The Garden Share Collection – July 2013

Gourmet Wog raised garden bed

I am so excited to do this post, the first of many I hope! I am joining in on the fun of showcasing my Sydney veggie patch as part of Lizzies Garden Share Collection initiative, a collection of veggie patches across Australia and the World.

It’s a great way for us to collect ideas on what to plant, at the season of the city/climate you’re in and contribute in all the fun.

I always wanted a veggie patch of my own, and when my husband (finally) started to clean out our garden he uncovered a whole stack of buried used bricks, in all shapes and sizes and all useable. What a fantastic discovery!! I could already envision the gorgeous veggie patch we were going to have and plans got underway to build up a raised bed using the old bricks, and bags of cement that were left over from our bathroom renovation 3 years ago.

The first patch was built in March 2013 and we planted many different varieties of chilies, capsicum, beets, tomatoes, eggplant, garlic, leeks carrots, celery, rocket, baby spinach, lettuce, thyme, parsley, basil and oregano. Along the back wall is a small passion-fruit tree which will hopefully take over the back fence as they like to climb.

It has become a daily ritual to start the day with a garden inspection or ‘grand tour’ as I like to call it. I take my cup of chai tea, go outside and study any new growth that may have appeared overnight. It’s so relaxing and rewarding to see the plants, fruit and vegetable grow right in front of your eyes!

Gourmet Wog Veggie Patch

March 2013

I did along the way, take monthly photos to follow the progress of the garden.

Gourmet Wog Vegetable Veggie Patch

April 2013

Gourmet Wog Vegetable Veggie Patch

May 2013

Gourmet Wog Vegetable Veggie Patch

June 2013

June 2013

June 2013

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We pulled up our carrots earlier last month after 12 weeks in ground.

Gourmet Wog carrots

What a cracker!! I couldn’t help but laugh at the stumpy funny little carrots that were being uncovered. Regardless of shape, these beauties were the crunchiest and most delicious carrots I’ve ever eaten and unlike any other store bought carrot ever.

Gourmet Wog carrots

It’s certainly not economical to grow your own carrots when you take into consideration the amount of time, soil, fertilizer, seaweed food extract and patience that went into growing these beauties, especially when carrots at the supermarket are $1.50 a kilo, BUT in all honesty they are such fun to grow and the anticipation in what weird shape we would uncover was certainly worth the wait and time and I’ve already got a crop of carrot seeds planted in seedling trays to have another go.

Gourmet Wog Vegetable Veggie Patch

We have a small strawberry plant in a pot that stands over our outdoor setting. It produces the smallest little berries that pack a punch in flavour. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted strawberries so sweet from the shops or markets, ever. Up until early June, they were still strangely producing masses of fruit, however now that the cold and rains have set in, the plant is covered in fruit that will most probably never ripen.

Gourmet Wog green tomatoes

Our Roma tomato tree has gone gangbusters; however now in retrospect I can see why people don’t plant tomatoes in autumn for winter. The plant is flowering and producing masses of fruit, but they’ll never ripen or reach their full potential. Never mind, I, now in June, have a bumper crop of green tomatoes waiting to be pickled and used up.

Gourmet Wog Black Chillies

Our chilli plant (I forget what variety this one is! tsk tsk) goes from green to black and finally to red. It’s always a novelty eating bright black chillies with my meals. Strangely the chillies on the same plant vary in heat. I had my lovely girlfriends over for lunch and we all took a black chilli straight from the plant and into our mouths. Now, I always thought I had a wax coated tongue as my heat threshold is quite high so I confidently took a huge bite. I was crying eating my chilli while my girlfriend was so bravely munching through hers! I didn’t get it! We swapped chillies as we still had a bit left and lo and behold, hers was sweet and mine seemed to have stolen all the heat and packed it into its little body.

Our autumn patch has proved such a delight that I persuaded Mr. Wog into building a second patch, again using the left over bricks and a discovery of yet even more cement in our shed! The raised bed took my husband a weekend to build up, one Ute trailer full of ‘veggie patch soil mix’ from our local landscaping supplier at $55 for the cubic meter and lots of trips up and down our driveway with the wheelbarrow to transfer the soil from Ute to patch.

Building raised garden bed recycled bricks

Building raised garden bed recycled bricks

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We’ve planted the following winter crop vegetables; purple kale, Brussels sprouts, silverbeet, peas, broccoli and some more basil. My carrot seeds began sprouting last week so they will be transplanted into this bed once they’re a little bigger and stronger.

I scored a lattice that was being chucked out – it’ll make for a great support once the peas take off and need something to climb.

We planted a Eureka lemon tree in the ground, at ground level before we completed the first vegetable patch. When we decided to create the second raised garden plant adjacent to the first raised bed, the lemon tree had to be dug up and transplanted back in the same spot, but at the raised soil level. Mr Wog said we couldn’t just fill the soil up and leave the lemon tree as is due to the fact the tree could get trunk rot. I was very upset at the thought of losing my lemon tree (it’s also where my very loved fur baby Pixie kitty cat is buried)  but fortunately the lemon tree, 2 weeks in, is doing just fine. No leaf discolouring or distress.

planting Kale and Silverbeat

The two garden beds, side by side

The two garden beds, side by side

I look forward to updating you next month with the progress and growth of our two wonderful veggie patches!

