Friday, December 4, 2015

The lowest growing broad bean.

I don't remember the name of the seeds I bought from DT Brown's seeds but it was a 'dwarf' growing broad bean.

 Perfect for exposed sites or small gardens, this is the lowest growing broad bean.

Which was the attraction.

There was about twenty seeds (maybe more, I don't recall) in the packet and I planted them all and most of them came up.

They were 'dwarf' compared to a 'normal' sized broad bean, growing to around 60 to 70 cm.

So then, from the 20 odd seeds I planted I now have well over 100 and the next step is to plant these to see if they maintain their 'dwarf' properties.

It cropped well so I'm hopeful of some good smaller broad bean bushes covered in tasty bean pods this coming winter/spring



http://dtbrown.com.au/index.html











Wednesday, December 2, 2015

An Australian Vegetable Garden

Stocking stuffer from Santa, maybe?

Home Grown: An Australian Vegetable Garden


Following countless requests Lambley Nursery have for new release today Home Grown: An Australian Vegetable Garden, David Glenn’s brand new Vegetable Gardening two disc DVD set.


There can be few pleasures greater than picking your home grown vegetables from your own garden. Master gardener David Glenn takes you on a tour around his kitchen garden showing how to be self-sufficient in vegetables.

From asparagus to zucchini David Glenn grows enough produce to feed himself, his wife artist Criss Canning and their large extended family (They have eleven grandchildren).

David’s vegetable garden, set in the renowned Lambley Nursery Gardens in Central Victoria, is as beautiful as it is productive. Even though the climate can be very difficult with temperatures ranging from -8C to 45C. Frosts can occur as early as mid-April and as late as mid-November.

Whether you have a large country property or a small city garden this magnificent two DVD set shows how, with a little dedication, the keen home gardener can have an incredibly productive kitchen garden.

175 minutes
$39.95 each postage



 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Secret History of the British Garden

 Looks like fun.

The Secret History of the British GardenSunday 9.00pm BBC TwoHere's something to whet your appetite :) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p037ljs2
Posted by BBC Gardeners' World on Friday, 13 November 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Growing carrots from seeds (the only way)

Growing carrots from seeds is the only way to grow carrots. You're wasting your time planting carrots from punnets of seedlings, as they will always be twisted and stunted. Unless that's how you like your carrots.

Planting carrot seeds is also dead easy. You just need some organically vibrant soil (soil enriched with compost or from a previous crop), make a shallow row (5mm) and place your seeds in the row and cover them back over.

It's now the fun, read difficult, begins.

It's getting the little buggers (seeds) to germinate.

The only way I know is to keep them moist or in other words, never let them or the soil get dry, ever, not for a minute, not for a second. As far as I know they can't be over watered so even if the soil surface is looking like it will go dry I'll be in there with a watering can.

Not so bad in the cooler Spring weather but in Summer while at work I'll build a little shade cover with some fencing wire and clothes pegs and hopefully this will prevent them from drying out until I get home from work. Or I'll wait until some showery weather is forecast and plant then.


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Broccolini and Brasscias

I was reading an article or it might have been a gardening tip somewhere that suggested removing the seed leaves or the first set of leaves and planting your brasscias into the soil up to the base of the first set of true leaves, so here goes.




Cheers

Stewart.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Coming Season

Getting ready for the coming growing season can mean only one thing here at My Veggie Garden, seeds.

This year I'm taking a different path to the one I usually take.

After reading David Glenn's, from Lambley Nursery, spiel on growing F1 hybrid tomatoes for improved yield and increased disease resistance I've purchased two packets of tomato seeds to trial here in My Veggie Garden.

Lambley Nursery is set around an old farmhouse in the hot dry wind swept plains of the central Victorian Goldfields so it will be interesting to see how they do in my, usually hot and humid summer.

 At around a dollar per seed they could be considered expensive but I consider it a small price to pay, for if they do crop well it will be a good investment.
The two Tomato varieties I'll be trying are,
On the Lambley Nursery web site, David Glenn goes on to say,

"If you are having trouble growing a good crop or indeed any crop at all of “heirloom” tomatoes or seedling tomatoes bought from garden centres or big box stores you will be joining a growing band of gardeners.  The answer is to plant disease resistant varieties. 

We trialled 10 varieties of disease resistant hybrid tomatoes and the 3 listed below were the best for taste and for disease resistance. I was still picking good, ripe, full size tomatoes at the end of April. 

The seed of modern, good flavoured, disease resistant tomato hybrids is expensive but it more than pays for itself in the vastly improved production of ripe tomatoes."

I've also ordered other seeds that I will trial for myself as well, these include,
I'm keen to get started and can't wait to see the results but I'll be posting as I sow and plant and hopefully have a bountiful harvest to share.

Lambley Nursery has a good reputation among my circle of gardening friends and my seeds arrived well packaged and inside the two week time frame I was advised to expect.