Last month, my summer garden was going not-too-badly considering how late it had been planted, and I was starting to harvest a handful of vegies every few days for a salad.
This month, the garden exploded.
The most amazing period was over the weekend at the middle of February when I was down in Melbourne at the Sustainable Living Festival. Two nights away, and I came back to find that some of my plants had doubled in size. Looking at the pics from last month, I see things that were knee high that are now threatening to climb over the fence and invade the neighbours, and things that were barely visible that are now too wide for me to reach across to pick.
The zucchini are fruiting regularly and I’m picking one every few days. It’s not what I’d call a glut but it is a fairly regular supply.
Tomatoes seem to have slowed down, but I’m still picking a few. I feel like there’ll be a lot of green tomatoes at the end of the season, which is actually fine because I want to try a green tomato salsa recipe that requires a few kg of them.
I’ve got one spaghetti squash, one butternut type pumpkin, and a couple of tiny potimarrons starting to fruit. I hope they ripen before the cold comes, but I’m not all that sure they will.
The eggplant are being quite productive, though I could certainly manage a lot more than I’m getting — I’ll plant more next year!
Sunflowers have been and gone, pretty much.
The tomatillos are fruiting but I don’t think I’m going to get very much from them. I’m not sure tomatillos are worth the bother, to be honest. Chillis also didn’t really do very well for me this year but I think that was because of the move etc; I will definitely try again next year with those.
And just this weekend, with the help from my friend Emilly and her housemate’s packing boxes, I have extended the garden a whole lot further toward the compost bins…
… and started a herb garden right by the back door, where I’m going to put perennial stuff like thyme and sage.
I’m going to water them a bit more, add a final layer of peastraw, keep watering, and plant them out mid next week I think.
I have lots of greens ready to transplant. No pic though, because I forgot and now it’s getting dark.
I’ve also been picking apples and plums from the trees down the back, and making preserves. My neighbours have also given me some apples and plums from their tree. Mostly I’ve just been stewing them to use as “breakfast fruit”, i.e. something to have with muesli and yoghurt throughout the year, and heat-canning them in the Fowlers Vacola.
To do this coming month:
- Pick the green tomatoes and use them for salsa!
- Make more applesauce.
- Plant out winter greens and keep succession-planting seedlings
- Plant out the lemon tree that Emilly gave me
- Plant other fruit trees: a pomegranate in the front yard and a loquat in the back are first on my list.