Early September Garden Photos

Spring is truly amazing. Trees which have looked dead for months suddenly burst with blossoms and tiny fluorescent green or red leaf buds. The peas in the vegetable patch have grown 1.5 to 2 metres tall within the past few weeks, and the broad beans are covered in flowers. It’s that time of year when gardening is easy; life abounds. All of the hard work of previous seasons starts to pay off, with well-mulched and fertilized fruit trees bearing the flowers of future harvests, and the vegetable patch brimming with lettuce, turnips and parsley. In the next few weeks we will begin to establish our summer garden – with tomato, capsicum and squash seedlings soon to flourish in our small greenhouse.

Here are some snaps of our spring garden as it appeared this afternoon.

Enjoy!

Part of the freshly weeded vege patch, with Grosse Lisse seedlings in the foreground (close up below). It looks a bit empty, I know, but that’s a winter garden for you! In later spring/summer this would be far more overgrown. We’ll post pics up then to compare.

Our first Spring Star Lavender flower for the season.

New climbing rose growth.

Peas.

Lily.

First jonquils of the season.

New ivy.

New growth.

New flowers and growth.

A fig amongst the ferns!

Purple flowering creeper.

Happy chooks scratching.

Blossoms (plum?).

Apricot blossoms.

Blossoms (we’re yet to find out what fruit tree this is!)

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5 thoughts on “Early September Garden Photos

  1. …ain’t it grand…
    Our chooks are happily on the lay again, they stopped for quite a while over winter.
    I’m not a big fan of Grosse Lisse – they seem to get too big and powdery for my liking. We’re trying Pompador’s this year, which I got from a lovely grocery near my work.
    Sorry I’m not much help with the blossoms, but at the moment, who cares about the fruit, just love the flowers, and the bees… love the bees…
    We’ve got some waist-high Crimson Broadbeans in too, whose dark red flowers look tremendous.
    Great garden shots.. Insipres me to try to get my camera out on the weekend.

  2. Grosse Lisse aren’t bad for cooking. They’re sometimes not the best fresh tomato, but yeah.. generally we prefer them for cooking. It was a toss up at the shop between cherry tomatoes, romas, and another variety. We have saved seeds from last season of these types, but I don’t think we have any for Grosse Lisse’s, so I thought we’d give them a shot. I bought some sweet mixed capsicums, too, which by the looks of the picture on the punnet are more like paprikas than capsicums per se. Should be interesting to see what they bring.

    Hopefully I’ll have some time at the end of the week to do some gardening. I’m planning on extending the vege patch to double the size it currently is, so that we can put in a heap of tomatoes and squash in a few weeks.

    We haven’t grown crimson broadbeans I don’t think, but last year we were given some scarlet runner beans and they had similarly beautiful flowers. They didn’t produce many pods though – I don’t think they like the climate much. Last year’s broadbeans cropped really well and we got a couple of 2L icecream containers full which we froze and enjoyed for months afterward. They were absolutely delicious fresh, too.

    The best general-type beans we’ve grown, though, are some we ordered from Eden Seeds called ‘Lazy Housewife beans’. These rocked – we got quite a large crop from them. Check out Eden Seeds if you haven’t already – they sell a heap of fantastic heirloom varieties, rare varieties, as well as tried and tested drought-tolerant ones.

    The best crop we’ve ever grown overall is by far the squash family (specifically zucchinis). Every year we (quite literally!) dump a shitload of liquid chook manure on them, as well as a good few handfuls of blood and bone and, if they’re lucky, an occasional dose of liquid seaweed and/or fish emulsion. For a few years running now we’ve produced massive crops – they grow so fast so quickly. Some that were obscured by the leaves or were left on the vine a little longer through lazyness have on many occasions grown in excess of 2 kilos. We slice these in half, take out the seeds, and stuff and bake them. Either that or make zucchini soup (my absolute favourite!!).

    Re: the chooks, winter can do that. How old are they? Light has a lot to do with their laying patterns, so increasing their access to light / letting them out of their coop earlier in the morning can improve things. Jackie French suggests putting their roosting poles in a sunny position, and giving them a warm mash in the morning. Also putting them on layer pellets and providing adequate access to shell grit helps, too. They sell 40kg sacks of layer pellets at a service station on Great Eastern Highway near Mundaring for around $23. This usually lasts our 3 hens about 3-4 months (they’re also fed frequent kitchen scraps and the occasional oat, wheat or corn mash).

    Thanks for responding and sorry for the rambling response! 😛

    P.S. Um, are you from Perth? If not, maybe disregard the servo hint! Then again, you might find similarly priced sacks of feed at servos in similar semi-rural areas near you. Maybe look in the yellow pages and go for a drive some weekend (or get someone to drive you if you’re like us and have no car!)

    Cheers!

  3. No, I’m not from Perth. We’re in Victoria, at the bottom of the Dandenong Ranges.

    Our chooks have been with us for 3-4 years. They were pullets when we got them. They have a fully enclosed run, with a shed, so they let themselves out each morning. They are on the shadier side of our block though, so deep winter may affect them. It was also darn cold here, down to about 5degrees.

    Scarlet Runners are a great bean, delicious off the vine. But I think they need a bit of cool to help them set beans. My father-in-law used to spray his flowers with fine mist to help them set. Also, they are reputed to last 7 years, so don’t rip those vines out!

    I’ve seen the Lazy Housewife beans in Eden Seeds, but never bought them. My wife has got a Diggers Club thing at the moment, so we tend to get their seeds. I might have to break that trend though, as I love beans.

    Would love to see the zucchini soup recipe sometime, as we always have a glut of them too.
    Cheers,
    gizo

  4. Ah, yeah, chooks can be a bit temperamental with the weather. Ours have over the years gone off laying for a bit.. like a mini holiday I think. We haven’t had any problems this winter though – they’ve been laying 2-3 a day like clockwork.

    Glad to know you’ve seen the Eden Seeds catalogue – they’re great hey! We bought about $50 worth of seeds off them last year, including purple carrots and brocolli and some strange pumpkin varieties. Their perrenial squash are fantastic – they taste like zucchini and are extremely prolific. We got more than we could use, and all were about the size of a football or larger. The vine pretty much dies off in summer and comes back in the cooler months. It should last at least two seasons though if you look after it.

    I haven’t bought from the Diggers Club before, but I’ve seen their ads in gardening magazines for years now. What are they like?? Are there any varieties you recommend?

    We’ll definitely post on zucchini soup if we get a good crop this year!

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