Blogging about sustainability is not the only activity which has taken a back seat lately. Lots of other things seem to have temporarily fallen by the side. So what does a usually productive garden look like after months of neglect? Months of no weeding, fertilising, turning soil over, planting, digging in compost, checking for pest damage, collecting seeds and all the other activities that ensure an abundant supply of home-grown food all year round. Well, let’s take a look.
The weeds are growing but seem to have stayed clear of the main paths, perhaps deterred by the thick layer of woodchip mulch and constant foot traffic to and from the compost bin.
The orange tree is loaded with fruit and it’s time to pick and share with friends and neighbours.
There are still a few kilos of Granny Smiths on the apple tree. The leaves are becoming sparse though, so I will pick the fruit and store it in fruit boxes for the next few months.
Despite regular pickings the Warrigal Greens (a native spinach) have taken over one of the raised beds and I need to re-locate a few armfuls to the compost bin. No weeds in there as it’s already too crowded.
The perennial native celery has been a slow grower but is a useful staple to harvest all year round and a self-seeded Bok Choy is slowly taking over this raised bed – time for a quick stirfry.
These two silver-beet plants are in their third year and still going strong. A few armfuls will go to my neighbours’ chickens tomorrow.
The cherry tomato bush has been productive since last November. It’s not looking great but I am reluctant to remove it, so I just potted a few cuttings from its branches to re-plant next Spring.
Among the edible winter chickweed there are still plenty of healthy looking herbs – thyme, sage, parsley, oregano, perrenial basil, nasturtiums.
Cooking with Nettles is a must with such a plentiful supply and I always look forward to this winter treat. So easy. They just grow all by themselves with zero input from us.
And look what I found hidden amongst the vegie patch weeds…
Dozens of self-seeded winter vegetable seedlings were also growing around the compost bin. Some gardens seem to thrive even when neglected for long periods. I am so glad ours is one of those.