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.