Things are definitely slowing down in both gardens. When I got to the Country Garden yesterday morning my aunt and I took our usual initial walk around to observe the changes since the previous week and work out what's on my task list for the day. I love this first little peaceful walk around each week.
At first glance it seemed like there wasn't really anything to do. But looking closely I realised that there is still some action, and there were several things to put on the list for the day:
- Pull out rocket and dill that is finished, making sure all seed pods having been saved
- Transplant coriander seedlings into that barrel
- Plant out two seedling trays with onion seeds
- Plant out another with radish seeds
- Weed the pea shoots that are coming up through the pea straw protecting the brassicas
- Add more mulch to the fennel bed
Using the polystyrene boxes that the restaurant gets its fish orders in as seedling trays has been working really well. They are a good size and insulate the seedlings quite well. But the nights are now getting really cold, so we have decided to buy some mini-greenhouses to protect the seedlings over winter and hopefully allow us to keep them growing. We counted up that there are now nearly 30 boxes, so it will be good to "hide" them in the greenhouses as it's getting a bit out of control!!
The other exciting planning to be done is that we've decided that we really need more large beds, so are about to order another three. I get excited when we get one new barrel, so three beds is like Christmas!! The biggest priority for the beds is to satiate our huge love and craving for fresh, new, heritage variety potatoes. We've ordered so much seed potato that we definitely need more space. My next task is to work out the planting plan for the Spring/ Summer season with the extra space. I'll post my plan once I've worked it out.
The final task of the day was harvesting. The cavelo nero and silverbeet keeps going valiantly, keeping us in healthy greens, complemented by the Red Pak Choy (pretty sure that's what it is!); then there was fennel, celery, carrots, a few baby beetroots, leek, spring onions and radish, which I'm going to try tonight using Annie Smithers' recipe for them served simply with butter, salt and pepper. The variety of vegetables is less than a few months ago, but thanks to the faithful greens, we are still able to eat almost entirely from the garden. In the coming weeks/ months the peas and broad beans will kick in, followed by the brassicas, hopefully getting us through to Spring and Summer.