I’ve had my first positive insect experience this summer.
Anyone in Sydney can tell you, it’s been a very wet summer, which has had it’s downfall for the veggies – most of our zucchini got mildew.
I attempted to fix this by making a milk spray, but it obviously wasn’t strong enough as it didn’t work.
However instead it attracted a whole heap of mildew eating ladybeetles!
We also had a lot of other insects. The snails went nuts with our cabbages, and in an even more strange twist they were also all over the tansy! I thought tansy was supposed to ward off insects!!!
The veggie beds have been going strong, lots of zucchinis and tomatoes.
Dan got this weird ex-pos stand from work and brought it home for me, thinking i could do something with it.
Mum realised that chinese takeaway containers were the perfect size.
So last week i put holes in the bottom of the containers and painted them with chalkboard paint.
And today I filled them. I’ve got tomatos, basil, lettuce, rocket, coriander and dill. I’m thinking it will be quick to grab herbs while cooking dinner, or salad greens for lunch.
ok, so there were a few things we managed to grow this winter.
We planted watercress & re-planted the self seeded nasturtiums around the pond, and have had mustard come up like crazy, which means we actually have salad greens. Quite a few times we can just go into the garden to get the base of a salad. high five!
We’ve also had a couple of snow peas, but unfortunately the bok choy bolted too quickly. I’ve seen a lot in the shops like that too – i’m guessing it just wasn’t the right conditions for them this year.
We also put in two proper veggie beds. Fingers crossed we get some really nice produce from them!
We ended up harvesting three pumpkins, which was wonderful to actually eat something you’ve grown.
The actual pumpkins were a lighter orange than I expected them to be, not that that really matters, I just thought it was an interesting difference from shop bought produce.
Marks on the pumpkins probably by rodent / possum attempts to eat, however clearly they havn’t gotten very far, which is brilliant!
planted one plant. once. it died down.
Last summer it comes back up. And spreads. And spreads.
A month ago we dug it up. Not much there to actually eat. we made horseradish cream by (surprisingly) mixing it with créme fraiche and eating it with some rare roast beef.
Now it’s come back (which is strange, since I thought we had dug up all the roots. The small pieces that i replanted in other parts of the garden didn’t seem to make it though. strange strange strange.
The plant itself smells so yummy and fresh. I think it looks like an alien in some parts. (ok, i might be strange strange strange too).
At least it’s an easy plant that we don’t have to do a thing to for it to survive. If you want to grow some, we bought ours from a garden centre, and it’s grown quite well with little to no love whatsoever.
December December. The pumpkin has gone crazy. There were some beans for a while but someone got in and destroyed it. Cucumber is coming through, as is another gourd, possibly a squash, not quite sure. One lone fennel came up too, which is a bit exciting.
Someone got to our nectarines, even though they were netted, must remember to do a better job next year.
Still waiting for passionfruit, right now they’re all green. My cousin says they don’t ripen till the end of summer, not that we really are having much of a summer anyways.
Hydrangeas are beautiful, and i’m getting heaps of blooms of them for me, and my mum and my grandmother. The roses are also blooming quite steadily, which is good.
Over the northern hemisphere summer I saw a lot of posts about growing tomatoes upside down. Now we are coming into spring I thought I’d give it a go…
My tomato seedlings are about 2cm high at the moment, and I have replanted them out of the seed germinating trays into little tubs to help them grow better. So I guess I can try this in a month or two. I have two planters I can use, since my rocket is bolting. I was also thinking of using milk / PET bottles.
The Upsides and Downsides of Upside Down Tomatoes
AND There are HEAPS of tutorials on instructables.com:
how to plant hanging upsidedown tomatoes
Go Green Hanging upsideown planters
Matt’s Original Inverted Planter a.k.a IPlanter.
Upside-Down Hanging Earth Box!
How to build an attractive, space saving upside down planter.
Slow soaking hanging soda bottle planter
Crop Rotation @ Fennel and Fern
I just love the way this plan is drawn:
Eat what you sew @ modish
Guest blogger Renee Garner opened my eyes to the world of selling seeds on etsy. No I just need someone to sell seeds in Australia… But if you are luck and in the US, these are her recommendations:
Oceanic Wilderness Designs, your one stop heirloom tomato shop.
My Victory Garden’s shop for a whole assortment of colorfully nutritious (and delicious) vegetable seeds!
Sage Thymes has quite possibly the biggest collection of soybeans I’ve ever seen.
Smoky Mist Gardens has quite a selection of squash, gourds and flowers (including a really interesting selection of brugmansias.)
tHeENDpeace.etsy.com is stocked up on a variety of eggplants and peppers.
As an honorary mention, this Teddy Bear Sunflower from fluffnflowers is just too pretty to ignore.
I can’t resist posting these photos from domino magazine online.
- eggplant Small purple-striped or pure white varieties both have lilac blooms.
- tomatillo This relative of the Mexican tomato produces husks like little paper lanterns.
- swiss chard The ‘Bright Lights’ variety yields neon-colored stalks in yellow, hot pink and red.
- lemon cucumber A decorative, pale-yellow cuke with a sweet mild flavor.
- okra Fuzzy, little pods follow large flowers that resemble hibiscus.
- currant tomatoes Prolific fruits look like clusters of vibrant ½” beads.
• pale-green lettuce and dark Italian kale
I still have lots of pots from when we were living in an apartment. I should grow stuff in pots for my lunch, so i won’t need to go trampling through the veggie patch.