Aside from some broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and (what I suspect is a failed crop of) garlic, I let the garden go over winter. It was too cold and wet to be fossicking around in the dirt. But on the first sunny day I was back out there digging beds, planting seeds and (in true Gen Y spirit) taking pictures.
One day I hope to have a sprawling garden full of fruit trees, veggies and bougainvillea, but for now we rent and, while our landlord is extremely tolerant, there’s only so much landscaping I can get away with. Out the back I’ve dug three smallish plots for veggies and out the front I’m slowly filling the once-empty flower beds.
Last year was my first year with a veggie patch and I grew a bit of everything. Some things, like tomatoes and beetroots, we couldn’t get enough of and others, like eggplants, we hardly touched. This year I’m growing fewer but bigger crops of last year’s favourites, along with a few new things as well.
I’ll keep you posted and let you know how it all turns out. Forgive the less-than-amazing photos. My poor little phone tends to freak out: ‘Argh! So much light! So much to focus on!’
Seedlings ready for planting
Putting the Dutch Cream potatoes to bed
And they’re off!
I optimistically thought we’d be really healthy and eat lots of spinach. It went to seed without us eating more than a few leaves. Ah, well, maybe next year.
They’re hard to see because they’re still quite tiny, but tomatoes have replaced the spinach
Yes, those are irises you can see along the border of the tomato patch. My neighbour gave them to me last year and it was the only sunny spot I had for them.
And they’re so PRETTY!
My mint is doing extremely well. I’m hoping if I just let it go it will take over the whole lawn.
I’ve divided up my strawberries and put most of them in the ground rather than in pots this year.
The raspberry bush has also come back to life. Hopefully we’ll get a good crop this year!
Chillis are in
And there’s still more chillis to come
Pleasantly surprised to find these little nasturtiums pop up from failed crop last year. They’re the Empress of India variety, and I just love the darker leaves and bright flowers.
Back yard October 2013
On the side
Love in a mist seedlings to brighten up the front yard
I’ve moved most of my herbs out the front this year to make more room for veggies out the back
Borriage looked like it wasn’t going to survive the transplant, but it’s come back kicking
Hehe. This one’s on loan from a friend. You think I could be mature about these things, but I giggle every time I see it.