And just as blogs and gardens change, so too, is the Garden Share Collective changing. Last month, Kyrstie from A Fresh Legacy and I came on board to help Liz host the GSC each month.
The three of us have spoken by phone and email and are collaborating on a number of ideas that we hope will bring about a bigger and better GSC that will be accessible to more avid kitchen gardening enthusiasts than ever before.
From now on, the Garden Share Collective will have a monthly theme. You can join in the action by either contributing a blog post about that theme OR joining us on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #gardensharecollective. The first themed linkup will be on Monday 31 August and will run for ten days.
My late winter garden
July was another topsy-turvy month in my Adelaide garden. Despite the cold weather (it was the coldest July in Adelaide in 18 years), my eggplants and capsicums kept producing, even after frost blackened many of the eggplant leaves.
The only things I planted in July were three more fruit trees: Robe de Sergeant and D’agen plums and a pomegranate.
Although the days are growing longer, August is likely to be another cold and frosty month, so I won’t be doing much planting this month either. One exception is three varieties of tomato seeds I planted on my sunny, north-facing kitchen windowsill a couple of days ago. I’m using narrow Tupperware lids as seedling trays as they are the perfect width for my windowsill.
Along with the first elegant asparagus spears of the season, I’m also harvesting lettuces, kale, silverbeet, rocket, English spinach, herbs, celery and chillies.
In August, I’ll fertilise the lemon, orange, lime and mandarin trees and prepare the veggie patch for spring plantings. And I’ll pore over seed catalogues and dream about my summer garden.