Six on Saturday- W13/2020 – March in the veggie patch

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

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.

Jade bush beans
Purple King climbing beans with an eggplant in front of the trellis

3. Eggplant

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!

5. Bananas

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.

6. Pawpaw

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.


  1. Hi Megan, I have forwarded your blog site on to Sally, hope that’s alright. She has been isolated for some time with her health and getting a little stir crazy. Sandra

    • Hi Sandy, NOW I know who coastal banksia is!! Yes, that’s quite ok forwarding on to Sally! You should start a craft blog!! Actually, I find the blogs they recommend really interesting. M

  2. You only have one pawpaw? Do they self pollinate? I have four trees, but only one is blooming. I’d be thrilled if it produced fruit.

  3. I’ve never gotten more than flowers on my eggplant, but the flowers are lovely enough for me to continue them, as we’re none of us overly partial to eggplant unless it’s smothered in tomato sauce of some sort. In this climate, of course, they don’t overwinter in the ground. How do you cook yours? Love that banana flower. So exotic!

  4. Your post is full of things I can’t grow here! Well, I can grow beans and peas, but not at this time of the year as the frost (which starts in late April sometimes) will finish them off. All your growing produce looks very healthy and productive.

    • My grew up experiencing annual frosts and loved the cold but sadly lost many plants to the cold and frost. It is a different gardening technique coping with frosts. After a short 9 year stint in Rockhampton (not much grows there), I’m now rejoicing at living in the gentler subtropics and being able to grow plants I remember from my earlier years. I still cannot grow the cold tolerant plants I love (daffodils, tulips, crocus….), which you would probably be able to grow in your climate? I do so love participating in the Six on Saturday to see the different plants other gardeners are growing in their climate.

  5. Very nice! What is that first bed made of? It looks like the barriers we have on the side of the road to keep us from driving off into the ravine! Which, would make good raised beds I guess! I like the depth. So many people build theirs much deeper than vegetables need. I can’t afford that much soil anyway!

    • The bed is made of Colorbond. It is made by bonding colour to a galvanised base, and is used in Australia mainly for roofing. Colorbond is also available as fencing material, and this garden bed was purchased as a kit and was quite easy to assemble. We find the size particularly good for growing vegetables, and as you say, you don’t need barrow loads of soil to fill it. This one is a lot stronger and more durable than other brands of garden bed that are for sale. And yes! I have seen safety barriers made of corrugated galvanised iron, and it a similar product.

    • Thank you! That’s one of the advantages of a sub-tropical climate, it makes everything look so lush! It also helps that we spend most of our time at home now.

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