The Winter Veggies Are In15:47:00
I have been very busy here in the paddock this week. Not only have I had a cleaning blitz, (Oh how you should see my nice clean laundry), but I finally got around to planting out the winter veggie patch. It was very relaxing out there in the Sunshine yesterday as well as being very peaceful with the kids fast asleep inside. Bliss!
Last month a truckload of pig manure was delivered to the farm so we stole a ute load and were able to top up the soil in our patches. We also added some of the compost that was ready from down the back corner of the backyard. As well as pulling out the remnants of the summer crop, this was pretty much all the soil preparation that we did for this coming crop.
At the market on Saturday I picked out some spring onions, baby beetroot, red onions, cauliflower, broccoli, sweet peas, spinach and green peas to plant in the patches.
Ive got a crop rotation thingy happening as I am such a pro. Not! No really im on a big learning curve with all this stuff so its all happening on a small scale. At this stage, this crop rotation is being done in preparation for the tomatoes to come in summer. This means that I have put most of the beans, and the peas in one spot over in the patch by the fence as they are part of the legume family if you didn't know, which in turn are going to leave lots and lots of nitrogen in the soil ready for the tomatoes to soak up when its their turn.
I impressed the kids yesterday and got my 'Tim the Toolman Taylor' on; Ggrrr Grrrr!! (Do you remember that show? Gold!) and I prepared some stakes by drilling some holes in them. Cam would have been flipping out at how I was handling the drill. I think I had the setting in reverse a few times and nearly had a small fire instead of holes but I got there. So cool am I. They are all ready to thread with string as the peas grow up and up.
Here is what I put in the patch.
See my stakes? The caulies, broccoli, peas and sweet peas as well as some onions are going to grow in here. Once the Dahlia's have finished, Ill have to find something else to grow. Ill take any suggestions??
Every year these coriander seedling just pop up. I think they have come over from the compost heap. I love these as they smell so nice and create a great display in the patch when they start to dry up too.
Great for salads too may I just add.
This is where all the beans are and where the future tomato crop will grow. As you can see I have some peppers growing to the left and some spinach to the right. How about this one though? I tried to poison my family with my sautéed, creamed spinach last night. I made it all up and had it cooked up ready to go for when Cam got home. As I was tidying up I realised that one of the stalks of the spinach was actually pink. Hmmmm. I realised then that it was not spinach, it was in fact a rhubarb stem. Though a bit sad that I had to turf one of the sides for dinner I was actually chuffed as this meant the rhubarb had spring up again. Love a nice surprise in the patch. Anyone actually been crook from eating the leaves from rhubarb before? I also planted some sweet peas to attract some bees, spring onions and some more spinach in here.
Remember I made this last Christmas? See the painted red poppy seed heads. I cracked these babies open and sprinkled them into these little pots, and they have germinated on the shelf in the shed. I love it. Not only that, but the pots are recycled coffee pods from my Woolworths coffee machine. I chucked the left over coffee grinds into the veggie patch and have reused the pots and they are working to their full potential.
We have also salvaged a tomato seedling that also popped up from the compost heap and placed it on the shelf in the shed. Hopefully its warm enough in there to get some fruit off it.
I will keep you posted on how it all comes along. I will be tackling a herb garden next and a take three for the vertical palate garden. I have some weeds that need a seeing to so ill leave it there for today.
Have you got your winter veggies in yet?
What are you going to grow.