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Post  ericam on 5/1/2012, 3:30 am

Well the sweet potato has survived being dug up at least three times by the toddler and seems to be growing well.



The strawberries are looking great and we've had a few fruit off it now. The ants have gotten a few too which is annoying, but what do you do?!




The microgreens are still producing lots of leaves. But now that the weather has turned cooler we're eating less salad so we're not going through as many. I foresee a few stir frys in the near future.

The carrots are all looking great, my eldest son is desperate to start picking them but I think they need a while yet unless we want baby carrots!

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Post  givvmistamps on 5/1/2012, 3:44 am

Looking good Erica! It's fun watching your garden to see what many in my region might be doing in about six months. Very Happy

Have you thought about giving that toddler of yours a separate little 2'x2' garden? If you have a sweet potato laying around that's sprouting you could cut it up and put starts in the "toddler garden", plant a few spare seeds in other squares, then say that your garden is off limits.

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Post  ericam on 5/1/2012, 4:06 am

He's been pretty good, usually he doesn't touch the garden so I'm not sure why the sweet potato copped such a bashing in that first week. Anyway he lost interest and hasn't touched it since.

He wanted to dig this afternoon whilst I was harvesting the microgreens so I let him go nuts in an empty square with LOTS of admonitions to only dig where mummy says! We'll see how that works out!

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Post  givvmistamps on 5/1/2012, 4:32 am

Glad to hear that. Maybe he just wanted to see what was going on under those leaves, and now he's seen it so is ready to move on to something new. Some kids get obsessed with things, and others have to explore something new every second. You may have one of the latter. Very Happy

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Post  JustMe on 5/1/2012, 11:30 pm

Thank you for sharing your pics. I love seeing the progression of the garden as everything grows. Your boxes are neat. I've not seen many rectangular ones made of metal.

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Post  ericam on 5/22/2012, 6:12 pm

Thanks, JustMe. Those beds are made by an Aussie company Hills Industries, maker of the iconic Hills Hoist!

Garden is still going well, had to pick something off my broccoli plants last week, think they were baby caterpillars and they were eating little holes all over my plant! Evil or Very Mad

Picked our first carrots last weekend, they were Nantes that I planted in Feb. My son loved taking them to school and telling his class that they were "homemade". Laughing

This is the first one I picked, it was a bit strange in shape and the top was way longer than the carrot but it still tasted good.



The second one was a much better looking carrot, still not that long though, 6-7" at the most.


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Post  Goosegirl on 5/22/2012, 9:47 pm

@ericam wrote:
Picked our first carrots last weekend, they were Nantes that I planted in Feb. My son loved taking them to school and telling his class that they were "homemade". Laughing

This is the first one I picked, it was a bit strange in shape and the top was way longer than the carrot but it still tasted good.



The second one was a much better looking carrot, still not that long though, 6-7" at the most.


They are big enough to recognize as carrots! Can't ask for better than that!

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Post  FamilyGardening on 5/22/2012, 10:17 pm

homemade carrots......how cute is that!!

pretty soon your son may not want to eat any other carrots.....my son only wants to eat the carrots that still have their tops on Razz he calls the REAL carrots LOL

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Post  ericam on 5/23/2012, 8:06 am

Forgot to say, my lemon tree is going crazy, lots of new growth and looks really good. But the mandarin is dropping its leaves, not sure why...

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Post  ericam on 6/11/2012, 1:01 am

Well my mandarin is still dropping leaves but it hasn't died yet so here's hoping it revives!

Pulled out the squares of microgreens the other day and have planted 2 squares of dwarf peas and 1 of onion seeds. Will need to plant more carrots soon, our first square of carrots is almost gone now and they have been very yummy.

The leeks are starting to look great and the first broccoli I planted is getting very tall, no sign of a head yet.

So here is bed 1

The carrots at the front are purple dragon carrots and I can't wait to havest those.

And bed 2


The top hat has the carrot week carrots in it and the square in front is the partially harvested one which were also Nantes.

The strawberries are still putting out fruit, we even get the occasional one that the ants miss and I got some cheap pansy plants a few weeks ago and have planted them on the other side of the citrus trees. Love the deep purple!


My sweet potato slips are growing slowly too, it's the wrong time of year for them but I did find out recently that they will grow in our area. A community garden in the next suburb has some huge ones that they grew over summer so I'm hoping mine will just chug along until summer and then go nuts!


Bought two new beds the other day which are now sitting in the shed until I find the time to set them up, can't wait to have the extra growing space, I've already bought corn seeds ready for spring! Laughing

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Post  Goosegirl on 6/11/2012, 7:26 am

Looking great, Erica! I can't wait until I have something to harvest besides my Egyptian Walking Onions!

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Post  ericam on 8/5/2012, 3:34 am

It's been a cold winter for us this year and my vege patch gets less sun than I thought it would so it's all going a bit slowly but there's still growing happening on this side of the world.

The mandarin tree has finally died and I pulled it out today. Mixed feelings about that one, a bit sad for the tree but by moving the strawberries and pansies to the other bed I now have room for another 6 squares! Just have to get some more tomato stakes to form a grid and then I can plant some more things as all of my other squares are full now.


