What's in your vegie patch?

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby minnie » Thu Dec 23, 2010 4:26 pm

Hi Heidi,

I did the nectrines the other night like the peaches some weeks back, poached in brandy and had hot with ice-cream.... yummo!

I'll try the brown sugar version... that's sounds good too.
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Heidi » Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:32 pm

I'm a glutton for punishment, and a bargain... just bought 10kg of white peaches to preserve! Guess how I'm spending Christmas Eve?
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby minnie » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:28 am

I hope they're 'free stone' Heidi... ;)
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Heidi » Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:58 pm

Alas, no, they are clingstone, so will need to scoop the seed out, rather than the easy slice and pull apart method! Its okay though, the taste is worth it! (remind me I wrote this when I'm whinging on Boxing Day about the cuts to my fingers!).
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Mojojo » Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:22 pm

Well, my first serious vegie patch is in swing. I think I've just picked the last cucumber, the plants look like they've had it. Which is good, because I am kind of sick of cucumber.
The 11 roma tomatoes I planted are busy making little green tomatoes, and the lettuce I know is hiding somewhere between the rows, must try and find it. The yellow and green stripey tomatoes are producing quite happily. I seem to have a knck for growing tomatoes, either because they are easy, or more likely, because I don't eat them. The romas I will bottle though if they produce well enough, I do eat cooked tomatoes.

The Kai Lan did pretty much nothing except attract aphids. It was much appreciated and gobbled down by the white rabbit that appeared in the back yard today though, until such a point as the back neighbour came home and it was determined that the rabbit belonged to them. Gave me an awful fright when I heard a rustling noise, looked around expecting to see a snake but it Mr P. Rabbit instead! He loves a good scratch. Hope he does not try to come back now that he knows where to find the goodies.

Beans are starting to get productive, and the first of the seeds I sowed the plants are over 2m tall. I think we will have a lot of beans. I kept worrying they were not going to survive the summer heat, so I kept planting more.

Sweet corn, well I thought we got it in a bit late. It did not grow very high, and we have had one full size cob and numerous smaller - one person - sized ones. Going to dig this bed up and plant it out entirely with garlic.
4 little sugar baby watermelons on the vine. Lots more flowers. They were also in a bit late.

I just planted out the leeks I sowed a whileback. 4 rows of ten or so leeks. I've dug trenches, plantedin the bottom, and very very lightly sprinked in some sugar cane mulch. I think I might try shallots in the rest of that bed, if I can find any to plant.

Now, what to plant after the tomates, and beans.... Must go and figure out if its too late for beetroot.
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Heidi » Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:24 am

Hi Jo,
That all sounds great! Do you eat sundried romas at all? Alternatively, you can very slow cook them in the oven, sliced in half, a drizzle of olive oil and some herbs sprinkled on to them, and they are great on sandwiches, or in a salad. So, have you grown garlic before? I got some home grown garlic of a friend the other day, and am a bit nervous about planting it, as I don't want it to just rot in the ground. Any tips?
Beans sound wonderful. My last lot were successful, but I just didn't get to harvest them because of the flood.

I have my own vegie patch, but this year I also have a "surrogate" vegie patch. My son's school has six small raised gardens that the kids grow little things in, but they have a huge vegie patch that the school hopes to use as a market garden type. So, we rotaried hoed it with a tractor, and mulched it, and now have planted half out with Gramma pumpkins and half out with Qld Blues. We have about 30 odd pumpkin vines just poking their heads up now. If our school can sell the pumpkins for even 1 or 2 dollars each, it will be a great bonus to our school, and the kids will have so much fun harvesting them and selling them, earning their own money so to speak!

Thanks for sharing Jo, your vegie garden really does sound productive!

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Mojojo » Sat Mar 12, 2011 10:35 am

I've been reading up about garlic. Everything I can find says plant between Feb and April (for WA) free draining soil not exceedingly rich, ie manured for a previous crop, likes a bit of lime, complete fertiliser through the growing period, and stop watering it when the leaves start to turn yellow in September/October, then the bulb will harden up, and harvest a month later. Its if you water in that last month that makes it rot, or if n ot rot then not keep for very long. Also needs a cold winter. Plants at 10cm spacing rows at 25-30cm.
This is my first time growing it so fingers crossed!

