29 August, 2011

'The master plan' so far....

For those who don't remember or didn't read about the 'Master Plan' it is all about my garden and how it is going to provide my husband and I with an abundance of fresh healthy produce throughout spring, summer and into autumn.

The plan went something a little like this!

  • Plant green manure crops into empty garden beds.NO SPACE FOR THIS...
  • Plant out raspberries and new plants from garden show into large pots. CHECK
  • Purchase small greenhouse. NOT YET - NOW A SEPTEMBER JOB
  • Finish harvesting winter vegetables.ONGOING
  • Plant out beetroot and lettuce seedlings.CHECK
  • Plant another polystyrene box with carrot seeds. CHECK
  • Plant the following seeds in seed raising mix in the greenhouse and keep protected until after the last frost: amaranth, artichoke, basil, beans , beetroot, burdock, capsicum , carrots, celeriac, celery , chilli, chives, coriander, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, kohlrabi, kale, lettuce, yam, potatoes, pumpkin, radish, rocket, rockmelon, rosella, shallots, silverbeet, spring onion, squash, sunflower, corn, tomato, watermelon (always wanted to try growing these babies) and zucchini. (According to the Gardening Australia vege guide, some of these can be planted out during August...so I'll see how I go). Planted tomato seeds and used half softdrink bottles as mini green houses...
  • Deepen the front gardens gradually and add Magic Mix to plant vegetables in amoungst the flowers. Leave the gardens with the sweet peas as they are for the time being. STILL DECIDING HOW TO ACHIEVE THIS..





  • Dig green manure crop into garden beds
  • Purchase small green house
  • Buy seeds for all of the plants not underlined from August...didn't have seeds so couldn't plant them.
  • After last frost, transfer seedlings to home garden beds or to gardens at the community garden.
  • Set up compost bin.
  • Organise a storage area for preserves and jams.
  • Replant seeds a month after the ones planted in August to ensure continued produce.

Other jobs:

  • Take regular photos
  • blog about the progress and process
  • keep track of produce and make sure to find recipes to use all fresh produce.
  • take surplus which can't be preserved or dried to the Roma Farmer's and Artisans Market to swap at the Community Garden Stall.
  • Summer: purchase stone fruits from Farmer's market and Sam the vegie man to preserve for throughout the year.
I'm very pleased with my progress so far!! It's all very exciting really!

Emily xoxo

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