Many shades of green

I find this is the best time of the year to be gardening in Brisbane, during these cooler months.

We have had some wonderful rain showers recently and you only have to look at my allotment to see the benefit.  Healthy plants and so many shades of green.   Here are a few photos taken at the plot this week.

Radish

Potato bed

Salad greens

Italian kale ‘Cavolo Nero’

Lettuce ‘Drunken Woman’ ready to pick

Potatoes, Kale, and a Saturday morning on the allotment

I had a big day in the allotment today. Started this morning with the weeding, did the whole allotment, very satisfying, non of it’s wasted, onto the compost it goes. Made a trip to Bunnings for some organic compost and incorporated it around the plants to build up the soil generally. Fed the plants where necessary.

No need to water as the ground is quite wet after the recent rains. One job I don’t have to worry about.

The main job of the day was to build up the soil around the potatoes which are now growing really strong. This is my main spud bed after I had weeded. My allotment is really small, so are my two potato beds! This variety is Nicola.

Then I built up the soil around the potatoes with a good layer of compost.

And finally I added a layer of straw mulch.

Today’s challenge is with the kale, my favourite Cavolo Nero.  It has been struggling this season, maybe the weather is still too warm in Brisbane for the kale.  But it is my favourite green veggie through the cooler months so I am going to persist, needs a bit of spoiling I think.  So I gave it a top dressing of fertiliser and compost. fingers crossed!

I’m back to the allotment in the morning.  Seems, at last, the snake beans are giving up the ghost. They have got to be the most productive veggie I ever ever grown, but I noticed today that suddenly they seem worn out. I’ll really need to feed the soil before I plant anything else in that bed.

So it’s been a good day.

Happy gardening.

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