New planting season at the allotment

March is a welcome time of the year in Brisbane as the cooler weather starts a big planting season.  It’s still pretty hot with days of 29 degrees centigrade so I am starting gently, with just a few plants and seeds. It takes me ages to propagate parsley from seed so I took the easy way out yesterday and bought seedlings of curly parsley and Italian parsley.  My favourite herb, I reckon a kitchen can never have too much parsley.

I have planted the curly parsley alongside the only remaining plant left over from the last season and intermingled them with tiny marigold plants. Hopefully the flowers will confuse the bugs, and welcome the bees.
You may notice the mint at the top of the photograph. I planted my mint last season in a big old plastic pot with the bottom cut out.  I found this successfully captured the roots so the mint didn’t take over the whole allotment, as it would like to if I let it.

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Here is the Italian parsley. Seems that most recipes these days specify the flat leafed parsley. So I gotta have it. Mind you, I still think you cannot beat the curly variety for parsley sauce with fish.  Yum.Image

I have decided to include a few flowers in the allotment this year as we are really short of bees at the farm and need to encourage them all we can. As well as the fact that I would like some cut flowers for the house. These pansies are the Giant Butterfly variety. (Must remember to buy a very small vase!)

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And I also planted the Petite Orange Marigold. (Better buy two very small vases!)

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To top off my morning at the allotment I planted seeds of Harlequin Carrots which I am very excited about. Why plant orange carrots when you can have every shade of purple too.  And finally, I planted Drunken Woman lettuce seeds kindly given to me by my gardening friend Wendy Hocking. I could have photographed the plot where they are planted, but even as a mad photographer, I thought it best to wait until they actually pop up out of the ground.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jezzabella
    Mar 20, 2012 @ 09:54:35

    Jean I am loving your blog. It is lovely to read & see what you are up to in the allotments.
    With your bee issue have you or any other people there thought to buy a hive? One of my neighbors keeps bee’s & has put his hives next to my place. They are lovely to have around & are no trouble at all to me when I am out working in my. Garden.
    I’m not sure how to care for the bees, but the neighbor tells me it is not hard. The honey would be an added bonus to your harvest.

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  2. allotmentadventureswithjean
    Mar 26, 2012 @ 11:28:52

    Thank you for your comment Lisa, sorry it has taken me so long to respond as it was tucked away in ‘spam’ for some silly reason. Won’t happen again. Just learning.

    What a good idea. Bee keeping is an interesting suggestion. Not sure if the farm committee have considered this but it would certainly help with propagation, so I’ll mention it. How lucky you are that you have a bee-keeping neighbour.

    I made a visit to Linda Brennan’s garden the other week and I was interested to see that she is keeping a small hive of native bees in her back yard, tiny little things they are. Linda runs gardening workshops all over Brisbane and has a really informative website. Here is the link http://www.ecobotanica.com.au/ if you are interested.

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