Now is a great time to get your garden going and growing! The weather where I live on the NSW South Coast has been lovely for gardening, so I have been taking advantage it. This year I kept planting right through winter since our winters are very mild. The result is that the garden is quite full even though it is only early spring. Rather than feeling I need to plant whole beds at a time I have been just pulling out spent plants, then adding some new compost in patches and planting new seedlings. This approach seems to be working really well and we seem to have a succession of produce to harvest. I have been gardening now for around seven years and it seems like I am finally beginning to grasp the whole successional planting thing. That is one of the great things about gardening, you can always keep learning new skills. So don’t despair if some things don’t work … just put it down to experience and learn from your mistakes, believe me I’ve made plenty!
If you are hoping to start a veggie garden I would really encourage you to start small to keep things manageable, and to build up to a bigger garden as your skills grow. I started with a very small area of about 2 square metres, and now our little “farm” area covers about one third of our backyard! You can find some hints for starting a garden here. Also try to grow things which are easy to start with, I would recommend silver beet, endive, and cos lettuce. I grow plenty of these because they just about grow themselves and they keep us and the chooks in greens all year round!
Over winter, I prepared some sections of the garden beds by digging in some compost and chook manure from our chickens. Over the last few weeks I have planted lots of new seedlings in the freshly prepared spots.
Over the last six weeks or so we have had a lovely display of blossoms on our fruit trees. This peach tree had magnificent pink blossoms which have since been pollinated and the fruit has set. I love this tree because it is ready to harvest in early December which means it doesn’t usually have any fruit fly damage. Our nectarine tree also had a wonderful display of deep pink flowers, but it fruits a little later and is more susceptible to fruit fly damage. This year my goal is to sew netting bags to protect the fruit from fruit fly, so that is on my agenda over the next few weeks.
So if you have been thinking about getting out in the garden, then get out and do it, you will reap wonderful rewards for your effort!