With summer coming to an end the gardens are also beginning to wind down. I am still very much learning how much we need to plant so we have enough produce to eat. Thank goodness for the local fruit and vege shop. Here is a quick tour of the gardens.
The Solanaceae bed is still pumping out fruit. The cherry tomatoes are doing well, despite the garden lacking something so the plants still look abit hungry. The Roma tomatoes are still rather small but have a few fruit on them. Green vegetable bugs and fruit fly were a problem earlier last month but the cooler weather seems to have killed them. The capsicums are doing well. I have a total of 5 plants in and harvest 2 or 3 capsicums everyday. Finally, the eggplant has given a good 8 or 9 fruits. It has slowed down a bit now with the cooler weather but there is afew fruit still ripening.
The potatoes have been harvested, it was a rather dismal crop with only a few kilos harvested. And I obviously missed a few as new plants are coming up. In one end of the bed I have planted silverbeet for the chooks, next season I will not bother with spuds in the gardens but will do them in containers instead. Later in the week I will pull back the mulch and work the soil over (Our soil tends to crust over) and add some compost and hen litter.
The Cucurbit bed has had mixed results. The zuchinni has produced a mass of fruit, that we are still consuming! The poor plants is looking sad after the recent windy weather. At the other end I two more cucumber plants in and hope there might be a few homegrown cucumbers this year before the frosts.
The root crop bed, is almost empty, the last the of the vegies should be harvested this week. The rest of the garden has been worked and remulched with straw from the chook house. So planting will be happening soon. I must plant more carrots and cover the bed with wire to keep the chooks out.
The legume bed. This was the last bed built and the most productive these last few weeks. Dwarf beans have been rolling in by the handfulls. At one end lettuce and spring onions have been planted. (Hopefully I will get some lettuce if the chooks will keep out of the garden.)
So that is it in the vegetable beds. Now onto planting and afew more ‘Farming in the city’ posts.