I have to confess that my January garden is a bit of a mess. The festive season left very little time for gardening and since then we’ve been away in Goolwa, leaving the garden to its own devices.
Thankfully, it’s a productive mess. Although couch grass is invading the garden beds, the lawn is drying to a frizzle and chaos reigns in the veggie patch, we also have our best blood plum harvest ever, abundant self-seeded cherry tomatoes, and earlier capsicums and eggplants than ever before.
(BTW, if anyone knows how to eradicate couch grass from garden beds without using Roundup, could you please tell me?)
In a fit of energy this afternoon, I made nine jars of plum jam and three bottles of plum sauce. I also made a plum crumble with custard for dessert tonight. Last month a friend allowed me to pick apricots from her tree with which I made apricot jam (among other things), so we’re well-stocked in jam at least for the immediate future.
This post is part of a monthly Garden Share Collective where participants write about what they’re harvesting, planting, and a a to-do list.
Despite hot, dry weather, January is one of the most productive months in my Adelaide garden. I’m currently harvesting eggplants, capsicums, zucchinis, tomatoes, chillies, plums, herbs, limes, celery and possibly other things I can’t think of off-hand.
I’m not planting anything new this month as new plantings are unlikely to survive Adelaide’s probable extreme heat and lack of rain.
The most important tasks in my January garden are watering, harvesting and preserving. Weeding is a constant and irritating job, by far my least favourite aspect of gardening.
What’s happening in your January garden?