Six on Saturday – W52/2020 – Vegetables in December

Christmas has come and gone, and there are only a handful of days left in 2020. The counting down to 2021 is on! That makes this the final post for 2020, and as usual for month end, it will be on vegetables. This is also a great opportunity to extend my thanks to The Propagator for hosting the Six on Saturday and for allowing us to share our weekly garden highlights with like minded folk from around the world. This sharing is done via the comments section on his blog. Please take a look!

Purchased as seedlings, these sweet corn have developed into strong and healthy plants. This is in total contrast to last year’s disastrous crop which was scraggly and produced no corn. I think it has to do with a sunnier location!

One of the staple foods of our household is pumpkin, and this years vines are flourishing! There are 4 plants that are growing well, and another four or five that are not as enthusiastic!

Our eggplants/aubergine/brinjal, purchased as seedlings, grew well once the summer heat arrived, and two of the four plants now have fruit.

We did not harvest our tumeric in winter as planned. We ran out of time, and the plants remained in their pots. The new shoots that appeared in spring are strong and healthy and this year’s harvest promises to be good! Next to the tumeric is a perennial Ceylon spinach which is growing up a green stake.

The Blue Lake climbing beans were a disappointment this year! 20 seeds were sown of which only 1 germinated. This lone plant is growing and is really doing well!

The last one for the week (and for 2020) shows one of our disasters! We tried two varieties of tomato seedlings one of which was supposed to tolerate hot wet climates and be rust resistant. The plants grew extremely well, until we had a spate of heavy rain followed by hot and humid days. As you can see from the photo, a total disaster! The tiny cherry tomatoes however are still going strong, and appear like weeds throughout the garden!

Not long to go now until the end of 2020! I think everyone is looking forward to the new year, which will hopefully raise our spirits a little in the hope that it will be a much better year than 2020 was. Happy New Year!

14 comments

  1. So inspiring to see vegetables, when mine are still in seed packets! Too bad about the tomatoes and beans. I might miss the beans most if they didn’t grow. Turmeric is pretty.

    • Once the leaves die back, we lift the rhizomes out,and wash the soil off, the let them dry off. (We save some rhizomes for the next crop.) The rhizomes can be used fresh, but they do not last long, so we dehydrate and powder the rhizomes. We place thin slices of rhizomes in the dehydrator and once dry we crumble it then put the crushed pieces in a food processor to make a fine powder. We use the turmeric in cooking, such as curries, and I tried making ‘golden milk’ but found that as I couldn’t grind the turmeric finely enough, I needed to strain the milk. Turmeric should be consumed with black pepper in order for the body to be able to process it. The following website provides more information plus a couple of recipes:

      https://greenharvest.com.au/Plants/Information/Turmeric.html

      • Omg! I have never heard of that! It seems like a lot of work to me but it must be worth it!!!!!! Good for you and thank you for sharing it with me! Do you eat a lot of curry? I have never had it but a new Curry Restaurant just opened in our small town and we were all surprised! It is a college town ….. but I don’t know how many Southerners eat curry! Our restaurants don’t last long! Any of them!

        • We do eat curry occasionally. I like both the India and Thai curries, especially the red Thai curry! Turmeric contains curcumin, which is a strong anti inflammatory and used quite a lot in relieving arthritis symptoms. Interestingly curcumin has to be combined with black pepper in order to make it available for the body to absorb it efficiently. There is quite a lot of literature on this on the internet.

  2. Wonderful veggies! I plan to try Tumeric for the first time this coming year, and yours looks so lush and lovely. Probably like you I will forget to harvest it. How nice to have aubergines too, and sorry for your tomato failure, there’s always a few disappointments among the successes. All the best for 2021!

    • The turmeric is growing really well this year, and I suspect it is due to the lovely rain we have had. It is quite an easy plant to grow, similar to ginger. You are right about the disappointments/successes! Wishing you the very best for 2021 too. May it be a great gardening year for all!

  3. Your veg tribulations are both familiar sounding but alien, there’s no such thing as a perfect climate for gardening is there, to think so is just grass is greener thinking. I’m intrigued by the ferny leaved climber(?) beside the turmeric pot, it looks interesting and vaguely familiar.

    • Yes, those were my thoughts too about that little plant! Mr S has strict instructions to leave it be so I can try and work out what it is. I’m sure it is a climber and I think it has a tiny cerise pink flower?

    • It’s funny that despite the failures during the previous year, we still feel we can do the impossible (which for us is to grow ‘normal’ tomatoes!), and try as we might, we never succeed! We really should just stick to growing only the hardy cherry tomatoes! We had a lovely relaxing Christmas at home and my younger son spent the day with us. Hope you had a Happy Christmas too?

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