Red cabbage seeds popping out

April in my sub-tropical City Farm

March was not overly kind, we’ve still experienced cracker 30+ days and drenching rain (5 inches over night in one instance), but the slightly cooler nights has definitely meant a big change in the amount of bugs we’ve been experiencing. We’re now mostly free from caterpillars and finally some capsicums are starting to grow as the fruit fly seems to have disappeared.

Aquaponics System

We have wilt in our tomatoes. Well at least that’s what I think it is. First it started with the eggplant that was abundant with flowers – initially we thought it was from Nathan breaking roots as they had started growing through the siphon. But the same symptoms have spread to a new plant within the same family. I am not really sure how to get it out of the aquaponics, or whether it is actually wilt.

Aquaponics grow bed
Aquaponics grow bed

The luffa has grown well and truly beyond anything I could have imagined, creeping up the nearby trees over 4 metres in the air. We have a good supply of massive fruit and I can’t wait to see how they turn out. It is still producing a massive amount of fruit.

Luffa
Luffa

 

Garden Bed (formerly new garden)

Things are going OK here, except for the baby bush turkey who likes to come and visit quite regularly and scratch up all the amazing compost I had spread around. The tomatoes aren’t that great, but this patch doesn’t get a lot of sunshine at the moment.

April Garden Bed
April Garden Bed

My raspberry in the pot now has fruit! So I am excited to see how they turn out – they are a bit late.

Rasberries! No more poo berries for me
Rasberries! No more poo berries for me

2mx1m raised beds

Zucchini is growing well, but I am battling with the mildew because of the rain. I am hoping they will survive. Our cauliflower is going so well and the beets as well. The cherry tomato has stopped putting on fruit so I’ve pulled that out and plan on putting some peas in that space.

Powdery mildew taking over
Powdery mildew taking over

The second garden is still just sweet potato & luffa – will continue to let it go wild. I’ve never actually seen a sweet potato flower before – apparently it’s rare – but humid conditions make it flower, makes total sense.

Sweet Potato flower
Sweet Potato flower

NEW 1mx1m raised beds

My friend was cleaning out her garage and offered me her raised beds – I was so excited, Nathan not so much as it meant moving loads of dirt to fill them. Luckily we had enough in the compost bin and the trug to mostly fill the beds and it was only 12 bags of mix (4:1 compost:5in1).

New gardens!
New gardens!

I’ve planted out a bunch of seeds including mortgage lifter tomato, celery, candystripe beets, swiss chard, carrots, radish, lettuce, dill, kale & red cabbage. I was going to raise these in seed raising trays but I planted them right in their spots – most of them have popped up already – except the candystripe beet and celery.

Red cabbage seeds popping out
Red cabbage seeds popping out

Harvesting

Herbs, lettuce, spring onions, fresh ginger and until recently cherry tomatoes. Might be another month until we get a harvest happening again!

What’s up next

Peas & Flowers, I am thinking of growing some sweet peas up the fence in the garden bed.

What I have growing

  • Luffa
  • Bush Beans
  • Beetroot (red, yellow, candystripe)
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Radish
  • Swiss Chard
  • Thai Chilli
  • Tomatoes (Mortgage lifter, Italian, basket)
  • Lettuce (mignonette, cos, red oak)
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Strawberries
  • Herbs (Dill, Coriander, Sage, Sweet Basil, Thai Basil, Thyme, Lemon Thyme, Rosemary, Parsley, Mint, rosemary, lemon balm, chocolate mint)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Spring Onions, Leek
  • Lemon Grass
  • Zuchinni
  • Purple Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale, tuscan, red & curly
  • Echinacea
  • Capsicum (Small yellow, Californian Wonder, Chocolate, Patio)
  • Raspberries, blueberries, cumquat, lemons, pineapple, avocado, pomegranate, fig, coffee beans, lime, rosella
City Veggie Patch
City Veggie Patch

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4 thoughts on “April in my sub-tropical City Farm

  1. So much going on in your garden, I love your aquaponics system very cool. I too am waiting on tomatoes but the wait should be over by the end of this month. I can’t wait, real tomatoes again. I m looking forward to some cooler weather and keeping an eye on your red cabbages as I have never been able to grow them.

    1. Thanks Lizzie! It is depressing having to buy tomatoes and then having an abundance of them. I am looking forward to the cooler weather, almost impossible to grow anything in summer up here.

  2. What a gorgeous array of produce you have growing and wow how fabulous of your friend to give you her raised beds, lucky you! it looks like you have put them to very good use.
    I look forward to seeing how your garden progresses.

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