In My Garden…

December 7, 2011

gardening

A few weeks ago there was nothing but weeds and grass and clover in my veggie garden.

Then we mowed, and weed whacked and got the tractor out and then there was dirt…. lots and lots of dirt, and a fair bit of mud.

growing food

Then the sun came out and I dug in the dirt and the mud. I carted bucket fulls of good dirt to raise up beds out of the mud… and finally I planted.

growing herbs

I know it is already December. I know most of our veggies should have gone in more than a month ago, but I don’t care. I am not a fussy gardener, I don’t care that our zucchinis will be late or that our tomatoes might never ripen. I don’t care if we don’t grow a single cucumber.

chives

It is just nice to be back out there and mucking around in the garden.

spring onion seed head

And no matter what, there will always be rhubarb… and mint.

rhubarb

What’s growing in your garden?



{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Belinda December 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Chives, shallots and parsley dominate my garden and some spinach that is thinking about going to seed and a few carrots for Ruldoph and his reindeer mates.

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katef December 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm

how cool to be able to pull carrots from your own garden for the reindeer… must remember that for next year!

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Kelly December 7, 2011 at 3:14 pm

JEALOUS of your garden! Looks beautiful. we live in Chicago, where winter is just starting. I finally finished clearing out the garden a few weeks ago and now there’s nothing there but sad, dead dirt. All the planters are inside and the only spot of joy is the Christmas lights strung around the window boxes. Hopefully we’ll be planning our spring garden soon!

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katef December 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Oh but winter is the best time to garden…. I do all my best gardening in my head, it seems my imagination doesn’t know the limits of time, money and back breaking digging! LOL

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bubble936 December 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm

beans and zucchini inour garden

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Kyrstie December 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Rhubarb and mint are both delicious! Isn’t it amazing how fast things grow at this time of year. I am sure you will have a bumper crop! We have lots of spinach at the moment, lettuce, herbs artichokes and a whopping amount of leeks nearly ready. Maybe we can do a veggie swap :)

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katef December 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm

oh leeks… I have never managed to get them to grow. Did you buy seedlings or start them from seed?

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Debbie @ Aspiring Mum December 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

My Pop always had rhubarb in his garden – so we always had rhubarb with every meal when we visited :) I’m thankful that the previous owners of our home planted a gorgeous garden – so we have oranges, mangos, chillies and lemons. I’m eyeing off part of our garden for a vegie patch for the kids.

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dixiebelle December 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Great attitude to have with gardening! We have loads in, including several types of zuchini, squash and pumpkins, beans (Purple King, Rattlesnake, Edamame, Scarlet Runner, Dwarf and Roc d’Or), several types of capsicums & chillies, eggplants, potatoes, and several types of tomatoes (Black Russian, San Marzano, Rouge de Marmande, Longkeeper, Peron & Red Fig), a couple of types of corn and beetroot, leeks, spinach, plus our berries & fruit trees, including raspberries, apples, nectarines, apricots and plums, and loads of herbs! Can you tell I love heirloom produce??!!

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dixiebelle December 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Oh, and cucumbers too!

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Sherilee December 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm

dixiebelle, are you in Victoria? There’ll be a study next year on the volumes of produce you can get from home gardens and he gets you to weigh your produce and send in the results. It sounds like you have a lot growing. He’s just getting started with it and we’ll be in Gardening Aust mag in March.

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Jane December 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Have planted tomato, strawberries, beans, cucumbers but haven’t been too successful in the veggie garden in recent years, so we’ll see what actually eventuates! My Miss 4 was very excited though as a few months ago they made Potato people at kindy and when they started to turn green and sprout we suggested she plant them in the garden. On the weekend she was thrilled to discover the crop of potatoes that had grown from them! Mucking around in the garden is great for all ages!

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Melissa Jane December 7, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Nice job in the garden Kate. I have been in our garden planting another couple of tomato plants. Frost killed the last lot. Our strawberries are going well though.

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Jodi Gibson @ Lipgloss Mumma (formerly The Scribble Den) December 8, 2011 at 6:29 am

Hangs head in shame….. weeds :( We have simply been too busy for our poor neglected garden this year, but the mint is growing well!

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Heather @ Life Gluten Free December 8, 2011 at 8:37 am

It was so fun to see these pictures! Our garden is under snow, since it is winter here.

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Anna Kanook December 8, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Our garden is looking great. Having decided to plant a silverbeet forest amongst the ludicrous number of camelias. I’ve filled every gap I can find with something edible. So we have had a fantastic crop of snow peas, potatoes, corn, strawberries, beans, silverbeet, bok choi, loads of herbs and a massive amount of zucchini under the lime tree, there’s also some really odd looking thing that was supposed to be a cucumber but is more like zucchini, but light green and grows in an almost perfect circle shape. (does anyone have any idea what that is???- it’s tasty) and now the melons are coming on but we’re getting a lot of cold rain so I’m worried for them. Come on melons…..we need you.

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Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo December 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

agapanthus and weeds.

And a dead mint plant.

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Sherilee December 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm

lol, how did you manage to kill mint? I might need to know for future reference. Can’t get rid of it!

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erey December 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Lots and lots of strawberries! ..if only i could keep the birds away from them, we might actually get to enjoy some..
Red tomato, yellow tomato, cherry tomato..
Brocollini …just wanted to see what it was like..
spinach, lettuce, silverbeet
3 types of chilli
coriander, basil, thyme, holy basil, mint,
minature lemon tree, lime and blueberries.
..and i just planted some purple carrot seeds…i really hope they work!
We’ve done a lot of work on our vegie patch this season and the kids are really enjoying ‘helping’ (read: eating every bit of ripe fruit before it makes it inside)

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Sherilee December 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Try stringing up some bird scaring wire. In the breeze, it makes a humming noise they don’t like. It’s kept the birds off my peaches and berries.

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