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52 Shades of My Veggie Patch: Week 38


Autumn 2013

8520317-macro-of-red-and-black-currant-bunches-and-leaves-isolated-on-whiteI’ve not been into my veggie patch in two weeks. I admit, the sudden turn in the weather has kept me mostly indoors with a wooly hat down over my ears!
I have been thinking about my garden, though.
Like what kind of wood I should make the beds out of. And how am I going to move the red/black currant bushes. Where am I going to move the red/black currant bushes to?
I figure that they need a lot of sun.
I honestly won’t be so sad if they don’t survive the transplant. My raspberries, on the other hand, would almost make me weep if they didn’t survive.
On that, my mother has a different variety of raspberries that were fruiting only a month ago! I need to get some cuttings from her so that I can have an extended supply of raspberries.
Gosh I love raspberries.


52 Shades of My Veggie Patch: Week 36


Autumn 2013


The  veggie patch is 70% wastelands at the moment as I pulled up the dead and finished capsicum, tomato, zucchini and (forgotten) bean plants. It is all part of the rebuild the garden plan. A bit depressing in the meantime, though. All bare.

I got about 3kg of tomatoes off the plants (left some particularly hard green ones on the plants to go to waste). They will be made into Green Tomato Chutney as per Stephanie Alexander’s recipe.

tomvarieteiesThe tomatoes really were a raging success this year. Sure, some more so than others, but overall I couldn’t be happier. My plant selection was pretty good: Principe Borghese, Health Kick, Reggae Roma, Green Zebra and Beams Yellow Pear. The winner was the pear. Both for taste and yield. The green zebra tasted great, but my plant was a bit stunted so I got tiny tomatoes and not many of them!! The borghese were also really delicious. The health kick tasted good, but I didn’t get a whole heap. Same with the Reggae Roma. This is all in comparison to how many I got from the pear. I’m not sure if it is because the reggae roma and health kick were in pots or if that is just how much larger varieties yield.

Next year I am going to plant different large ones. Maybe those ones that are all kind of bumpy (obviously, some research needed).


52 Shades of My Veggie Patch: Week 35


Autumn 2013

I haven’t actually been out in my vegie patch this week. I’ve been rotten sick and hating every second of it.

It did however give me some time to look for inspirational garden design pictures for when we re-do the vege garden. It sort of solidified my thoughts on needing a bigger space, but I’m not going to move the patch to a completely different spot. Instead I need to work on finding a new solution for the clothes line. At the moment I have a Hill’s Hoist which takes up a lot of space that could otherwise be garden. I need to look into getting one of those retractable lines and attaching it to the shed….some how.

Here are some picture I found. I like the idea of garden beds with tall posts on the corners to accommodate netting and trellis. My tomatoes were an absolute mess of netting and wobbly stick this year. I want something stable and reliable (said every girl ever).

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