The hardest part of living from your garden I am finding is the successive planting. Plant too soon and you have a glut or plant to late and you will have a famine. We momentarily had a glut of tomatoes now thanks to the caterpillars we have a famine. Alas more are coming but it will be a few weeks before they are ready. Rationing is in full effect at the moment with the few ripe ones left.
It wasn’t too long ago I was picking more beans than we could consume and sometime in that bean induced haze I ‘forgot’ to plant some follow ups. No beans, no beans for weeks now. More are coming…
With the fabulous damp weather we are experiencing I have been on a planting frenzy hoping to squeeze a few more harvests out of the summer plantings, before the cooler autumn weather sets in. (I hope all my readers from down south are survived in the heat!) More beans, bok choy, spring onions, lettuce, carrots and sunflowers are all going in. I really do enjoy this time of year with direct sowing. No messy bleachy water, seedling trays or sterilized seedling mix.
Sadly I write we will not be harvesting any pumpkins or watermelons this year. All I will say about this is Chooks and a sodding big fence next year. My Luffa plants that were planted on the chicken fence are growing exceptionally well. Well one is. The other too has succumbed to ‘The Beak.’ A word of warning ‘they’ (the chooks) enjoy passion fruit leaves too.
But feasts are being enjoyed too a handful of raspberries everyday, more chives than I know what to do with, beetroots, zuchinnis, figs, basil, eggplants, chillis, silverbeets, potatoes and capsicums.
Are you too suffering from feasts or famines?