Winter Blues  are deep set this month as we start off on our seventh Garden Bloggers Harvest Day this 5th day of July 2012 in the southern hemisphere, and the gardeners of Two Gardens have very little to show off. All the gardening magazines highlight the fact that we should be harvesting our cabbages, cauliflowers and broccolis, but this is far from happening. Well, the temperatures have been rather cold and we have spotted snow on the nearby mountains. So time off in the veggie garden has been authorized!!

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

With the great care taken last month, all the seedings are sitting well in the veggie patch, but far from gracing our tables this month. I am still harvesting swiss chard from last years plantings so this is a huge reward. I know that this coming season I will be so flooded with leafy greens, that I could open my own veggie market!  For the first time I have sown various baby leaf lettuces in my raised beds, so this month will be the ‘calm before the storm’, so to speak! Let’s see what will burst forth this coming spring…..

In the raised beds …

Baby leaf lettuces

Lots and lots of greens

This is tatsoi – I think!

Will have a plentiful harvest soon!

In the veggie patch …

The organised veggie patch

All companion planted for better results

Here you can see the English Spinach in the centre rows, beetroot above this as well as celery, then the broad beans next to the trellis. I have chamomile surrounding the cauliflower and a fennel or two. In between I have planted some violas and stuck some bulbs in there too for some ‘pretty’. I have a small rosemary in the corner and hope my lemon verbena will flower again. Oh, and a potato managed to re-seed itself – see it?

Here you can see more clearly

Here I have a pepadew chilli-very sweet!

The fruit Trees…

My beautiful lemon tree – bursting with lemons!

The guavas are ripening and are sweet and delicious. These have the soft white flesh inside and I read that they are full of great health benefits. This attractive fruit is a real storehouse of nutrients. If it is “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” in Europe and Americas, it must be “A few guavas in the season keeps the doctor away for the whole year”.

In the Herb Patch…

Celery and chamomile have re-seeded and taking over! But some flowing bulbs too.

Thyme and Mint with parsley in background

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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