It is that time of year when we start preparing the vegetable garden for winter crops. The pumpkin vines have been cut right back or removed as they are no longer setting fruit. With the heavy rains we experienced over the last couple of weeks, most of the summer vegetables are looking as if they are past their prime. Kale and climbing beans have been removed, and the eggplant (aubergine/brinjal) has been cut back. The summer button squash is struggling as a result of the heavy rains, but is still producing some fruit.
Not all of the summer crops are dying off! The turmeric and ginger have never grown as well as they have this year. Both are flourishing in pots, and the ginger plants are even starting to produce flowers!
2. We are starting the new season with purchased seedlings: Kale Blue Curled , Broccoli Green, Silverbeet Fordhook Giant and a new one for us, Mizuna ‘Green’. We will be sowing the seeds of other vegetables soon.
3. The first raised garden bed for the new season was planted with mainly lettuce and beetroot seedlings. The upturned pots are used to protect the young seedlings from the sun. Late in the afternoon the pots are removed, and replaced mid to late morning of the following day. This is done for a few days until the seedlings establishes themselves.
4. The five or so asparagus plants are starting to die back for winter. Three of the plants are two years old and we should be able to harvest some spears in the spring.
5. Now here is something unusual – well, to me anyway! The tropical peach and nectarine developed a gummy mass, mostly at the tips of the branches. We did a bit of research and it appears that it could be either a canker, or the tree’s response to a borer insect. There are borers in the area which attack the local native trees, and which destroyed my Metrosideros shrub. We decided to assume it was borer and removed all the infected branches. We are hoping that this will solve the problem, and will keep a close eye on both trees to see how they are doing. If it turns out to be a canker, then we have to destroy both trees. I’m hoping that it won’t come to that.
6. Finally, one afternoon this week I noticed a lot of little white specks floating up against the blue sky in the distance (a couple of hundred meters away). At first I thought it might be pollen or seeds. However, when I zoomed in on one of the photos I took, I noticed that you could see the shape of a couple of the specks, and it appears that they could be tiny moths. There were none flying over my garden at the time, and I have not seen any since.
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