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Winter planting #3: Broad beans

Against the odds, we harvested a few handfuls of broad beans a couple  of weeks ago. Why against the odds ? First of all, they had no sun over winter, and then, once they finally started powering upwards in spring, they got attacked by aphids.  Nasty.

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Farewell Clivias, hello cucumbers

A new kind of caterpillar invaded our garden recently. Thankfully, they were only interested in the clivias, which were already established in the garden bed before we started planting it out with mint and chillies. (Click on any pic to see larger versions).

Meg and Bev dealt with them, I just looked them up online and found out they are called spodoptera picta. They inflicted a huge amount of damage in a very short time. On the upside, they don’t eat vegies or herbs, and they gave us a good excuse to uproot what remained of the clivias and gain a bit more space in the garden bed for our own plantings.

Meanwhile, in other news, over summer we were able to harvest cucumbers, tomatoes, chillies and, as Bev pointed out in her last post, lots of herbs. We’ve been fertilising with copious amounts of juice from our worm farm, which is also pictured below.

So far only six units in our complex are involved with the garden, but we’ve been telling other residents and we’re hoping that a few newbies will turn up to our working bee this coming Sunday.