It is a few weeks since I have posted, but July is annual leave at Wynlen House.
We are nearly at the end of July and what a cold month it has been. Its the 26th day of the month and we have had (see email) It is the first frost season for a number of years where we are using double layer covering. A single layer of insulnet is just not enough. Our plantings through June and July have really felt the affects of daily frosts and temperatures hovering between -5° to -7° and below. the double layering has allowed some minimal growth to continue.
we have been incredibly impressed with the Japanese and asian greens we have been growing through this very cold winter. And yes, note I have used the word growing, because these amazing salad and stir-fry greens have continued to grow right through this extremely cold winter. We even have some joi choi happily pottering along uncovered and totally exposed.
Last weekend we ran our winter vegetable growing workshop and it was wonderful to have our students inspired by our growing winter garden. Of course the section on what can be planted now and through August was of great interest. At Wynlen House we continue with our intensive bed planting right through winter. The planting in an intensive bed includes:
While it is of interest to know what can be planted I think it is also useful to know what we are currently harvesting or is ready to harvest:
So yes our winters may be the harshest in Australia, except for the Alpine regions, but gardens can still be productive and we can enjoy some of the best cold season vegetables; nutrient dense and intense with flavour that can only be achieved by a good winter frost season.
Happy gardening and keep warm
Bronwyn Richards has cared for animals and has been growing vegetables successfully all her adult life. She is principle gardener for Wynlen House Farm