It's getting to about that time when I start thinking about the autumn garden. It's still too hot to be doing too much out in the veggie patch just yet, but seed starting, well that I can do!
Rhonda's got me into gear early this year with her garden along. Are you getting your garden ready to take part? I can't wait to see what everybody's growing. I never tire of looking at veggie gardens! There's also nothing better than watching your own garden progress as I did here last year. It's amazing to see what a garden can do in a few weeks. I can't wait to take photos again as I watch my garden grow!
I love this planning time, when the garden is full of so many possibilities. When I can let my imagination run wild with what I want to plant. I always grow too many seedlings. Always. I just love to watch those little seeds sprout! It's all good though, because I give a lot of my seedlings away. Usually I'll plant enough for our garden, and then some extras for family, friends and the little preschool down in the local village. It's awesome when you can help others get their veggie patch started. Especially kids. I just love to see little ones learning to grow food! Planting from seed is such a cheap way to start a garden, that it costs me barely anything to share the seedlings around.
I use all kinds of seeds when I plant my garden. Usually a mixture of heirlooms, saved seed and random packets. I've actually just started buying pea seeds in bulk, because I plant so many of them.
The peas don't go out in the trays though- I'll start those directly in the garden in a month or so when hopefully the heat starts to ease up a bit. Peas are planted everywhere around here, not just in the garden. I've taken growing them up our paddock fences as well, because you can never have too many peas! My kids eat them like they are lollies. We all do, come to think of it.
I'll also do a bunch of direct sowing into the raised beds. Some plants prefer to stay where they're planted and don't take kindly to being transplanted. I'll direct sow peas, carrots, beetroots, radishes, pak choy, coriander and maybe a couple of other things.
Oh I'm all excited just thinking about it! There's nothing like a new garden to get you inspired about fresh food again is there?
So tell me, are you planning your new season garden yet? What are you planting? Are you going to join us for the garden along?