I don't mind sundried tomatoes, just a little bit - oven dried I will have to try thanks Heidi. I do love pasta sauce made entirely from tomatoes, and fresh tomato and basil soup. Its just fresh tomatoes, I think its the texture that gets me.

I love that you are doing that with the school Heidi. School gardens are so wonderful in so many ways.
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby minnie » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:38 am

Hi Jo,

Sounds wonderful, I'm green with envy... so far the chooks have just about killed the little bit that came up here, so I wait until they're yard is done. At the moment we've got the worm farm going (thank you to Gyn :D ) and will then concentrate on just feeding the soil.

Heidi, we grew garlic a few years back at Hogarth Range and they grew big with big bulbs (they say make sure planted before Anzac Day) but the rain hit and wouldn't stop, so I pulled them and tried lots of ways to dry them, dehydrator took a week non stop for the individual cloves (next time I'd crush and do like a roll up).

It's worth trying and see how you go. Jo would get the weather at the right time with a wet winter and dry summer, where we're the opposite.

I got my garlic from Green Harvest and the year after planting ordered more, but I was late putting it in so just ate it instead (organic and looked better than the supermarket), this year I didn't order any but will next year. I'll try the elephant as it's kinder if it rains I've heard... but check that.
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby kexkez » Sun May 08, 2011 2:07 pm

Ripped out the cherry tomato plants. I'll be digging them in next weekend. Dug in some organic soil improver to different a patch and planted some garlic. A work friend gave me 7 bulbs? to split up. She had told me it was too early to plant them before now. Shes' been growing garlic for 20 years and said hers are" the best" She gets comments from lots of people about them so I thought I'd give it a try. I also put in some new garden stakes and planted 8 snow pea seedlings.
Next weekend hopefully I'll add some more to the veggie patch.

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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Shadowgirlau » Mon Jun 06, 2011 10:30 am

Okay so what is everyone up to in their patch?
How is your garlic coming along Jo?

I have been sorting out my garden netting and so far have prepared 4 bed nets with only 4 to go. Have experimented with the nets, using them the first year and not using them last year. The veg all grew much better with the nets in place so I can only assume that the micro climate the nets provided were just perfect.

The berry vines are growing well (too well really) so I have had to prune them back yet again. Would rather do this though then let them get out of hand and in reality if I do it often then it only takes a few minutes.
Currently we have swede, brown onions, parsnips, carrots, silver beet, broccoli, caulifower and cabbages in the garden.
Ave some beetroot seeds which I was unable to find until last night so they will be added today.

The pumpkin seeds that we were sent from one of the kind forum members produced lovely pumpkins. Still have a couple of them hardening off.

Kathleen
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Mojojo » Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:58 am

The garlic seems to be going great guns, we ended up planting them on Anzac day as just after I bought the garlic I saw and article in a mag about a fellow that grows a few hundred kilos of organic garlic somewhere in our region, and he plants them on Anzac day so we followed suit. I had to have a snoop last week and kind of felt down around one bulb, and it was fattening up well. Fingers crossed!

What kind of nets are they Kathleen? Something specifically made for the purpose of the recycled curtain kind?

Jealous! :mrgreen: I wish I had the 'too many berries' problem. Been thinking I might try get a few in this winter. Hopefully we can set up the watering system for the future house orchard and berry patch this year so I can get things underway out on the farm... then by the time we build out there I will have a five year old orchard.
~ Jo
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Re: What's in your vegie patch?

Postby Shadowgirlau » Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:45 am

Jo I was really worried about the berries getting away and becoming a problem so I have trellised mine and am keeping them cut back. Looks small but I get a ton of berries so it seems as we certainly had more than enough to eat fresh and make into jams etc.

The veggie garden nets come from a couple in Northcliffe who have a web site where they sell them from. Their a lovely couple, very helpful and their service is great. I will post the link to their website in the links section.
I love the nets, they really do keep those pesky white butterflies (and subsequent caterpillars) off my brassicas providing I make sure to keep the leaves away from the net as they will then land on the net and do their thing . Saying this I really have had very little problem since I started using them.

Cheers
Kathleen
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