Six on Saturday- W25/2021 – Vegetables in June

It is that time of month when I record what has been happening in the vegetable garden. Winter is in full swing, but it’s been an unusual growing season here, with carrot and bean seeds not germinating, and the vegetables have not grown to their normal size. This might be due to the fact that it has been much colder than usual. Let’s take a peak!

1. Citrus. After last years citrus disaster when our crops were decimated by the fruit sucking moth, we were prepared and the nets went over the crops early. As you can see, we have lots of juicy fruit on the trees, and thanks to the recent cold weather they have sweetened up nicely. We have (left to right) an Eurika lemon, a Lots of Lemons, a Mandarin tree, and a small Lemonade tree.

2. Leafy greens. The majority of space in the vegetable garden is taken up by a powerhouse of leafy greens: Tatsoi, Bok Chou, Chinese cabbage, Chard, Russian Blue Kale, green Kale, Rocket, Celery, Basil, Mixed Lettuce.

3. Mushrooms. We bought 30 bags of mushroom compost which has been spread throughout the garden. We now have mushrooms coming up everywhere! These are the commercially grown button mushrooms, and we have been harvesting them young before they are attacked by insects. This was a bonus crop we did not bank on!

4. Carrots. Germination of carrot seed was extremely poor this year. After two unsuccessful attempts we resorted to purchasing some seedlings. These seedlings have been pricked out and planted into the large pots. But guess what? Some of the carrot seed we planted a month ago have also started emerging!

5. Broccoli. The broccoli should be ready to harvest soon. We have been eating the younger broccoli leaves, sparingly at first, and once the head has been harvested we will consume a few more leaves while waiting for the secondary crop of smaller heads to appear. This extends our broccoli harvesting season.

6. Beans. The broad beans will be sown shortly. In the meantime we are harvesting Purple King beans. Only one seed in a row that was sown germinated, and it has been prolific in its production of beans.

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22 comments

  1. Your greens look very enticing! I try to grow kale and spinach with some limited success. I guess I am more of a flower gardener. But I do like the sound of a lemonade tree!

  2. Your veggie garden is inspiring – I have been most neglectful of ours. How incredible that the mushroom compost has produced so many mushrooms for harvest! What a bonus.

  3. Wow what wonderful fruit and veg! Those greens look positively good for you! I just transplanted some red Russian kale, but your selection is even more exotic. What a bonus with the mushrooms. Carrots are I find painfully slow to germinate…much patience needed! At least you’ll get lots now.

    • We try and live off our own produce as much as possible. I just wish we could grow tomatoes here. It has been a wet and cold winter so far, and not even the cherry tomatoes (which are usually abundant here) are growing this year.

      • Am surprised to hear that tomatoes don’t grow so well for you, is it too hot to grow them in summer? My tomatoes are just ripening but slowly, as it’s also very wet here, they could do with a bit of sun!

        • Yes, it’s too hot and humid for them here (subtropics). The cherry tomatoes grow well during warmer winters, and there are a few varieties that will survive if the summer days are cooler, but crops are always poor. We have had an unusually wet and cooler winter this year. Glad your tomatoes are doing well. Hopefully you will get some sunshine soon!

  4. Isn’t it just great to get bonus crop? I too got a lorry load of mushroom compost nearly thirty years ago. Some grew to be giants!
    Broccoli leaves can be eaten? That’s news to me. Enjoy! Happy winter gardening, a chara.

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