Six on Saturday – W31/2021 – Vegetables in July

We had a couple of very warm days this week, which boosted our enthusiasm to get out in the garden and tackle some of those tedious projects that seem to get left on the back burner. It was lovely to enjoy the warmth of the sun while still doing something useful! July seems to have flown by, and as usual month end for me means a catch up on what is happening in the vegetable garden, which is Mr S’s domain!

Potatoes. We grow our potatoes successfully in pots, and with the days warming up slightly, the next crop has started to grow strongly.

Potatoes in pots

Herbs. I planted out a mixed container of herbs this years supply. Normally the herbs are planted out in randomly in the garden, or in single pots. The mix includes lemon thyme, normal thyme, sweet basil, oregano and a sad looking Aloe vera (it will perk up soon).

Mixed herb bowl

Leafy greens. Our crop of leafy greens are still growing strongly, and we are continually harvesting kale, Swiss chard, lettuce and beetroot leaves. The celery is also doing well, while the Bok Choi is flowering. We usually leave at least one plant in the ground to flower for the bees and hover flies.

Shallots. The shallots are doing well. We have two types of shallots, one with a white bulb and the other with a brown bulb. Behind the shallots are sweet basil and tomatoes.

Banana. One of our dwarf bananas has thrown a really large spike. The plant has been propped up to give it extra support due to the weight of the developing fruit. Mr S placed a compost bin near the plant to feed it, and this seems to be very successful, based on the size and health of the plant.

Photo taken last week
A week later and you can see the tiny developing bananas
The banana plant is being propped up with two strong pieces of wood. Feeding is via the black compost bin

Pawpaw/Papaya, Carica papaya, is yet another plant that needs to be propped up to support the weight of the fruit. These fruit have been on the tree since autumn, covered with shade cloth to protect them from birds and sucking fruit moth. We lifted off the net this morning just to check how the fruit was doing, and it looks as if they are all perfect, just waiting patiently for warmer weather to ripen! Hopefully we will have ripened fruit in the near future.

That is my Six for this Saturday. I’m participating in the Six on Saturday, hosted by the Propagator. Pop over to his blog where there are links to other gardeners Six’s and have a look at gardens around the world. Have a great gardening week!


  1. What different lives we lead – growing your own bananas and pawpaw! I’m about to compost my tomatoes and aubergine plants as they haven’t done anything much. Very disappointing. And the salad leaves that successfully germinated bolted almost straight away due to the mini heatwave we had! I definitely prefer growing flowers.

    • Vegetables can be pretty challenging to grow, especially with the unusual weather patterns the world is experiencing. We lost some veggies because of the excess rain we had. I’m like you, preferring the flowers, and luckily for me hubby prefers growing the vegetables!

  2. Your veggie garden is impressive and inspirational! I have let ours slip a bit, but recently I did plant some herb, lettuce and celery seedlings. They survived the recent below zero nighttime temperatures.
    Thank goodness for the New Zealand spinach that self-seeds so generously and keeps going all year round!
    We have a self-seeded pawpaw tree (as we call them here). It is very tall now and the monkeys claim the fruits while they are still green. I don’t begrudge them that though especially as the fruits are quite stringy.
    Our very old ‘lady’s finger’ banana that had formed a large and tall clump suddenly collapsed and died – likely from some unidentified disease.
    It is nice to see your healthy and well tended fruit trees.

  3. Wow, how lovely to grow your own bananas and papayas! No carbon footprint on those. I like the idea of leaving something to flower for the bees. Often veg flowers are quite pretty too.

    • We are trying to save seed from our crops each year, and the bees willingly oblige by pollinating the flowers! And I agree, most of the veg flowers are quite pretty!

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