Garden Share Collective – October 2013

veggie patch

Spring is in full swing in Sydney. The birds are chirping, butterflies flying and pollen flowing. My veggie patch is in overdrive, feeding us daily with its delights.

Onion weeds are also relishing the warmth. They’ll be the bane of me. I spent a whole Saturday morning uprooting onion weeds from my veggie patch, as carefully as I could to ensure I removed the bulb whole. The veggie patch looked wonderfully clean but my back bore the brunt of it.

weeded, and ready to replant

weeded, and ready to replant

Gone too were the coral lettuce and rocket plants that both went to seed. Compost was added to the soil as I aerated it, ready for its new crop.

We planted eggplant, both the large variety and Lebanese eggplants. 6 of each variety from seedlings. I hope they take off, eggplant is one of our favourite vegetables and always present at the dinner table.

The eggplant plant we planted in March somehow survived the winter and kept flowering. The weather was too cold for it to form fruit until now. This little one finally made an appearance after 6 months and I feel like a proud Mumma eager to watch her baby grow.

baby eggplant plant

Our Grosse Lisse tomato plants have been transplanted into larger containers, but really are ready to go into the ground. Space was an issue however a solution has been found, more on that later 😉

Along with the Grosse Lisse seeds, we’ve gone a little tomato crazy and planted the following seeds: Roma’s, Black Russian, Oxheart, tomato Apollo and low acid yellow and red cherries.

grosse lisse tomato seedlings

Hoot’s hair really isn’t growing at all!! She’s had this style now for 2 months and while it suits her, I’d like to give girlfriend a haircut every now and again.

hoot owl planter pot with parsley hair

As I do every Sunday, I took my daughter to our farmers markets for a morning out. I couldn’t believe the price of lettuce. $3 for a small iceberg or $24 per kg for the mixed leaf variety. I haven’t had to buy any for months now, all from a small $2.50 seedlings punnet. And nothing beats home grown. We eat so much lettuce, daily in sandwiches, a leaf ever now and then in a green smoothie and of course our daily salad side with dinner. Best of all, you don’t have to cut the whole plant, just remove however many leaves you require from the plants outer leaves and watch the plant regrow for your next meal.  No space? That’s ok, lettuce is very forgiving and will grow almost anywhere. I grow mine in a terracotta herb pot on my deck.

lettuce seedlings

We have peas!! I had grand plans of serving minted peas with our meals but then never quite make it to the kitchen. The temptation to eat them straight off the plant is too strong.

fresh peas plant


We have broadbeans!! Ditto peas!! The best snack is walking outside, pinching a few broadbean pods off the plant, ripping them open and enjoying the beans as is. Bliss.

broadbean plant

Kale, kale, kale, never ending kale..

kale plants

Our Silverbeet plants are recovering well from the possum attack. Now that they’re well protected under the net, they’ve quickly rejuvenated and we’ve even been able to harvest some as a spinach substitute in gozleme.

Silverbeet plants

I planted some string bean seeds and talk about Jack and the Bean Stalk, these little suckers made an appearance in just 4 days, and full seedlings in 10 days!

string bean plants

day 4 and day 10

I harvested our baby beetroots last week, nothing quite like home grown. A new batch of seeds were planted directly into the veggie patch as oppose to seedling trays like we did in the past. I may have to thin them out as my hand slipped and too many seeds were thrown in, too close together.

baby beetroot plants

Our Kipfler and Pontiac potatoes continue to just do their thing, happy in their hessian bags.

Kipfler and Pontiac potatoes in hessian bags

We planted up our Blueberry shrub in a blue glazed pot, I hope we’re able to harvest many blueberries in the warmer months to come.


In the past, I’ve always bought seedlings, reliable and easy to transplant however I have to admit I’m thoroughly enjoying sowing seeds from scratch and watching them grow. Nothing quite like doing a grand tour every morning, chai in hand and seeing the growth first hand.

Buying seed packets has become somewhat of an obsession. Forget shoes and bags, this girl just wants seeds!

The Spring weather has been perfect for cucumbers and a batch of Lebanese cucumbers as well as its close cousin, green zucchini and Lebanese zucchinis were sown last week.

Lebanese cucmber seedling plants

veggie patch

Thank you for joining me on another Garden Share Collective post, special thanks to Lizzy at Strayed from the Table  for hosting this brilliant series.


My veggie patch’s progress can be found here. We’ve come a long way in the short 4 Garden Share Collective posts. I hope this series has inspired you to don some gardening gloves and embrace the greenie in you.


