Six on Saturday – W37/2020 – Vegetable garden in August/September

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…..

  1. 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.
Not much of a broccoli head
First cauliflower of the season – yellowish in colour, but still edible

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!

Kale

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).

Lettuce mix, spinach and flowering tatsoi

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.

20 comments

  1. Your veggie garden is so well arranged and looks to be satisfyingly productive,
    Congratulations on your wedding and may you share many happy days in the garden and elsewhere.

    • Thanks for the wishes! I don’t think I have seen ornamental kale. I know the ornamental cabbage, and based on those I can fully understand why you are having a hard time resisting!

    • Thank You! Unfortunately once the heat arrives the veggie garden won’t be as productive! We plan on trialing some different vegetables this summer, such as water chestnuts. It is going to be interesting to see how they go. I have not eaten them before, so that will be another experience!

  2. Love that joyful photo! Your vegetables are admirable, with plenty on the way. I was writing about how this may be my favorite time to grow veg, since pests seem to decline and growth is rapid. Glad to see another gardener prepared for a bountiful fall season.

  3. Your veggies look so good and you have such a great variety. Your table must be continually full of healthy food.

    Lovely to see your wedding photograph this week, you look lovely and Mr. S looks pretty good too! Again, warm congratulations to you both – wishing you both many happy years! 😊

  4. Oh, congratulations on your wedding. May you spend many happy years together!
    Your veggies look fantastic. Like you, I put nets over my veg and they are remarkably caterpillar free. My broad beans have hundreds of flowers but absolutely no pods. Perhaps I planted them too early.

    • Thank you for the congrats! We’d decided to go ahead with it regardless. The veggies do so well at this time of year. Our broad beans are also full of flowers, and no sign of pod development as yet, but from past experience we know that they will start forming soon. A couple of years ago we were picking them up into late October. The plants do take a very long time to establish, but as it starts warming up they power on. Hope you get a good crop of broad beans.

  5. Your vegetables look wonderful. I especially admire the various support and protective systems you have in place. Mine are more sticks and twine constructions, makeshift and make do.

    • Thank you! The veggie garden is doing us proud. Thank you for the congrats! No honeymoon…yet! We decided that we might do that when restrictions have eased and its safer to venture further afield.

    • Oh what a pity about your carrots! This is the first season either of us have grown carrots in pots. Our clay soil causes the roots to become twisted and stunted, so we tried growing them in potting soil in a large pot, and we have harvested some lovely carrots. It might be worthwhile to try again. Thank you for the congrats!

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