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Garden Bloggers Harvest Day in June

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.

[one_half]Broad beans, coriander (behind)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Tomato, cucumber, and strawberry pots[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Coriander seedlings[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Cucumber – Ashley[/one_half_last]

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.

[one_half]Chilli – all year round[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Celery – seeds itself![/one_half_last]

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!

[one_half]And here are the new seedlings[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Companion planting method used[/one_half_last]

And my fruit trees…..

[one_half]Guava tree is full[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lemon tree is full![/one_half_last]

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.

[one_half]Waterblommetjie (Aponogeton distachyos)Aponogeton distachyos[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The flower of the WaterblommetjieThe flower of the Waterblommetjie[/one_half_last]

[one_half]My Garlic bulbs are coming upMy Garlic bulbs are coming up[/one_half]

[one_half_last]I love the Fennel plant I love the Fennel plant [/one_half_last]

[one_half]Borage – so rewarding to growBorage - so rewarding to grow[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lots of herbs ready for pickingLots of herbs are ready for picking[/one_half_last]

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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By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

23 replies on “Garden Bloggers Harvest Day in June”

Thank you – the Lemon Verbena – It is also a wonderful medicinal plant too. You can make a lovely tea from the leaves to treat tension headaches and soothes depression. Also such a fragrant bush.

Awe …nostalgic isn’t it? I am learning to love this fruit. Just to pick your own fresh guavas is a true delight for me. I have also stewed them as a dessert. Delicious.

I hope you’re both feeling better now. Sorry to hear you’ve both been sick. I’m so impressed that you’re both still harvesting – and planting more things to harvest, too! That Waterblommetjie was a new one for me. But, I know some people love lotus tubers. Do you eat the tuber of that, or the bloom, or the stems?

Just come across this meme via Christina’s Hesperides Garden. Will join in but will be a couple of days late as just posted for today (and it took ages!)

Hi there, the only thing we could harvest this year (because its the only herb we have) is basil, which we did this week and made two batches of pesto to store in the freezer.. yum. By next year though I hope to have a small herb garden on the roof of our house, so hopefully I’ll have more stories to share next time 🙂 Enjoy your produce looks great.

Hi there! Thanks for hosting this great meme! I linked a post I did at the end of May showing what I was growing and eating! I’m on vacation at Disney so couldn’t create a whole new post but definitely wanted to Join you.

I can’t wait to see the broad beans grow. I am in love w the lemons too. I have a lemon tree that I move outside in summer but it never seems to get so far as to produce any lemons that will ripen. They fall off!

The waterblommetjie sounds interesting. Do you harvest them straight from the water? Do they become large plants?

Wow – at Disney? Happy holiday! 🙂 You are forgiven, and we look forward to your next post! The lemon tree needs attention. I know that I need to always keep mine in check. Feed water and spray soapy water to get rid of aphids.

It is so interesting to see your garden vegetable plants at this time of year. I wish I could grow lemons or guava. And I am really fascinated by the Waterblommetjiebredie…interesting…

I am glad your link is working again. For two days, I could not visit. The gardens are still being productive with new seedlings and the fruiting trees. I really wish I could grow lemons. Fresh is always so much better, plus I like the look of the trees in the landscape.This is the first year that I did not have any food plants growing, even herbs. I was away for about a month and would not have had anyone to care for them.

Guava catches my eye, how very exotic! Interestingly you have lemons at the same time as me (I wonder how that works?). I rather envy the snazzy red boots! Christina

Interesting, here is South Africa, the guava tree has been marked as an invasive alien plant and cannot be sold or planted, but if you have one you do not have to remove it. How can an exotic fruit bearing (brimming with healthy goodness, I might add) tree be a threat? I find this absurd!
The lemons, well ours is almost year round. There are only a few months where there are no fruit.
Like my boots 🙂 Christine also has a pair! We make sure that we match! 🙂

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