Week 21 in the OMG

21 Weeks and all is going well – lots of blooming and cropping going on, and the team is coming back to Milkwood for the New Year adventures in all things gorgeously, wonderfully, excitingly, stupendously, awesomely – Permaculture and Organically Gardening !

Rose is back ! and here, lovely as ever, with more lovely crops

But all is not perfect - indeed this is the joy of home-grown, organically grown, ordinary, real, wholesome fruiting..... a curiously shaped Red Pear Tomato. You'd never see that in a supermarket

Roma tomatoes growing alongside their Marigold companions

Spaghetti squash female flower with fruit developing underneath it

Borlotti beans coming on

And sweet corn coming into flower - this is a hybrid F1 - very sweet and good

Meanwhile another crop of young mesclun salad mix is growing fast in time to feed more course participants - don't you love the orderliness of it all !!!

And outside the OMG, along the border of the Potato Patch, the protective corn, beans, peas and squashes are growing fast - well not too many squashes actually - but the corn is becoming and effective wind break already.

But alas - all was not well with the Bean Banjo... the heat caused the 2" polypipe to buckle and the beans collapsed. However all was not lost and with a bit of Permculture ingenuity the solution was :

Huzzah ! wire, timber posts and awning guy ropes brought strength where there had been weakness. All is now well and the beans shoot on upwards and outwards, well... full of beans (actually)

And here’s a quick round up of the OMG row-by-row :

And here, as usual, are the overall general views at the end of Week 21 :

OMG at the end of Week 21

Potato patch at the end of Week 21





Filed under Garden Diary, Growing, Harvesting, Stephen Couling, Vegetables

9 responses to “Week 21 in the OMG

  1. Fantastic!
    Do you allow/welcome visitors, have open ddays and tell where you are? We are on Spring Flat Road at Mongrel Vineyard

    • Hi Sue, yep we’ve got a open day coming up, but we don’t do walk-up visits as its too logistically tricky at this stage – 🙂

      • Great. We’ll keep watching and hope that we will be able to come….I’ll also post on my fb pages. Do you sell your produce? I know at least one excellent local caterer who is always looking for regional produce and one organic vineyard who does food who would be very interested

  2. Brad & Thomas

    Hello Stephen,
    Looking good mate.. What type of peas are you growing in summer?

    See you in Feb..

    Brad & Thomas

  3. Hi Stephen,
    What abundance! Looks fantastic. I’m interested in your observations of mulch versus no mulch in a market garden. I understand it’s not usual practice to use it but I wouldn’t be able to help myself!

    • Joanne – the reason mulch is not normally used is simply that it makes weeding difficult.
      However we feel that the advantages of mulch in our hot dry climate outweigh this.
      A couple of other points here :
      Mike and Joyce at Allsun are producing on a much larger scale. They only mulch Garlic (I believe) because, being a monocotyledon they don’t produce leaves that shade and self-mulch rows.
      Bare soil will produce a soil mulch.
      Allsun’s soil is long established and well friable.
      Ours is new and full of clay which tends to form a hard pan surface which (a) some seedlings find hard to get through and (b) water tends to run off it.
      In mulching our rows we are : preventing surface panning, retaining moisture in the ground, and improving the carbon content of the soils.
      In short my aim with this garden in the first year is two-fold :
      1. To produce as much food as possible
      2. To improve the soil as quickly as possible

  4. Debbie

    You’re so knowledgeable these days!! xx

  5. Michelle

    Hi Stephen,
    Interested in knowing more about your irrigation system – what are you using, size of the pump,etc….
    Keep up the wonderful work – so inspiring for us market garden beginners !!
    Sthn Tassie

    • Hello Michelle
      Sorry not to reply earlier.
      Our irrigation is a mixture of Drip-line (we use Drip-ese code DripX which is pressure compensated with holes at 30cm), Sprinklers/Wobblers on vertical pipes, hose and the good-old watering can !
      We don’t need a pump as all our irrigation is fed from the top dam. When full (as it is now) the height above the OMG provides 40psi. At about 1/4 full (as it was at the beginning of the summer) the pressure is down to 30psi but still good enough to run the Wobblers and get a good coverage.
      Thanks for your kind words. I hope you continue to be inspired…

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