Saturday Garden Journal

I  really love the season of Spring… Our garden is literally bursting with green, buds, fruit, veggies and luscious lawn! After our freezing winter when everything looked quite dead, how refreshing to walk on soft grass and smell the perfume of roses and Jasmin in the air… This is a photo of our back garden I took standing at my kitchen door.  You can just see our  enclosed veggie garden to the right in the distance, that is where all the fresh goodness grows…

After many years of attempting to grow potatoes in the ground and above ground, I have taken to planting them in individual pots. Each year we would harvest a few and the cutworms would eat through the rest. So now I am hoping that I have avoided the cutworms entirely by filling these post with rich composted and enriched soil and we will have beautiful, huge potatoes (hopefully)

Our Petria is in bloom, this grows really well right next to our water tank that tends to overflow occasionally, keeping it well watered.

Our little orchard has Almonds, Apricots, Nectarines, Plums, Figs and Peaches growing at the moment. The only problem is that the birds love these fruit trees about as much as we do. I really do want to share our fruit with the birds, but I just don’t want them to peck and eat into every single piece that is growing. So this is what we have done, we have recycled some plastic bags by tying them onto the branches near the fruit so that they can flap around, creating a noise to keep the birds from eating everything. This I feel is fair, the birds will get to eat some fruit and so will we:)

Our bed of Calendula flowers.

I have been reading about companion planting from the Companion Planting book, this is such a beautiful book, full of advise on the uses of various plants to enhance the growth of certain veggies and keep pests away too.

The Irises are growing inside our enclosed veg garden, they encourage the bees and other insects to come in and work their magic with our veggies. The sides of our veggie garden have openings for insects to enter and leave but birds are kept out, thank goodness. Our garden was open for many years but after numerous crops of spinach being completely stripped we decided to bite the bullet and close it off, it has been so much better since then.

Leeks almost ready for harvest, I did pick a few today and will be making a leek and potato soup tomorrow with them.

Our lemon trees and full of buds and blossoms. I am really determined to try and have a successful growing season this summer, most of the heirloom seeds have been planted and more will go into the ground next week, exciting times ahead!

Joining with Ginny today.

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25 Responses to Saturday Garden Journal

  1. Wendy September 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Oh it all looks so lovely! Enjoy spring 🙂

    • Linda September 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

      Thanks Wendy you too:)

  2. lori September 29, 2012 at 5:57 pm #

    thank you for the garden tour, i could have stayed all day! everything looks so lush and vibrant and beautiful! i’m glad you are happy about spring there linda, i am really happy about our coming autumn too. have a wonderful weekend in the garden, xxx lori

    • Linda September 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

      Hi Lori:)
      I am enjoying Spring so much, have a lovely Autumn:)
      xo xo Linda

  3. Angela September 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Oh, what a beautiful lemon tree! Wish we could grow citrus here. What will you make with all those lemons?

  4. Angela September 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Oh, what a beautiful lemon tree! Wish we could grow citrus here. What will you make with all those lemons?

  5. heathermama September 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    what a garden you have. i had to look and see what part of the world you were in… south africa, how amazing. as we head into fall you are jumping into spring. 🙂

  6. Becky September 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    I am in love with your orchard and lemon trees. I’ve started a new gardening linky called Tuesday Greens on http://www.craftygardenmama.com. I’d love to have you stop by and link up. Have a great weekend!

  7. Patti Waldfogel September 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm #

    ABSOLUTELY LOVELY!!! I can almost smell the lemons! Thank you for sharing your beautiful garden!!!

  8. Linda Pfeffer September 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    “Leek and potato soup??!!” What time is dinner?? Have I missed it already?? :((((

    As always, your photos are my “Ahhhhh!” moment of the day – thanks!

    • Linda September 30, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      Come over Linda, we’ll probably have the soup tonight 😉
      xo

  9. steph September 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    seeing everything so lush and green out your back door…..and comparing it to mine, which is just turning autumn hues— really makes one realize how the cycle of seasons and life progress!!! Enjoy your spring goodness….I know I loved the tour!!

    • Linda September 30, 2012 at 11:21 am #

      Thanks for visiting Steph:)

  10. Nance September 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Your yard and garden is lovely. How I’d like to be there watching spring arrive instead of fall here. The lemon tree is awesome. Enjoy your spring.

  11. Diana September 29, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

    Extremely beautiful!

  12. sarah @ gladys in the garden September 30, 2012 at 1:54 am #

    Your garden is amazing. Can I ask how much land you have?
    Thank you, I picked up some good tips, especially with closing off the veggie garden. We get a coupleof possums and my friend down the street has quite a lot of her veg eaten by “Mr Poss”. Did you only put one seed potato in each pot or do you need a couple?
    Such a great orchard as well.

    • Linda September 30, 2012 at 11:23 am #

      Hi Sarah, we have an acre of land about 3900 square meters (I think:)
      I only put one seed potato in each pot.
      Thanks for visiting:)
      Linda

  13. Gretchen September 30, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    I love all the purples in your garden and the lemons! Thank you for the tour. I just started a new garden/farming link up and would love you to join! http://www.simplejoyfulliving.com/2012/09/backyard-farming-connection-bees.html

  14. Lisa G. September 30, 2012 at 2:27 am #

    Your garden looks wonderful! Leeks! And, potatoes grown in pots is something I’ve never heard of – I’ll be interested in how they turn out.

  15. karen September 30, 2012 at 3:40 am #

    its all looking so lush and green. I bet your soup was yummy

  16. Audrey September 30, 2012 at 4:05 am #

    What a lovely, lovely garden ~ I’m visiting from Ginny’s site. I also use plastic bags on my tomato plants to keep the birds out…..they LOVE to eat my tomatoes!!! The bags have worked well though. I tried a scarecrow a few years ago and it was useless. We’ve been lucky and haven’t had any problems growing potatoes ~ it’s one of my favorites….you never know what you’re going to pull up. I love the surprise! Hope yours work out well in the containers. I’m envious of your orchard ~ wish i had enough space for those trees! Yum.

  17. Jusa September 30, 2012 at 5:07 am #

    What an impressive garden!! And, living in the northern hemisphere, I’m jealous you are enjoying Spring now. I have in the back of my mind that I heard that potatoes in planters need some air circulation so they don’t overheat. I remember seeing a raised box built of horizontal slats that had alternating opposite sides removed for this purpose. The potatoes were planted in the openings on the sides. One thing I read is to be careful not to overwater your pot. Let it dry out between waterings. It will be interesting to see your harvest at the end of your summer. Good luck.

    • Linda September 30, 2012 at 11:26 am #

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful information Jusa, I will post the results of my pot potatoes, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that they will grow well:)

  18. Barbara Szatkiewicz September 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Your garden is lovely. You are enjoying Spring and here in Wisconsin, USA we are in the midst of our Fall colors. Our woods are aglow in golds and oranges. Thank you for sharing your pictures.

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