Back this week is ‘Hanging in the Patch’ and what I am planting for winter. Because the weather has cooled down the white cabbage moth and most of the caterpillars are no longer active. May is usually a good time of year to start planting all the winter vegetables because there is less pest problems and the soil is still warm enough for root development.
Spring and summer was very successful in the vegetable patch and I managed to harvest a lot of produce. Due to the success in the vegetable patch, the soil in the raised garden beds was needing some conditioning in preparation before the new veggies that are going to be planted. I removed all my annual summer veggies, then I mixed blood and bone and compost into the soil. This will help to rejuvenate the soil and encourage healthy growth for the next lot of plants.
After everything was planted I added a fresh layer of sugar cane mulch to help retain the warmth and moisture in the soil.
Here is a list of what I am growing in my vegetable patch for this season!
- Cauliflower ‘White Cloud’
- Pea ‘Snow pea’
- Pea ‘Sugar Snap’
- Kale ‘Tuscan’
- Lettuce ‘Multi-Cut’
- Spring onions
- Onion ‘White Globe’
- Broccoli ‘Magic Dragon’
- Brussels Sprouts ‘Green Thumb’
- Spinach ‘Ironman’
- Silverbeet ‘Rainbow’
Another aspect of my garden that I am currently excited about is my citrus grove. These trees were planted roughly 2 and half years ago and they have started to flourish in the last 7 months. Almost all the trees are baring fruit and have put on a staggering amount of growth.
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs