The video was taken early this year (January 2014) and is a walk through past the corn bed, beans, tomatoes, carrots, onions, broccoli, potatoes, capsicums, plus separate strawberry bed. The pumpkins are grown in a separate area on the top block and are not shown on this video neither is the garlic as it has already been harvested.
I planted approx. 80 corn seeds and harvested approx. 200 cobs , some of the plants had 3 to 4 cobs per plant ... I grow "Honeysweet" Sweet Corn. I like the way it grows and I like to harvest them all at the same time because I blanch and then freeze them so we can have corn during the winter months when the garden is resting.
This is a photo of last years Elephant garlic approx. 100 plants. I dried it on the veranda and when reasonably dry I cut off the tops and roots and then separate the bulbs into cloves. This year I picked out the biggest and best cloves and used them to plant this seasons crop which I have increased to 180. I love growing Elephant garlic because it grows so well here and is very easy to grow.
I was given Elephant Garlic from a garlic farmer however you can buy it from Green Harvest. It has a milder flavor than normal garlic and that's because it isn't really a garlic but a relative of it.
We grow 2 types of potatoes which are Sebago (white) and Desiree (red). We harvest approx. 70 kilo
The Jarrahdale pumpkins are grown in a separate bed and sometimes they cross with the neighbours pumpkins so produce all sorts of shapes and sizes. Not that it matters because I buy new seed each year anyway. Last year we got 14 pumpkins with one of them weighting in over 8 kilos. One year we grew 96 of them so ended up with a lot of pumpkin soup that year!. I love pumpkins and most of the time I use them in soup or as roasted vegetables.
The strawberry patch is in a separate covered bed to stop the birds from getting to them. In a good year we harvest approx. 21 kilo over the season. Usually 500 grams every day
I grow a variety of beans from seed saved "Old Homestead" climbing beans to shop bought dwarf bean seeds. They are easy to grow providing the strong wind doesn't dry the leaves out.
I normally plant enough seeds to produce approx. 27 kilo of beans which I blanch and store in the freeze for use during the winter months
Fowlers Vacola Bottling Kit" . I like using this kit, I find it easy to use and does a great job. I store the preserved bottles in the cupboard and use them during the winter months in spaghetti and stews etc anywhere tomatoes are needed. I try to grow enough tomatoes to fill approx. 48 large jars
We have an old Apricot tree and old plum tree which give us lots of fruit. We planted another 4 apple trees, 2 more plums, a peach and persimmon plus I took a seed from the old apricot and have grown a tree from it because I really like the apricots from it. It's not a graphed tree so the one I have grown from its seed should reproduce true to type ...I hope so because its no longer possible to buy this variety of apricot from the shops.
Here's hoping that this coming growing season will be just as productive as all the previous seasons