly looks healthy enough. When I've grown it in the past always had to well water, to gain a good crop.  

What brassicas are you planting out?

Shame about the beans, again greedy beggers, need plenty of muck and water

Look forward to hearing more..  
sod

DD your post woke me up    we are planting collys,cabbage,lettuce,broard beans and sprout seeds will tell you others as I sort out.

Yes we used to call it deadly nightshade here till someone pointed out it is not deadly now we call it same
Digindeep

sod wrote:
DD your post woke me up    


OOps!....    not intentional, wasn't that urgent, just banter really..  
sod

Digindeep wrote:
sod wrote:
DD your post woke me up    


OOps!....    not intentional, wasn't that urgent, just banter really..  



No woke me up to fact you asked and I hadn't put what we grow in winter here  
redbelly

I will plant broccoli, brussels sprouts and maybe some caulies. Should have had them in before now but caterpillars munched the seedlings.  
Will also try to find a few spots for turnips, swedes and spinach.
Broad beans seem to do best here if planted in winter so they can follow the pumpkins.
Digindeep

To be honest Sod and Redbelly, I find it facinating, what you can and can't grow at your end of the Globe...as of against what we grow at different times of the year...As with Rena....But Hey thats just me  

Come on all you's, who live elsewhere...let us all know what you can and cannot..sow - plant...    

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