The weather became cooler towards the end of this week when a south-easter kicked in and brought cold winds and rain. On went the heater on Friday evening, and if this cool weather continues during the weekend I will be indoors reading about gardens in other parts of the world, care of the host of these Six on Saturday memes, The Propagator. To find out more, pop over to his blog, have a look in the comments section for the garden links, and if you’re inspired to join in, then check out the participant guide here.
The monthly (August) update on the vegetable garden is long overdue, and this will be the basis for this week’s Six on Saturday. It is almost time to start sowing our summer vegetables, but for now we will enjoy those vegetables that are flourishing in the vegetable garden. Let us do a quick tour…..
- Along the top path of the vegetable garden are about 6 garden beds, 3 on each side. The first hold broccoli, cauliflower, interspersed with some shallots, beetroot and chard. Further along are snow peas, a large pot of carrots (featured photo), a ‘resting bed’ and then lettuce, celery and further along, some broad beans. The curved pipes support the exclusion nets, and as the white cabbage butterflies start appearing so the nets are being put in place to protect the vegetables.
2. Along the middle path, right in the foreground are kale, celery and chard. The path ends at the A-frame supporting the telephone peas. These pea plants had to be further supported by long poles then covered with netting to protect them from the parrots!
3. Along the lower path are snow peas, some more broccoli, flowering tatsoi, a mix of lettuce (some have started to bolt), celery, shallots, broad beans and more lettuce. To the right, the vegetable garden is bordered by citrus: a Eureka lemon (its plant label is still attached to the stem), a dwarf Lots of Lemons (next to the old milk bottle which contains fruit fly bait), a mandarin tree, and a lemonade tree (not in the photo).
4. The garden along the northern side fence is bordered by the neighbour’s lilly pilly (Syzigium) hedge. The hedge is about 3 metres in height now, and in winter the shrubs cast their shadows into this garden bed, shading it for most of the day. Despite this, there are some vegetables that are growing nicely in the open shade. They are Florence fennel, celery, parsley and red veined sorrel. Towards the back of the bed closer to the lilly pilly hedge are a few sweet potato plants which will start growing again once the weather warms up. The four asparagus plants that were planted a little to the left and back of the bed have been moved to a sunnier position, and grouped together.
5. The broad beans have been in the ground for a month or so, but have only recently started growing and producing flowers. This year they are looking particularly healthy and need to be staked as they grow taller.
6. In the front garden is a short row of Greenfeast peas that I sowed a few months ago. The plants have plenty of pods, and we harvested most of them on Thursday. The peas have a lovely sweet flavour. We will definitely plant another crop of these peas next winter.
That is my Six for the week. To end this weeks Six I have included a extra photo, one of Mr S and I from our small garden wedding last Saturday.