Onions

Many many months ago I planted out tiny, tiny onion seedlings.  They lay flat on the soil for almost a week before they finally took hold and raised their heads to the sky. 

Four months later they are almost ready to harvest.  The skins are becoming brown and dry, along with the green strappy leaves.   Have you ever eaten a freshly picked onion?  No?  Oh what a treat you are missing!  They are sweet, juicy and nothing like the nasty old ones you find at the local grocers.  These are best eaten raw of softy fried in a dollop of fresh butter. 

Now you’d best be planning on including a few in your next plantings come Feburary

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Glut of Zucchini

Why oh why did I plant 5 zucchini plants?  

 

This is what I was faced with after a few days away over the Christmas and New Year period!  It rained most of the time which was lovely, but it has led to these monsters popping out everywhere. 

 

A quick peek under the leaves tells me there is more on the way too!  

Check back later in the week for some yummy recipes involving zucchini.

Peas

pea pods

yes its a pea bush!

The peas have gone crazy!  The bush at the back is over 1.7m tall and what makes it even better is it is loaded with flowers.  Growing them on the tomato towers has certainly worked well.  I have tried teepee’s and climbing frames in the past but these towers are working best.  I built them out of this wire  (tomato wire at bottom of page)  it is abit pricey but has paid for itself already in produce.

In the Garden

With the onset of the cooler months I have switched from growing the warmer season produce, to the cooler ones of onions, garlic, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli.  Mentioning broccoli I have had awful luck with germinating the seeds this year. I must have a poor batch of seeds. I am on my third tray of seedlings and I have about a 20% success rate. Out of desperation I brought seedlings today! I have some new seeds on order so hopefully I will have better luck with them! 

My beautiful crop of beans that I expected to produce until the frost hit, have succumbed to rust. It started as little rusty orange circles on the backs of the leaves and finally started to infect the pods. I should have treated it before it became so out of control, I do know better. *Sigh* Another lesson learned. I will be sure to plant rust resistant varieties next year.

Bean rust

Dwarf beans with rust spores on the leaves.

Bed 5

The refreshed bed after the beans were removed.

Bed 1

 The Roma tomatoes are still cropping beautifully – not a huge glut, but just enough for me to have one everyday. The capsicums are just about finished too, I harvested almost 1.5kg yesterday, they will be frozen for later use. I am debating what to do with lovely huge eggplant. It has grown so well should I try to put it in a pot and protect it from the frosts or just start afresh next spring? Any advice would be much appreciated…

Bed 2

There is still afew volunteer potatoes growing, I will let them go until the frosts knock them back. Fingers crossed there will be a few good ones to harvest.

Bed 3

The cucumbers I planted out way back here are growing so well! I must remember next year to plant out some seeds later in the summer. They seem to be enjoying the cooler weather. I am going to put a sheet over them during the frosts, just to see how long I can keep them going for….  Also in this bed is garlic, onions and carrots.

Bed 4

And finally the peas are growing merrily, I will pop the next lot in shortly so hopefully there will be a good supply for them soon.  I am growing them on the tomato towers.  Multi-purpose!  I love it. 

On the harvesting front, we would be starving if we depended on the garden soley for food at the moment.  Learning things such as successive planting and just how far I can push plants in our climate are important.  But these things will come with time and experience. 

How are your gardens going?

Chilli plants

We grow chillis as Tony loves hot food.  Most of them survived winter and are starting to show signs of flowering again.  We are yet to find out what type they are, I grew them from the Diggers Club ‘Hellfire Mix’.

This poor plant was cut back by the frost quite hard, but has new shoots growing from the base.  I will leave the dead bits on for another week or so incase we have another frost (I doubt we will)  this will protect it from further damage.  

A sowing I have been

With the vegetable gardens being built soon & the moon right for green crops I have been sowing seeds like a crazy woman.

I have planted so many seeds this week that I have run out of room in the propargater, so I have made one with a styrofoam box and an oven bag. 

I have also planted some water chestnuts, I have them in small pots for now and once the cement truck has been through I will transplant them into their final home.  Funny looking things

The seeds that have been planted so far:

 

1 punnet – Capsicum ‘Corno di toro’ 

1 punnet – Hellfire Chilli mix

1 punnet – Mortage lifter Tomatoes

1 punnet – Brandywine Tomatoes

1 punnet –  Cherry pear Tomates

1 punnet – dwarf Sunflowers

1 punnet – Windsor long pod beans

1 punnet – Black beauty eggplants

1 punnet – Bok Choy

1 punnet –  Rosella

2 seeds –  Tiny tim tomatoes

2 seeds – California Wonder Capsicums

1 ‘Sugar baby’ water melon

1 Butternut pumpkin

 

To be planted later

Basil – sweet

         purple

Parsley

More tomatoes

Zuchinni

Cucumbers

Lettuce

More beans

Carrots

Shallots

And more!

 

What are you planting for summer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Vegies

 

Don’t you just love Winter Vegetables.  We have such a little space (at the moment) but we are growing a fair bit, not enough for eating every day but enough for the boys to enjoy peas for afternoon tea and a head of broccoli each week.  And plenty of herbs and greens. 

Current growing list – Winter Vegetables June 08 –

  • Broccoli
  • Snowball Cauliflower
  • Cabbages
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Telephone peas
  • Snow peas (you try telling the boys you are ment to eat the whole thing!)
  • 5 purple carrots (The ants ate most of the seeds)
  • Onions
  • 4 Celery – treating it as a pick as it grows
  • Garlic
  • Lettuce
  • 1 Eggplant (it just hasn’t died back so I let it go I bet the frosts will cut it though)
  • Rainbow Chard (love it!!!!!)
  • Silverbeet

Now I am sure I have forgotten something but wow I love my list….  I find it fascinating that only 2 and a bit hours away Rhonda at down~~~to~~~earth can grow tomatoes and what we know as summer crops now, in winter.  Oh and bananas.  Does anyone know how bananas go with frost?  LOL