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Joanna’s beautiful garden photos inspired me to take some of my own.  Here’s a glimpse of our winter garden…

The dwarf nectarine and peach trees are flowering…

The first vegetable bed is growing well. We’ve planted kale, spinach, cabbage, beetroot, celery, parsley, lettuce, broccoli, and broadbeans.

Broccoli…

Lettuces…

The second bed has just been planted out.  In addition to more of the above, it also includes peas, carrots and shallots…

The peas are thriving!

The garlic are growing steadily in their laundry tub home – in total we have about forty plants…

The three rhubarb crowns are thoroughly enjoying their semi-shady spot…

The asparagus are still in pots, but growing well.  Spice Girl gave us a single pot, which we divided into seven smaller plants.  We still need to find a permanent home for them…

Our incredibly robust chilli bush has continued to fruit all winter, albeit sparsely…

Bed three is now ready for planting – tomato and capsicum seedlings are ready to go, along with the chitted seed potatoes…

Edit: Our large prunus tree has never fruited, so we have no idea what type it is, but it flowers prolifically every year.  Here are a couple of photos for Heidi..

What’s growing in your garden at the moment?

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This book has changed our lives.

Written for Australian conditions, Linda Woodrow’s brilliant text for turning a suburban backyard into a self-sufficient organic garden is full of really clever ideas.  I thought I’d share just one of them with you today.

One of the tenets of Linda’s plan is to plant out advanced seedlings – doing so not only ensures that they’re more likely to survive an attack from marauding pests, but it also reduces the amount of time plants have to spend in the ground.  This in turn enables the garden beds to be planted out up to four times a year.

The seedlings are raised in recycled square-bottomed two-litre milk containers.  Smaller cartons could be used, but the two-litre size enables the seedlings to grow larger before planting out.

The tops and bottoms are cut off the washed containers, then they’re placed side by side in polystyrene boxes and packed with growing mix.  Some seedlings need to be germinated in seed raising mix first and then transferred to these larger punnets, but bigger seeds can be  sown directly.  Here are some sunflowers that we started last week…

Once the seedlings are large enough, they’re put straight into the ground and the plastic slides right off, with absolutely no transplant shock.  If necessary, the sleeve can be left half-on for a week or two to protect the plant from snails and slugs as it settles in.

I took some photos as we were planting out strawberries last week.  Every time we’re working in the garden, I find myself humming the A-Team theme song.  Linda’s guide is so well thought out, and I really do love it when a plan comes together…

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