As the days become cooler, we are busy preparing the vegetable beds for winter plantings. This is the time of the year when we can enjoy home grown spray-free fresh leafy green vegetables, and we feel so much better after eating a lovely crunchy salad (leafy greens, roast chicken pieces, baked pumpkin pieces, walnuts and a sprinkle of Cashew cheese).
1. Leafy greens
2. Beans and peas
The bush beans, Jade, are growing nicely, and we harvested the first crop from these plants last weekend. The Purple King beans, planted towards the end of January have done extremely well since we had rain and cooler weather. Mr S will sow broad beans, telephone pole beans (a heritage variety), and sugar snap peas to see us through winter and into spring.
The eggplant (aubegine) bush is just in front of the Purple King trellis (see above picture). The bush is no longer flowering, and this is the last fruit for the season. We will leave the bush in the ground over winter, and it should start producing flowers and fruit as soon as it warms up again later in the year.
4. Passion fruit
The passion fruit vine has developed well since the rain and cooler weather, and there are as many as 40 fruits developing on the vine. It is the yellow passion fruit, and it looks as if we can expect a good crop this year, as long as we can beat the parrots and possums to it!
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the banana was just starting to flower, and it can be clearly seen now. This will be our first ever crop of bananas. The plant is a New Guinea hybrid, much shorter than the commercial Cavendish variety, and is a prolific bearer.
Our pawpaw has a few fruit on it, but they are not as developed as we would like. Last year this plant had a single fruit on it, but it did not fully develop and dropped off. We’re hoping it will be different this season.
That is all for this week’s Six on Saturday. It is now time to head over to The Propagator‘s blog to see what he and others have been up to in their gardens during the week.