Seven weeks ago I had a bare garden bed from which I had just wrangled buckets and buckets of rocks. See Picture 1.
Picture 1: My rock harvest - seven buckets after three hours of digging.
Six weeks ago I planted out sweetcorn plants which I had raised indoors from seed. They were about 10 cm tall when planted. Five weeks ago I planted out pumpkins with 4 or 5 leaves each in between the corn plants. Today the biggest corn plants are nearly a metre tall, and the pumpkins have so many leaves there is hardly any bare earth to be seen. See Picture 2.
Picture 2: Seven weeks later - a lush vege patch.
Plus in the same part of the garden the dwarf beans which were planted in late September have started to flower, and the Cliffs Kidney early potatoes which were planted in early September are thriving and will soon be ready to eat.
We have already eaten zucchini from plants that I started off in the glasshouse in big buckets, then moved outside, and one plant in the garden has finger-sized fruit which will soon be big enough to eat. We no longer need to buy lettuce,salad leaves, silverbeet or spinach. The brassicas are also thriving, remarkably unmolested by the few white butterflies which I have seen about. How long can this last?
For now, we are enjoying getting all of our green veges from the garden in such a short time - and anticipating that yellow corn and those orange pumpkins.