Garden Share Collective July 2015
It’s hard to believe that it’s the middle of winter. Today was warm and sunny with a light breeze. My eggplants and capsicums are still producing and enterprising tomatoes are self-seeding in the bed along the driveway.
Of more concern is the lack of winter rain. In Adelaide we receive most of our annual rainfall of around 530 millimetres over the three winter months, but in June we only got 15 millimetres.
Just a tick, is that rain I hear outside? Yes, It’s starting to spit. Let’s hope we get a bucketing!
Oh dear, the rain has already stopped. Bugger!
Anyhow, back to my July Garden.
The greens are doing really well. Several varieties of lettuce are on the go, along with rocket, kale, spinach and silverbeet. For onion-y flavours I have garlic scapes, spring onions and the greens from Egyptian walking onions.
When I was outside chasing a couple of escaped chickens earlier today, I noticed a few potatoes lying around the veggie patch — obviously dug up by the aforementioned chooks. A few pokes with my garden fork revealed a decent crop of early potatoes.
So now I’m harvesting peppers, eggplants *and* potatoes in the middle of winter. Maybe I should be worried about these climactic abnormalities, but I’m actually rather chuffed.
And look. A tomato seedling.
I don’t intend to plant anything this month. Although it has been deceptively warm, the nights can be very cold and we’ve had quite a few frosts.
July is a time for taking stock, tidying up, and taking care of the ornamental parts of the garden, like the 40 plus roses that I prune back hard each winter.
I’m harvesting limes, garlic scapes, green onions, eggs, blood oranges, kale, spinach, rocket, celery, silverbeet, lettuces, potatoes, eggplants, green peppers, herbs and lemongrass.
This month I’ll pull out the nettles that keep enthusiastically reproducing and make them into nettle soup or pesto. I’ll clear away any fallen citrus fruit and prune the apple trees. And I’ll start thinking about spring and summer plantings.