Our Late Spring Canberra Garden

The makings of a summer salad or two…

Herbs to enhance all manner of dishes…

The gorgeous garlic (Monaro Red, I think…) planted months ago with my sister-in-law AJ! xx

Lovely to have a few fruit trees finally in the garden… and a quiet place to sit on balmy evenings.

 

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22 thoughts on “Our Late Spring Canberra Garden

  1. Nicki

    I hope to have my own productive garden one day so we can do a fruit/veg swap from time to time 🙂 I’m especially looking forward to those yummy feijoa 😉

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      My fingers are crossed for the feijoas Nic! It would be exciting to see some fruit this year, but somehow I think we may need to wait another year… 😦 The fruit/veg swap is a fabulous idea – I’m all for that! 🙂 M.xx

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  2. trixpin

    Oh my goodness! What a productive garden 🙂 You must have worked so hard to get all those little things up and growing. I think I would have killed most of them off (not deliberately, of course. I’m just hopeless where gardening is concerned). And how exciting to get kumquats and limes!

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Ahhh, it’s an easy thing to kill them off Trix… not enough water… too much water… not enough singing… the list goes on… 😉 So far so good this year though. Fingers crossed they continue to look this healthy in the weeks/months to come! The limes I’m really excited about, but the kumquats are really quite unpleasant. I tasted a different variety not so long ago that were more oval in shape and I could happily eat them fresh off the tree… mine might be more of a decorative feature this year, rather than food! 🙂

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  3. Fae's Twist & Tango

    I am not a gardener, but my mother was. I envy people who are and appreciate when they share their harvest. I do have such a friend who does. I can imagine it with you… when my friend talks about her garden, that is when she looks the liveliest. Very touching. 🙂

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Gardening is such a wonderful (and quite therapeutic) thing to do… I find I’m a lot more enthusiastic about getting out there, with a garden that produces fresh food for our meals. With a great farmer’s market nearby each Saturday, this means that only on the odd occasion do I need to buy any produce from the supermarket (something I’m happy to avoid… for many a reason!) 🙂

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  4. ChgoJohn

    How beautiful, Margot! Yo’ve such a wide variety of plants and they’re doing so well so early in the season. Our climates are so very different. Here, were just starting to transplant our seedling outdoors midway through Spring, if we’re lucky. How nice to see you celebrate your warm climate with such a great garden. I hope you’ll share more photos of it throughout your growing season. I’d love to see its progress. 🙂

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks very much for your kind words John! It rarely snows in Canberra and if it does, it pretty much melts as soon as it hits the ground. We do get a fair amount of frost and sub-zero temps, so certain plants (like tomatoes) usually need to wait until about now for transplanting outdoors. I took a risk this year and went a bit early with them… thankfully it paid off!
      We’ve just started contemplating pulling half the veggies out (perhaps in late summer) to put in a chicken coop, to house a couple of chooks! Fresh eggs each day would be so exciting! Something to think about anyway… Cheers, Margot

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  5. lapetitepaniere

    Margot, I’m jealous you have a gorgeous and beautiful garden. I love the Bottle Brush in Fire Engine and the yellow zucchinis are lovely. Have a nice weekend!

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  6. sam @ nourish

    Harvesting produce from the garden to cook is one of my favourite things! Your garden is looking like it will be feeding you all beautifully through summer!

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks Sam, it’s always great to be able to supplement the gorgeous fruit and veggies we get from the Farmer’s Market, with a few things of our own… especially in the way of lettuces and herbs. 🙂

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  7. Johnny / Kitschnflavours

    It’s always the herbs I go for. Although, I’d like those fruit trees! Never did grow anything much veg wise when I had a garden, excepting dwarf yellow beans. Even those were exciting – even if I had to grow them in a pot. Too many cats around to grow/eat anything else!

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      There are a few other herbs I’m keen to still plant – tarragon, sage and coriander (although it always goes to seed so quickly here). We’ve only just planted the peach and apple, so may be a few years until we see a nice little crop… Other than that, it’s always a bit hit and miss with the veggies – sometimes they do wonderfully, other years it feels like you’ve somewhat wasted your time and money. Fun all the same… and great for the kids to grow up surrounded by fresh produce! Hope you have a lovely weekend Johnny.

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Oh AJ! Can’t believe I walked around the whole garden and didn’t get a few shots of our garlic – oops! It’s been fixed now… photos inserted above! Not sure if it’s due to the wind we’ve had, but they’re starting to lie down for a little nap. How long until I can pull them from the ground? Lots of love to you guys and hope you have a great weekend. M.xx

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  8. The Novice Gardener

    Oh, wow!! I want my garden to look like yours, Margot! Love those purple peas! I grew the yellow-podded variety one year, but the purple is more striking. Gotta look for seeds. 😀

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Oh I’m sure your garden looks amazing Angie! I was completely surprised when the purple peas started growing… When I saw the dark red flowers starting to grow, I assumed someone had stuffed up and put a couple of Sweet Pea seedlings in the punnet by mistake. 🙂 They’ll certainly be a colourful addition to our salads! Hope you’re well Angie and not getting too exhausted each week hosting your Fiestas – you really are amazing! M.xx

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    1. Margot @ Gather and Graze Post author

      Thanks Suzanne, it’s all doing well so far… we have a couple of areas for our veggie beds, but neither of them get quite enough sun for certain veggies to really flourish. Things like lettuce and herbs do okay though thankfully!

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