This month saw the addition of two new raised garden beds, which will be especially good for those winter vegetables needing more sun. The vegetables are all perking up again, and we have sown additional seeds and planted out more seedlings. Here are some of August’s highlights.
1 Our vegetable garden receives very little sun during winter, due to the very tall hedge and large tree on the northern side of garden. We extend the vegetable garden, and put in two new raised beds in a sunnier area. One new raised bed was placed next to the large shed, and another was squeezed in between an existing bed and the rain water tank. It is an odd shape, but makes good use of an otherwise under-utilised area. Mr S put in snow peas against the trellis, while lettuce and Bok Choi have been planted in the bed.
2. Tomatoes have been a disaster this year, and not even the prolific cherry tomatoes have done well. In desperation we bought a mix of grape and round tomato seedlings, and planted them out as the wet weather eased, and these have grown well and started producing fruit. Just in front of the tomato plants are capsicums which should be ready for harvest next month.
3. This year’s crop of watermelon radish is doing extremely well, and we have had a steady supply. The pretty pinkish flesh of the radish looks lovely in a salad, and the mild taste is refreshing.
4. Leafy greens still abound in the vegetable patch, although some (Tat Soi, Bok Choi, Chinese Cabbage and Rocket) have started flowering, much to the delight of the bees! Seed pods are already forming on these plants, and when the plant starts dying back we will harvest the seeds.
5. Earlier this month we harvested, boiled, sliced, dried and ground turmeric. Newly harvested turmeric has a really ‘earthy’ smell to it, and we read that boiling the tubers for 30 minutes removes the smell and gives the final product a more uniform golden colour, without destroying its nutrient value. The results of this years’ harvest have been great.
6. We harvested our first cauliflower of the season this week.
As usual I’m joining other participants in Six on Saturday, hosted by the Propagator! Why not take a peek and see what it’s all about.
Hope you have a fruitful gardening week!