Winter starts us off on our sixth Garden Bloggers Harvest Day this 5th day of June 2012 in the southern hemisphere, and the gardeners of Two Gardens have been hit hard with the “flu blues” and “sinus struggles” the past week, but on the mend. Even though our winters are not that harsh, they can be wet and stormy. This threatens our delicate seedlings in our vegetable and herb gardens planted in autumn. The winter seeds that we could sow in May were beans, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, swiss chard, beetroot, carrots, and onions. Let’s see what our vegetable and herb gardens look like in June.

Let’s see what can be harvested from Barbie’s Garden this month

My June basket is looking miserably empty, I’m afraid! But the prospect of a winter harvest is looking promising. I have spent the best part of two weekends cleaning, pulling, raking, digging, and planting. I am happy to say my seedlings have had a good start on my deck and are now put to bed in the veggie patch. Here we can see the newbies and how they have been placed with the companion planting method.

Broad beans, coriander (behind)

Tomato, cucumber, and strawberry pots

Coriander seedlings

Cucumber – Ashley

The veggie patch has been cleared for the new seedlings. The only remaining plants are the lemon verbena (my soldiers who keep the bad bugs at bay), sage, some flowers for pretty, the chilli plants and a few swiss chard plants that are looking sad but still proudly producing.

Chilli – all year round

Celery – seeds itself!

My broad beans are ready for planting. These are heirloom seeds and the beans are purple but turn green when cooked! This will be  fun to eat!

And here are the new seedlings

Companion planting method used

And my fruit trees…..

Guava tree is full

Lemon tree is full!

My herbs are all looking and tasting beautiful – parsley, sage, thyme and mint. The only one I’m missing is Basil – soon, soon!

Let’s see what can be harvested from Christine’s Garden …

I’m not as organised as Barbie … sigh. So I don’t have much to show in the veggie department, except for something that is brand new in my garden … Waterblommetjies! Waterblommetjies (Aponogeton distachyos) are used in South Africa to make a type of stew called Waterblommetjiebredie.  Cooked with onions, mutton or lamb and a few leaves of the local sorrel it makes a delicious stew. Mine have just started growing, so I won’t be making the stew anytime soon, but I thought this was a bit more interesting to show than repeats of my usual veggies.

Waterblommetjie (Aponogeton distachyos)Aponogeton distachyos

The flower of the WaterblommetjieThe flower of the Waterblommetjie

My Garlic bulbs are coming upMy Garlic bulbs are coming up

I love the Fennel plant I love the Fennel plant

Borage – so rewarding to growBorage - so rewarding to grow

Lots of herbs ready for pickingLots of herbs are ready for picking

That’s all for this month – What’s growing in your Veggie Patch this month?

About Garden Bloggers Harvest Day

Please join us on the 5th of every month and show us what you’ve harvested. Whether you have a massive vegetable garden or grow a few herbs in pots or just pick a few peaches from a tree … we’d love to see! It’s all about sharing our experiences, photographs, successes and failures as we “learn to grow”.

So prepare a post on your blog about what you harvested this past month, link up to us at The Gardening Blog and then, add your link to the Mr. Linky below so we can all visit your blog and “share in your harvest”. And leave us a comment! We LOVE hearing from you!

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