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Please take a moment to check out my blogging friends veggie patches by clicking on the above logo or clicking here

59 thoughts on “The Garden Share Collection – July 2013

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  2. You’re growing so much, even though it’s winter with you – envious doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel! I’m looking forward to following the progress of your garden through the year.

  3. Your garden is fantastic, its great to see the progress that is for sure. Just to let you know carrots will grow bigger in sandy soil, you can add a bag of sand to the area you wish to plant them and mix it in with the soil to encourage them to grow longer and less stumpy. Are those peppers hungarian ones? I grow a similar one in the summer.

    • Thanks Lizzie for starting up this great initiative! Thanks also for the tip about the sandy soil, I’ll give it a try for the next batch of carrots!
      I’m not entirely sure, I think they are Hungarian, but they definitely arn’t sweet, they’re very hot in heat!

  4. Hi Lisa, I’m visiting from the collective this morning 🙂 Great to see the progress you’ve made since March! What a productive little garden you’ve developed. And I agree, the carrots and strawberries that I grow are not economical (or very large), but they taste SO good! Cheers, Liz

  5. Hi, visiting from the Garden Share Collective discovering some great new gardens. It is very exciting (and addictive) when you start growing isn’t it? I agree re your carrot comment but I also keep going with them for some crazy reason, I am determined to get bigger sized ones and my kids love to watch them grow. They keenly anticipate their harvest and eating of them from the garden.

  6. Good’on’ya for sharing! Now mine may be in the Southern Highlands with a slightly different climate and it just may be mostly in pots, but we are growing similar things and I’ll truly be on the lookout as to how yours are doing! Thanks so much for th post! After a couple of decades here I am getting rather practical: do almost all my herbs from home and the small salad tomato bit and chillies and bigger peppers . . . some things I do leave to the markets and [ugh!] even t the supermarket ones!! Shall be looking out 😀 !

  7. That’s a great garden, Lisa, and your Husband did a wonderful job on the new section. Hard to believe you’re planting things in the middle of Winter. What a difference in climates! I can’t wait to see how the new plants progress,

  8. Wow, what an impressive garden you have – well done to you and your hubby!
    I have just written down to buy my winter herbs. Here’s hoping our winter isn’t too harsh.
    Have a beautiful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  9. WOW, that was a joy to read, it was as though we were with you every step of your wonderful project. Your placid approach to everything you do is truely very inspirational. I love your desire and enthusiasm, keep up the good work, as your motivating a lot ot people (firstly me, your no.1 fan) to follow your path. The biggest pleasure is seeing you garden/ veggie patch grow and harvest. Cant wait to see whats next!!!

  10. Eating veggies from your own garden is the most rewarding thing ever! My chilli bush is not the same type, but also has chillies from medium to HOT 🙂

  11. Hi Lisa your garden looks great, I love the idea of a grand tour each morning with a cup of tea, sounds like the perfect way to enjoy it all and plan for what needs to be done next. Those black chilies are awesome and would be fun to cook with, looking forward to seeing the progress next month.

  12. Hi, I’m visiting from the Garden Share collective, my first time and I’m so excited about all these new garden blogs to look at! Your raised beds are fab and I just love those carrots, I have never managed to grow a straight carrot, but as you say, they are just as tasty! I’m very envious of your lemon tree and passion fruit, all sounds so exotic to us in chilly UK! Your recipes look wonderful, I’ll be popping by often to get inspiration 😀

  13. Love your judicious use of your husband – sorry, old bricks (my little joke – we have just pulled down a bricked in garden here because of drainage issues and my ex-brickie husband had the joy)

    It is lovely to see it all starting off – well done!

  14. I’m the same way with the morning or evening ritual. Walk around, inspect how big things are getting, how many flowers are in bloom on the zucchini plant, what flowers have turned into small tomatoes. I have yet to really talk to my plants, but I sing them a little “drink up me hearties yo ho!” whenever it’s raining.

  15. Your carrots are hilarious! But it doesn’t surprise me they taste amazing. Homegrown does taste so much more satisfying. Would be very interested to know what variety of chilli you’ve got there with turning black before red. I’ve never heard of a chilli like that before!

    • Thanks Melissa, they’re stupidly funny carrots! I’m not sure what variety they are, we bought them from our local farmers markets and the grower wasn’t sure either!! Strange little things!

  16. Wow, what a great garden you have – I have garden bed envy that’s for sure! I’m thinking my carrots are going to look a bit like yours this time around as I’ve put so many seeds into the one pot. Oops.

  17. Wow! Well done Lisa! All those veggies look beautiful and so many of them! You should be very proud. The garden on my blog post is my dad’s. No way I could grow all those gorgeous veggies in the UK especially with all the rain we seem to be getting during the spring and summer months. Only salad seem to be doing OK here.
    I love this post. Take care!

  18. Hey Lisa,

    Your garden is looking great, thank goodness you’ve got a handy Mister on the side who likes to help you along the way. I also take a ‘grand tour’ in the mornings, it’s the best way to start the day. Best wishes, Erin.

  19. Your writing makes your garden come alive I so enjoy the tour and progress. Everything is growing so well, I looking forward to reading future posts. I too take a daily tour of my gardens.

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