So here's Bed 1 - carrots in the square next to the leeks, garlic in front of that, onions in front of the leeks and the cauliflower and broccoli are doing well on the other side. Had to stake the broccoli today, the kids from next door and their dog were playing in our yard for a while this afternoon and then the dog started jumping in my garden and chewing my garlic shoots. Needless to say it was rapidly banned from my yard! Evil or Very Mad It managed to get back in a while later and this time it flattened the broccolli, hence the stake.



Bed 2 from the front - As you can see the broccoli that I planted in February has gone nuts, very tall but it has only just started forming a head. The squares in front of and beside the broccoli have peas and the other squares are carrots. The top hat is my Carrot Week carrots which are plodding along slowly.



Bed 2 from the back, the lemon tree is doing well, probably need to feed it as I noticed today that the leaves are a bit yellow. I moved the 2 pansies from the other bed so there's a nice cluster of them now and I also moved the strawberry plants so they are all together now.


This is one of the squares of peas, thought I was buying a dwarf bush type of pea but it looks more like a climber at this stage!

Still haven't put the new beds in yet, been a bit busy lately with other things but I'm hoping to get to it soon. My son's soccer season finishes next week so that will give me back my Saturdays!

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Post  ericam on 8/5/2012, 8:08 am

I was just looking through my planting app and realised I planted that first broccoli in March not Feb so it hasn't been as long as I thought. Mind you the app says to harvest in July but it has only just started forming a head.

Forgot to mention the sweet potato, I didn't bother taking a pic of it this time as it doesn't look much different to last time. A few extra leaves but it is still quite small. Hasn't died though, so that's a plus! Laughing

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Post  elliephant on 8/5/2012, 10:35 am

I grow my broccoli through the cold season here, too, and it always takes longer than it is "supposed to."

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Post  ericam on 8/13/2012, 10:38 pm

Two new SFG beds on their way, just have to measure up, mark and then level the ground



My "helper" talked daddy into having a snooze in the new "bed"!


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Post  ericam on 8/15/2012, 7:12 am



They're in! My SFG is expanding, yay!

Bought all the ingredients for my MM and the stakes for the grid this afternoon so I'll be bringing out the tarp and mixing tomorrow afternoon.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/15/2012, 12:34 pm

@ericam wrote:
My "helper" talked daddy into having a snooze in the new "bed"!

How ding dang cute is that?!?

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Post  ericam on 8/17/2012, 12:25 am

Thanks, CC, he is pretty cute! Should have heard him not long after that pic, hubby told him it was time for his afternoon sleep and he was determined to sleep in his outside bed. Didn't matter what we said he wasn't going to budge, in the end hubby carried him off to bed crying the whole way.


I'm regretting yesterday's apathy attack, should have gotten off my backside and mixed my MM like I had planned. Today started out OK, a bit breezy but not too bad, have gotten two tarps of MM mixed and have had to pack up. The wind got too bad and it started raining. Sigh. The rain's not too bad, just sprinkles really so I could have kept going but the wind is just terrible, as I was packing up my tarp and buckets were all blowing away! Hopefully tomorrow afternoon is better otherwise it will be at least Monday before I can get back to it.

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Post  ericam on 8/20/2012, 12:26 am

Well the weekend ended up too windy and too busy but today was perfect, so here they are all filled and ready to go. Well almost, I still have to figure out some trellis for them but by the time I'm ready to plant that should be sorted.



The rest of the seeds that I ordered arrived today as well so it is all stations go!

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Post  Goosegirl on 8/20/2012, 8:42 am

Looking good! Can't wait to see them all turning green with sprouts!

I can just picture the wailing and blubbering from not being able to sleep in the 'outside bed'!

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Post  ericam on 8/26/2012, 1:07 am

Had a great day yesterday, mixed up more MM for when I start my potato bags and mixed up more 5 blend compost as my compost pile isn't useable yet. So I have a garbage bin full of blended compost ready for use in my squares or for mixing more MM and a garbage bin and a bit of MM ready to go as well.

Planted a few more squares yesterday, that's it until next month now, then the bulk of my planting can start.

1 onion, 2 peas, 1 carrot and 1 winter microgreens. I know they are supposed to be for winter but we found them great for salads so I'm getting them started now as I have to wait to start the lettuce and we are starting to get a little bit of salad weather.

My 3yo had a wonderful time helping me plant the peas and insisted on helping me do the microgreens and carrots. The seeds were a little small but he did pretty well, might just have to snip a few extra carrots!

Did a rough plan of what I'm growing where and am really looking forward to growing corn, decided to go crazy and will be dedicating a whole 3 x 4 to the corn. Corn on the cob and corn relish here we come! bounce

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Post  walshevak on 8/26/2012, 1:51 am

This is so cool. We nothern hemisphere folks can garden get our winter fix in your garden.


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Post  jjlonsdale on 4/16/2013, 7:00 pm

I realize it's been a long time -- but I was just browsing the forum and read through this thread -- and if you've got an update I'd love to see it!

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Post  ericam on 4/16/2013, 8:52 pm

Thanks for asking, there are some more recent posts in the Australian region forum but it has still been a while...

Will go and take some photos and post something in the Aussie forum today. Thanks for the memory jog! Very Happy

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