Only on August 7 2010 (nearly 5 months ago) they were like this: The garlic - planted on Mothers Day : 9th May 2010 and harvested 27th November (29 weeks) turned out great - very tasty. Also some onions and some leeks for soup: It's a great time of year
And at the start of spring I just love the way the garden is starting to flourish after an unusually wet winter after 10 years of drought: Here in the foreground some celery, cabbages and broccoli, in the next bed carrots and beetroot, then onions and garlic and finally peas and broadbeans
While we away at Port Fairy I went into the backyard of our bed and breakfast and was amazed to see these vegie gardens, which were tended by Ryan, the chef of the classy restaurant attached to the inn. I was very impressed by the tomatoes.
At one stage I saw another chef picking herbs for the night's meals. There was basil, thyme, nasturtiums, and lots more
Today I spent some time harvesting worm castings from the ceres worm bin. Put them near the beans and new tomato plants. Made a few decisions about what I will not put in the worm farm in future: whole eggs egg without shell would be fine, egg shell added separately after it has been well crushed up. No woodchips, can't think why I put them in in the first place and everything I put in will have to be cut up quite finely.
In keeping with my advice to myself about planting something everyday, I planted a few seeds of pumpkin, eggplant and beetroot. Also some nasturtiums. Looking forward to seeing them come up. Today I also turned the compost in bin 1 and added to the compost in bin 3. The new chooks have started laying four weeks after they arrived at our place.
Really love this quote: "A secret to productive gardening is to plant regularly - plant something every day if possible in suitable climates." This comes from Chris Hutchinson of Gardenate a site that reminds you what to plant in any month for your climate zone. There is even an email reminder service. I am going to find it very useful I think
These are some images from my garden on this first day of 2010. I spend a bit of the day starting a new lot of compost, deadheading the roses, doing some pruning, harvesting some rhubarb to eat tonight and ignoring the beans, silverbeet and zucchini that are crying out to be picked.