This post is part of the October Garden Share Collective. The theme for October is ‘Design’.
When we moved to our current house in Adelaide in March 2010, the garden was already laid out. The front garden included an established holly tree and beds of white iceberg roses and English box hedges. A long, paved driveway ran down the side of the house, leading to a large double garage on the back fence. The backyard included lawn, rose beds and a bare area where the previous owners had a cubby house.
Given financial restraints and the fact that much time, money and effort had already been spent landscaping our garden, I decided not to make any radical changes, but to work with the garden design already in place to create a productive garden.
Slowly, over the past five and a half years, I’ve filled in some of the blank spaces with fruit trees. I removed some of the hedges and planted even more fruit trees. I widened the very narrow bed along the back fence to create a chicken run and planted it out with roses, lavender, and yes, you guessed it, more fruit trees. I now have over twenty fruit trees, some full-sized and others are dwarf or semi-dwarf varieties.
The neatly edged bed that held the previous owners’ cubby house became my veggie patch, although I’ve also planted veggies higgledy-piggledy in other places.
I sometimes dream about designing my perfect garden, but in the meantime, my current garden does very well indeed.
So what is happening in the garden this month?
October is the best month to plant out summer vegetables in my South Australian garden. Over the past month or two I’ve grown and then planted out several varieties of tomatoes, squash, basil, pumpkins, cucumbers and artichokes. I’m now very close to running out of space.
October is more about planting than harvesting, but fortunately I’ve got English spinach, silverbeet, garlic scapes, rhubarb, kale, fennel, a few limes, eggs and herbs to keep us going.
I’m praying for a good soaking of spring rain in the next week or two, at which point I’ll mulch all my vegetable seedlings with pea straw. But the main item on my to-do list is weeding. I swear the weeds multiply every time I turn my back.