Seed Swaps

Vegetable Garden

A never-ending project. Constantly trialling vegetables, doing away with some because of the space required or unsuitability to the climate.

Have finally achieved uniformly sized beds with the facility to raise them by simply adding more sleepers.

At present have 7 beds in this area to rotate – actually 6 as one is permanent bed for rhubarb. I suppose that could be rotated as well as I think rhubarb should be lifted every so often.

I have another area closer to the house which is designated as a ‘herb garden’ but the herbs are slowly being replaced with vegetables. . Might have to look into that as I love my parsley and thyme.

Because of my wife’s ulcers low acid type vegies are in order. Instead of large crops of tomatoes, which we used to use a lot of in our cooking as well as preserving, we are trying some different tomatoes – a low acid yellow (no variety name) it is a round fruit; and a red variety which has the Roma shape.

I am looking at another area that might comfortably take a 6′×3′ bed. This could be for sweet corn, perhaps. I’m tossing up about whether to put in an asparagus patch.

I have to transplant some self-sown silverbeet. Must have silverbeet. This is the red-stemmed variety.

Still picking celery. Nothing as sweet and moist as freshly picked celery.

More to come . . .

December 23, 2010: Re-jigged one of the garden beds by using recycled timber and a chain mesh fence I was given by a builder-renovator who was going to dump it otherwise. Vegetables such as climbing beans, peas, cucumbers can scramble up the mesh which can be extended by adding more wire, and it will help contain tall crops such as broad beans which need some support. One of the reasons for planting beans here is due to the kangaroos feasting on last summer’s crop along the back fence where I had always had them in past years.

Have planted a variety of climbing bean along the side and some peas at either end. The committee is still out on what will go in the main body of the bed.

*P.S. * For some reason I forgot to add silverbeet to the list. I transplanted some along the back fence, I got them from other spots where they had self-seeded.

An outdoor organic garden located in Castlemaine 3450, Australia, Prickles's Vegetable garden currently contains 8 plants.

This is a Vegetable garden that is known to be in USDA Hardiness Zone 9b. It has mainly Combination soil and receives Full Sun light.






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Posted on 14 Nov 10 (almost 9 years ago)

You have a great garden! Well done :)

Posted on 01 Jan 11 (over 8 years ago)

Hi redcrystal

Well with the way things are going I think more than ever we will be relying on home produce.

I heard a report last night that because of the harvests being affected by the general flooding throughout Australia we will be looking at anything up to a $100 per week rise in our shopping budgets. This is a bit frightening for low-income families and pensioners.

So I think we should all get out there and start planting.

Posted on 02 Jan 11 (over 8 years ago)

Sorry some how I missed this reply.
I agree, I think if just every family grew something to take a little pressure off the system we’d be so much better off!! I’ve not had to do much shopping for veggies which is great. I hope to keep it that way ;)

Posted on 06 Mar 11 (over 8 years ago)

Well, we’ve noticed the difference in our shopping prices.

Where we once struggled to reach $30 per week, we now hover around the $50 and we’re not buying tomatoes, beans, silverbeet, rhubarb, spring onions, zucchinis, cucumbers, lettuce.

Beats me where the dollars go.

Posted on 07 Mar 11 (over 8 years ago)

Yeah I went shopping last night.. I’ve started a diet and am getting different food than usual. We got some stuff that will last a while ie 4 bottles of spices.. but the majority of food was 1 days worth and some carry over.. 50 odd dollars. I nearly fainted.. Think starving myself might be cheaper lol.
I got pak choy seeds yesterday from Graibeard, hope they do well, going to invest in salad mix and keep up with my spinach/silver beet, but some stuff I am going to have to buy, which will bite :S

Posted on 08 Mar 11 (over 8 years ago)

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