A new growing season

At last there will be something to write about happening over at the allotment now that we are starting our best veggie growing season here in Brisbane after a long hot summer.

The big change this year is that I have taken on a second allotment, again.  I used to have two but last year decided to cut back to one in 2014 but it left me feeling “land challenged” when I had to decide what to plant in such a small area – 8 square metres.  Mind you, the result was rather pretty as you can see from this pic I took at it’s growing zenith. (Love using that word!)

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I made the decision to leave my allotment fallow over the summer (as a preventative measure against heat stroke – mine, not the veggies) so I covered it in a thick layer of horse manure from the adjoining paddock, and then a thick mulch of straw and left it for the worms to work their magic.

Nevertheless I found that some things revel in the heat despite my neglect.

I was given a few snake bean seeds by my allotment neighbour and in a state of summer lethargy stuck my finger in the ground (5 times) and popped in a seed, and left them to it. This is what happened.  I reckon Jack is living at the top.

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Those five seeds have kept me in beans for months. It’s an interesting plant, the beans grow up to a yard long in the tropics, mine certainly reach 35cm and would grow longer if I left them, but I like them young.  Prolific isn’t the word!  A big bunch every couple of days. I’ll be doing my own seed-saving so I can pass on the seeds.

This weekend I’ll be over at the lottie putting seeds into the ground  …. and picking beans.

Happy gardening.

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