Week 31 in the OMG

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A cornucopia of carrots ! We had an Open Day here at Milkwood on Sunday so to cater for 60 visitors + the resident community here Rose asked me to pull all the mature carrots.

I had planted a packet of Digger’s multi-coloured carrots and had no idea they would bear such rich and lovely colours….

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Here’s a close-up shot of those held by our Rose – and also a picture of our carrot lovers. I did not thin these out thinking that Nature Knows Best and would sort out which would be the stronger root – little realising that we would get amazing things like this … quiet sweet really.

Summer is over and the garden is fading into its autumnal look – so here’s a photographic run around the garden. After Easter our wonderful structures will come down and the garden put to bed for the winter – which really means resting it and preparing it for spring.

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Still some salad greens pumping out their leaves; some capsicum fruiting; and the chickens loving the remains of the Roma Tomatoes.

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View of the Tomatoe beds and Spaceship – looking a bit sad now as the plants come to the end of their productive life – but the Cherry Tomatoes are still producing well.

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View from the other end. The Hydbrid F1 corn (next to the Cucumber Cathedral) has been delicious – the other corn (which came from pig-food grain) will be good for the chickens.

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The Brassica Shade Walk is doing a fine job – we are still getting 30 degree afternoons so that bit of shade is beneficial to the young plants. These will be for spring eating.

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In the North Border the asparagus bed is looking really healthy – and the other border plants are doing well. Outside the fence we have planted a line of Elder trees which will be grown into a hedge for wind-break protection. The rest of the plants – a mixture of all sorts of things (comfrey, dahlia, lavender, hyssop, fuscia, feverfew) are doing well and will provide bee-forage and attract other beneficial insects into the OMG area.

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The Potatoe Patch was the scene of student work in last weekend’s ‘Starting a Market Garden Course’ (presented by our mentors Mike & Joyce from Allsun Farm at Gundaroo) – you can see the new beds running at an angle to the remains of the potato mounds (reminds me of those shadows seen in English fields that show where ancient strip farming took place).

This area is going to be the extension of the OMG – we are getting bigger and better ! Watch for future posts….

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Our usual view of the garden at the end of Week 31. It still amazes me a bit to think that just over six months ago this was bare creek flat !

Bye for now…. happy autumn gardening to you all.

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