Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Garden Share Collective

This is my first time joining in with Lizzie from The Strayed Table for the monthly Garden Share Collective.
"The Garden Share Collective is a group of bloggers who share their vegetable patches, container gardens and the herbs they grow on their window sills. Creating a monthly community to navigate through any garden troubles and to rival in the success of a good harvest we will nurture any beginner gardener to flourish. Each month we set ourselves a few tasks to complete by the next month, this gives us a little push to getting closer to picking and harvesting. The long-term goal of the Garden Share Collective is to get more and more people gardening and growing clean food organically and sustainably."

My camera is not playing ball today so my photos above are not current - I will however share my most recent garden photos in next months collective.

Growing in the garden I have:

Courgettes - just planted today

Herbs - basil, coriander, parsley, flat leaf parsley and a rosemary hedge.

Fruit trees - plum, apricot and peaches.  The plums and apricots have finished but the peaches are just starting to ripen now.

Expecting to harvest/sow:

Lettuce is ready.
Tiny tomatoes are starting to show.
Plenty of strawberries.
Peaches are a week or two away from being ready to pick.

To do list:

Put straw/lawn clippings down in the small vegetable garden.
Monthly weed and soil turning.
Trim back the rosemary hedge.
Plant in savoy cabbage again - this did really well in the large vegetable garden.  They were huge!
Large vegetable garden - currently empty but composting under layers of lawn clippings.  This needs to all be turned over.  I'm planning a garden path through the middle and a good layer of garden mulch put through in readiness to plant in the winter vegetables.  Would love to have this vegetable garden ready for planting by the end of February.

I would love to know how other gardener's stagger their plantings so that not all veg is ready at the same time???

I've also been planting up empty pots with pretty flowers.  We are on a vineyard so are surrounded by a lot of green.  I like to have colour around and being able to pick bunches for inside the house.  My marigolds around the washing line have flourished.  I have cut my small hydrangea plants right back and lots of new growth is coming through.  Roses continue you to grow, all year round.

Looking forward to next months garden update..........with plenty of photos!  Have a great week. xo


Joining in with Lizzie from Strayed from the table.



  1. What a GREAT linky
    I think I could possibly join in that when my garden is looking so desolate and white butterfly destroyed
    Your garden looks fab

  2. What a great idea, I am just sad that our seasons are opposite!! Your cabbages are looking very good, there will be a good crop there, and it sounds as though you have got lots of different things growing well! xx

  3. I love lizzie's garden collective. I normally join in, but this month has been too busy, and the garden is looking absolutely terrible for it. And of course our ridiculously hot weather. Impressed with your list of vegetables growing or being harvested in your garden xx

  4. This post has got me itching to get in my veg patch again! :) x

  5. I agree fab linky putting our veg garden in the next few weeks after hubby complaining corn from the shop is woody and yuck..

  6. You've made me want spring to come with all this talk of planting and growing! Wow, you're going to have so much amazing home-grown produce from your garden. x

  7. Wow, a rosemary hedge! Must smell heavenly! Ripe peaches - oh, many months away for me! However, I am still using the frozen peaches from last summer. I pureed them and froze them in ice cube trays. I use them in smoothies, throw a cube or two into the little babe's oatmeal, and thaw them out to use in peach bread. I use my favorite banana bread recipe, but replace bananas with the peach puree. Here's the recipe if you're interested.

  8. Succession planting can be tricky. I adjust it to the time of year and what I want to plant. For example i plant out zucchini's every 3 weeks or so. I love them and I do sell them off. Lettuces every two weeks yet other things I leave every two months like spuds. It depends on what you are wanting to eat. Look forward to seeing some more photos next month - shame your camera is playing up.

  9. FANTASTIC!!!! Look at you go dear friend! I am inspired and moved by all of your goodness here! I will have to join up with this as our season gets closer! WOW! Keep rocking it out!!!! Nicole xoxo

  10. Oh I thought my rosemary was growing well - now I have rosemary envy! Welcome to the group - you have a lovely place.

  11. I will follow this with interest. Last year my cabbages and broccoli all were struck down with white fly and I lost my chooks so its whether or not to turn the coop into more veggie growing space and what to plant when the weather over here stops trying to drown us all! Tomatoes have never done well for me no matter how I try and I have a south facing garden :/ I would love to grow toms but they are elusive to me.

  12. Wow...
    Lovely pics.
    Thanks for sharing :-)

  13. gorgeous! I am giving up on veggies this year and putting my name down on an allottment waiting list! Finally had to admit my garden isnt sunny enough! x

  14. I'm off to check out Strayed from the Table now!


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