This is the first time I’ve actually had a garden worth mentioning since starting this blog, so this is the first post in a brand new Garden category.
Today Emily and I went to the Giant Garden Centre of Giantness (aka The Greenery, in Bulleen) and got what we need to start a decent sized container-based vegie garden. Our landlords won’t let us dig into the lawn or have raised beds, so instead we’re going to ruin the lawn by putting big containers all over it. (I really don’t understand why that’s preferable to them, but whatever.)
Currently, we have the following herbs in pots:
- Italian parsley
Today we bought plants/seedlings for:
- Tomatoes: Grosse Lisse, Burke’s Backyard, San Marzano, and a yellow one I forget the name of
- Capsicum/bell peppers (mixed punnet)
- Basil (Italian style)
- Thyme (common variety, thymus vulgaris)
It’s late to start with the tomatoes so we bought some reasonably advanced plants.
Then I also hit up Eden Seeds and ordered:
- Rocket (aka arugula)
- Warragul greens (aka NZ spinach)
- Leaf amaranth
- Zucchini (Fordhook variety)
- Butternut squash/pumpkin
The rocket and nasturtiums are for salads, and the warragul greens and amaranth are both heat-resistant spinach substitutes that will deal well with Melbourne summers. I’m sad to be missing spring stuff (lettuce, radishes, etc) but I’m looking forward to cooler weather, too, and growing kale and beets and things.
Anyway, the garden plan is to put big containers all along the back fence, and put a wire mesh over the fence for things to grow up, and hang some planters off the upper part of the fence for the nasturtiums.
Oh! We also discovered that the big green bushy thing near the front gate is a mulberry tree (Morus alba “pendula”), and that it’s covered in berries which should be ripe in a few weeks’ time. Plums are starting to ripen in neighbours’ yards, too. I need to go knock on some doors and see if I can gather some. And we got a tip-off about an empty block with a lemon tree, so we went and grabbed a bagful of those this afternoon. Emily wants to make some kind of lemon slice for our housewarming.
That’s it for now. I’ll post more as things progress.