Organic garden winter wonderland

I loved creating my veggie patch in my backyard last year. Over summer I had many days filled with wonder at what was growing in my backyard. It was also a great opportunity to get my children involved and help them learn about where their food comes from. Also it was a cheap way of eating organic!

My daughter watering her plants

My daughter watering her plants


But alas, summer is definitely over in Sydney and many of my summer veggies were removed to make way for winter ones. After a little research on what winter vegetables exist and what would grow in my garden I came up with my list of goodies:
• Carrots;
• Beetroot;
• Kale;
• Turnips;
• Spinach;
• Spring onion, onion;
• Snowpeas;
• Lots of herbs!
Well the list is not as impressive as my summer vegetables, but given the number of things I was growing, I am trying to be more sensible and scale things back a little.
To prepare I visited my compost which has been slowly composting vegetation and food waste. I saw slowly because I have left it to mature for many many months. It is taking a long time because it is completely shaded, hence once I use the compost I want to move my compost bin to a sunnier area.
This addition of compost was obviously good for my plants, but I think that there were seeds that had not died off, so my veggie path became overrun with weeds like onion weed. This has become confusing, as I don’t know if any of my onions/ spring onions grew at all. When they are little, they look the same I think!
I am also trying to get a double benefit in planting some snow peas in all my garden beds. I am hoping that they will add some beneficial nitrogen fixing bacteria to my soil in preparation for my summer crop.

My blueberry plant. I have some planted in the ground, but don't think they are in the ideal spot, so I am trying to grow one in a pot. Let's see how I go

My blueberry plant. I have some planted in the ground, but don’t think they are in the ideal spot, so I am trying to grow one in a pot. Let’s see how I go


A very old lemon tree that just keeps on giving.  maybe it was a little bit of the love I gave it over summer, but the crop this year is A LOT better than last year. Much juicier.

A very old lemon tree that just keeps on giving. maybe it was a little bit of the love I gave it over summer, but the crop this year is A LOT better than last year. Much juicier.


My special looking carrots, but damn they taste good!

My special looking carrots, but damn they taste good!

I planted my beetroot in summer and let me tell you, I don’t know what the problem is, but honestly it is taking SO long for them to grow. I mean they’ve been there for like 6 months and all I feel is a little bulb!
My carrots however are a delight. I am so in love with my carrots! I am like a super excited child when I pull and a big (if somewhat strange looking at times) carrot comes out. And the smell, oh the smell. If you were to see me, I am sure you would think me strange, but the smell of carrot taken straight out of the ground is so beautiful. When I do pull them out, I just stand there inhaling their aroma!

My ever slow growing beetroot, though I do at least pick the leaves off sometimes and include them in salads.

My ever slow growing beetroot, though I do at least pick the leaves off sometimes and include them in salads.


Snowpeas

Snowpeas


Tomatoes and nasturtium growing side by side.

Tomatoes and nasturtium growing side by side.


Fresh dill...grown from seed. It took a while but it got there.

Fresh dill…grown from seed. It took a while but it got there.

Kale

Kale


Turnip in the ground. I never knew it would have such a large amount of foliage.

Turnip in the ground. I never knew it would have such a large amount of foliage.


Turnip out of the ground. It tasted really good in my soup.

Turnip out of the ground. It tasted really good in my soup.

My other vegetables are growing well too and it is only last week that I removed my tomatoes. What a good crop they were. They became like a baby to my mum and I, but especially my mum who tended to them every day. So many tomatoes grew, but towards the end, they would stay green and not ripen. So I am preparing for my summer season of tomatoes.
Who knew that I would have so much winter heartiness and delicious veggies growing in the colder months! Do you have any suggested winter vegetables that I should try?

~ by em0navari on July 9, 2013.

6 Responses to “Organic garden winter wonderland”

  1. you have a wonderful blog here! would you like to have the invite posts on my blog?

  2. I just love the first photo of your daughter watering her plants. So sweet! And I’m really impressed with your backyard garden. I have a BIG, unruly country garden (read: out of control!!) but my 3 year old son and I love working together in it. It’s one of our favourite things and yummy organic food is a great bonus.

    • Thank you Mary, lots of hard work to try and get it to where it is now! I hope you enjoy your garden. I’m looking forward to planning my summer crops! Cheers

  3. What are the additional links and materials that you can give to see more information in regards to this post?
    Many thanks!

    • Hi there, thank you for visiting my blog and for enjoying the Organic winter garden post. I have mostly picked things up from some organic gardening books from my local library. I do however really enjoy this show (which is Australian based, but full of useful tips) called ‘Gardening Australia’. Here is their website: http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/features/organic_gardener.htm If you’re interested you could see if there are any gardening groups in your local area. For me, there is a permaculture group. Also, your local Council (local municipality or local government) might have some courses that they run.
      Enjoy and let me know how you go! Eco-mummy

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