We are back to planting vegetables and my husband took the day off work so he and the children could get them done.

The children finished planting the potatoes, so we have nearly 90 kg planted, half whites and half reds.IMG_0258[1]

Here’s a picture of the first potatoes coming up.  This  is very exciting!!

IMG_0265[1]Here are the gang planting the potatoes.  The children did a fantastic job and saved their father and myself from doing it.  We are trying to teach them diligence and consistency when they work.


Here’s a picture of my very handsome husband after he had finished laying out the potatoes for the children to plant.

After they finished planting the potatoes, No 2 son and his father planted pumpkin and corn seeds.  The pumpkin they planted with the corn was Jarrahdale and then they also planted peas with Queensland Blue Pumpkins amoungst them.

We have been buying our seeds from a bulk supplier so we have enough for a few years and it is more cost effective this way.  This year we bought 15,000 corn seeds (this was the smallest amount we could get), this should last a little bit!!!

I just asked my husband why they planted the corn and pumpkin together in rows.  His answer was very technical and might take up a bit of room, but here goes:

  1. Hopefully the pumpkin leaves will shade the ground and keep it moist and cool.
  2. Both corn and pumpkins require a lot of water, so this will water 2 birds with 1 stone.
  3. The corn will finish off before the pumpkins so hence allowing room for the pumpkins to spread out – and the most important reason of all….
  4. That was how they did it on the movie “Fiddler On The Roof”!!!!

We got some cucumber seedlings from our local nursery and planted them in an area that was heavily manured.


You can just see the green of the cucumbers in this photo. They are apple and continental. The manure comes from our feedlot pen where we had been keeping our pigs and cattle over the winter. They were bedded down on hay so now it is ready to be dug out and hoed into the beds,

Seed planter
Seed sower

This is the tool that my husband uses for planting seeds.  You put the seeds in the hopper on top and then there is a plate in there that has holes big enough for the specific seed to go through.  There are a number of different plates for different sized seeds eg: carrots. Then you push this along the bed and it places the seed on the ground and then covers it over and rolls it down.  This is very handy and saves a lot of back breaking work.

The tomatoes that we first planted are going quite well, but we didn’t get the plastic on as it had holes in it, so we put preserving jars over them.  Now as the weather is warming up we took them off and they look good.  We did loose a few though but this happens.IMG_0264[1]

Tomato seedlings

So that’s our latest vegetable news for now, will post more photos once everything starts coming up.

Blessings to you all.

What are you up to in your garden, is it winter or spring???

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  1. You have a great start! Here, that planting system is called the 3 sisters. It is a corn, bean, and a squash/gourd. The beans climb the corn, the vines grow out at the bottom, and the corn of course goes up. All 3 require plenty of water and similar ground conditions. When the corn is done, the beans use it as a natural pole, and the corn provides a place marker to find the middle of the vines trailing out from the bottom. 🙂

    It is time to tear out gardens here, as it has already frozen over once. We’ve had our last harvests of tomatoes and peppers, and just brought in the last of the tender herbs for the year. I grow lots of mint, basil, oregano, thyme, and try different things yearly. I canned a bit out of the garden, and we enjoyed a lot of fresh veggies, and froze some as well for later, gave a lot away as well–my father in law has a huge backyard garden that takes up most of the yard, plus some plants in the front yard, and we share the garden and work with him as he’s in his upper 80’s. It’s now time for us to start planning for next year, drooling over seed catalogs, and so on. 🙂

    1. Thanks for sorting that out for us, my husband was quite interested in this. Sounds like you have a great vegetable growing resource and great that you can share in your father-in-laws garden and help him, what a blessing. Our ground doesn’t freeze here although we do have frosts, we mainly grow brassicas in the winter – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage. I made and canned heaps of soups and stews last season when the crops came in and I have just about finished using them, I am looking forward to making more early next year. Thanks again for your comment. Blessings

  2. MMmmmm broccolis and cauliflower fresh out of the ground is so tasty! We did those a couple of years ago and froze them for casseroles. You’re right, it is a blessing to work with hubby’s dad on his. The garden is older than hubby, and he’s 46–that ground grows monsters of everything put in! I swear even the worms from it spit green and bite. This year we had tomatoes that weighed in at well over 2 pounds each and covered saucers. Hoping for a good season next year like that!!

  3. You’re off to a great start! So nice to have many hands share the work. Thanks for stopping by this week’s Maple Hill Hop! Hope to see you next week!

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