58 thoughts on “Garden Share Collective – October 2013

  1. Your veggie patch is going gangbusters…go baby eggplant, go! Such a lovely array of edibles, you should be rightly proud of what you have achieved in a short space of time 🙂

  2. WOW, your garden is doing so well! I can’t wait to get to town again so I can buy a few more seed for my herb garden too although my garden is very teeny compared to yours.
    Have a lovely week ahead.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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  4. You certainly have a lot going on in your garden and I love the variety. I too would love to just snap open the pods of the peas and eat them straight away. I’m pleased you’ve had some success with keeping the possums at bay xx

  5. hello from a fellow garden share collective! once again i am envious of all the northern gardeners and what they can achieve with warmer winters! it’s great to see how lush your garden is.
    i understand the seed obsession. i got a whole heap recently but then realised, where am i going to put all these plants??? stil, seeds are a cheap and healthy vice 😉

  6. My hubby thinks we dont have much of an asparagus harvest, but that is because I eat the stalks right out in the garden! I love your herbs and greens growing in the pot

  7. your garden is going wild, it looks great, it has come a long way since those possums first tried to attack. I have a thing for seed shopping too its so much fun. Your potatoes look really healthy and I am impressed with all your tomato seedlings, you are going to have a great summer feast coming.
    Its amazing when you don’t buy a certain vegetable for a while to go back to buying them that the quality is not the same and the price is just ridiculous.

  8. Everything is growing so well in your garden – it won’t be long before your writing a blog post saying you have too many tomatoes and cucumbers! We have the same problem with peas from the garden… they never quite make it back to the kitchen.

  9. Oh Hoot is so cute! I’m sure I hair will grow soon 🙂
    Your peas look so yummy! We’ve got sugarsnaps on at the moment, they never make it out of the vegie pen though as they get eaten straight from the bush 😉

    Thank-you for dropping by my blog! I really enjoyed your garden tour 🙂

    Sarah x

  10. It all looks fabulously productive. I always fail to realise that a small packet of seed can produce so much! I sow with enthusiasm and then wonder where on earth I’m going to put everything – or they all die off and then I’m disappointed. Your potatoes look particularly good.

  11. Oh I love the herb planter planted with salad – I may have to borrow that idea 🙂

    Seed buying is one of the best types of shopping and I get to do it for two gardens and I have to get ALL new seed for both for next season ….. I do, honest! 😀

  12. I love the cute little eggplant!
    Everything looks so fresh and healthy, it’s clear you have very green fingers! I know just what you mean about buying seeds, who would think a seed catalogue could get your heart racing with anticipation!

  13. Wow Lisa, you have such tasty things in your garden! Very envious of your aubergine/eggplants, I need a greenhouse to be able to grow any of those. Totally agree re the home-grown salad, I always enjoy looking at those expensive bags of mixed salads and thinking how much i’m saving daily.

  14. Gorgeous Lisa! Do you know, I’ve never tried a raw broad bean. Will try one today. A lady showed us how to weave onion grass into lovely cords. I see it in a whole new light now. I love finding a really healthy, long one which I’m saving up. When summer gets too hot to work I’ll sit and try my hand at weaving!

    • oh yes you really must! Raw broadbeans are really lovely! The little beans are very sweet but the larger ones you really should remove the outer shell. Yum!
      Had a little giggle about the onion weed cords, I better not look it up otherwise I’ll be spending all day weaving! 😉

  15. It always tickles me that while we’re bracing for the cold to come, you Aussies are out in your shorts cribbing about steaming temps. You veggie patch is marvelous and what fun produce to cook with. Love the pics and keep them coming Lisa!

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  16. I am really enjoying trying to grow things from seed too as it is exciting to see them make their first appearance and then continue to grow. I just need to increase my survival rate once they get to seedlings hehe.

  17. Your garden is doing fantastic, Lisa! 2 years ago I was surprised that a rosemary bush had survived one of our Winters. (It died in early Summer but never mind that.) Here you have an eggplant not only survive but bearing a plump little baby. Incredible! Can’t wait to see how things progress over the weeks/months to come.

    • Hi John thanks so much!! Shame about your rosemary bush, we live close to the beach and Coastal Rosemary just grows like weeds on the side of roads here. It’s not suppose to be edible but every now and then I see my Italian neighbours take cuttings. I often wonder if they just like to propagate them or they do indeed use it in their meals!

  18. Wow your going is going well! Your season is much firther along than ours.. I too went a bit crazy with the tomato varieties, I am not sure where3 I am going to put 20 odd plants Love your Hoot!

  19. It takes an insanely beautiful heart to nurture gardens. I’m sure a lovely soul and heart reside inside your body, dear Lisa.
    Many thanks for sharing all the treasures from your garden.
    Gorgeous, sunny, warm clicks. Especially the “Hoot’s hair” 🙂

  20. I love your netting! The peas, broad beans, ,silverbeet and beetroot look superb. Your garden is in full swing for our Spring. It all looks so healthy, especially the herbs in between the plants. I know what you mean, when you have to buy produce the price seems too high and it is rarely as fresh as your home grown vegetables, herbs and fruit. An excellent green back yard which has really prospered x

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