In the Winter Garden...

In the Winter Garden...

I haven't written much about the garden lately. Partly because it's been such a busy time in the garden that I haven't been taking many photos and also because the garden isn't at it's most beautiful at this time of the year, so the few photos I have taken are a little uninspiring.

But the last few months (April - June) are some of the most important in the garden, preparing for the cold winter and early spring months ahead. 

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Saving Tomato Seeds

Saving Tomato Seeds

I've written before about seed saving. It's something that I think is really important for gardeners to know about. It's often very simple and can be done without a great deal of information. It also allows you to capture and develop great varieties that work really well in your garden.

In this case, I'm saving the seed of some self sown cherry tomatoes that came up in the garden where I work (not Malmsbury). They were really productive, delicious, beautiful and interesting, all good reasons to save the seed.

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Vegetable stall at Clay Fine Food and Health

Vegetable stall at Clay Fine Food and Health

Over the last four weeks, I have been selling my fabulous produce to Tom over at Clay Fine Food and Health. I spend Friday afternoons out in the garden harvesting and then deliver the produce to the shop on Saturday morning. These last two weeks we've set up a little stall in front of the shop especially to display Malmsbury Kitchen Garden produce and I've spent a few hours in the morning meeting some of the people who buy and eat my produce! 

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Saving Dill Seed

Saving Dill Seed

One of the first crops I planted in the garden was dill. Due to the heat and poor soil, many of the plants went to seed pretty quickly. This was disappointing as it reduced the crop yield, but it does have a positive side too. After all, dill seeds are a yield as well. I have used dill seeds in cucumber pickles and some chutneys but the bulk of the seeds produced will be used to propagate future dill crops.

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All about Melons

All about Melons

The melons have been coming along beautifully. It has been wonderful to watch the plants getting bigger and creeping out over the grass, while their little fruits also get bigger and more fragrant. Finally, the time has come to start harvesting them!

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Seed sowing for winter

Seed sowing for winter

Even though we are still in summer, it is well and truly time to prepare for winter in the garden. I've been thinking about what I would like to be harvesting in the next six months and deciding what I need to propagate now.

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