This week has been a cooler with intermittent showers, and the plants are loving what has turned out to be a milder summer! Some of the vegetables are having a growth spurt, especially the pumpkin, squash and choko vines, while others like the tomatoes have died back. The corn has been harvested and we intend to do successional planting of corn next season.
This pumpkin vine, which is growing up the trellis at the back verandah, stopped producing female flowers during the wet weather, but over the past couple of weeks the vine has grown exponentially! The vine is almost at roof height, and following a spurt of flowering, some fruit has set!
Sylvester has been commissioned to support the growing fruit!
Sharing the same trellis are a couple of cucumber vines and a luffa vine. The luffa had a very slow start and at one stage I thought I was going to lose the plant, but over the past couple of weeks it has growing considerably and today I spotted a couple of developing fruit. This is my first attempt at growing luffa.
The tamarillo trees have been growing and flowering well during the season, and yesterday Mr S picked a bucket full of fruit! He has decided to try and make some tamarillo chutney this weekend, and if his tomato relish is anything to go by, the chutney should be amazing!
The purple king beans have finished for the season, and the blue lake beans are now flourishing. Previous attempts at growing the blue lakes during the earlier part of the season proved to be a waste of time, but the recent plantings in mid-summer are doing very well and are the plants are flowering profusely.
When our friends gave use a couple of yellow button squash seedlings last year, Mr S reluctantly planted them out, muttering that he was not keen on eating watery squash. Only one of the seedlings survived to produce fruit, and we both enjoyed the squash so much that we were determined to grow more this year! The squash has done exceptionally well and the main plant has sent out two runners which now extend to almost 2 metres from the original plant, and there seems to be no end to its production! The button squash, whether large or small, remain firm after cooking, and have a lovely delicate taste. They have been the mainstay of most of our summer meals.
Ending off this weeks Six on Saturday is an update on our remaining chicken, Specks! The poor girl is moulting, and has been feeling off colour and moping around for a couple of weeks now. She looks very moth eaten, as you can see in the picture below! At long last the shafts of the new feathers are peeping through and the new emerging feathers seem to have perked up her spirits again, and she is showing a renewed interest in life, and bugs!
It’s that time of year where we start planning for our winter crops of salad greens, brassicas, carrots, peas, broad beans and watermelon radish. As the summer crops wind down their production, we will start preparing the raised beds with manure and compost for our winter crops. More on this in the next Six on Saturday vegetable blog at the end of February, but in the meantime why not head over to The Propagator and see what other gardeners are doing in their gardens. Links are found in the comment’s section of The Propagator’s blog.