The last of the pumpkins were cut and are now sitting on the front verandah in a sunny spot to allow their skins to harden. They did really well growing on ladders this summer, I think I'll try the same way again next year..
Ditto for the kale. I am totally impressed with the size of the kale in the same bed. After building the initial levels of wood/manure/compost, the seedlings were put in and have received no further love, except for a little sprinkle of water when things were looking dry..
I can feel some minestrone coming on..
After pondering over the likely benefits of planting garlic earlier or later, I decided to just jump in and do it now. I think I waited a little longer last year and we had several bulbs develop rot. I'm not sure if this was related to planting time or rains near harvesting, but after discussing it with Kirsty and hearing of her success with good size bulbs planted earlier, there was no more delaying it..
We still had plenty of cloves from last years harvest to plant out along with some gorgeous purple cloves from Kirsty's garden that she shared with me over summer.
Our rhubarb was becoming thick and crowded so I yanked them all out and thinned them down into smaller, individual plants. They were put in alongside our round beds, close to the back door. I really love this variety - I'm not sure of the name as they were gifted to me from a gardening friend, because the stems are always red!
Glorious ruby red! ♥ Love! ♥
Finally, finally we are getting lemons on our lemon tree! After being in the ground for a few years now it is at last producing good sized lemons, each year a little more than the last. Oh, the plans I have for these lemons...
Perhaps a little lemon butter, or a lemon delicious pudding. How about a lemon and poppy seed cake and maybe even one day we'll have enough to make some lemonade! Imagine that!!
More beds were cleared and I am performing a lazy gardeners technique of winter bed improvement - Sheet composting. I have basically been piling up all of the garden prunings, chopped corn stalks, pumpkin vines, seeded plants etc and am just laying them on the surface of beds. All of the organic kitchen waste is being added as well and once there is a decent layer of organic matter, I will cover the whole lot up with a generous blanket of straw and let the bed sleep until summer.
The worms love it and move in promptly, breaking down the organic matter into beautiful, rich soil to grow in next summer. If only we didn't have a regular fox visiting, I would add my chooky girls to the beds in their dome as well! But that is not to be, until I can think of a way to have a fox proof dome...
How are things in your patch?