What a slow start it has been to the growing season… Here in Oz we have had a mixture of weather conditions which has left many plants confused and I dare say some gardeners too.
My main focus in the patch has been to keep everything well watered and consistent watering. What do I mean? Consistent watering means to have a regular pattern in which you give your produce plants a drink. This way they form fruit evenly with lots of rich flavour. Over the weekend I ripped out all my peas, we had a great season with these. We grew more than what we could eat and in the end we wasted a few sadly. They had also gotten burnt in the extreme weather we had, so it was time for them to go and for the new carrot seeds to go in. I managed to collect a few seeds from the peas… fingers crossed I picked them at the correct time.
Back in September of 2019 I sowed 60 corn seeds which were a mixture of heirloom varieties. So… I have green, rainbow, white, silver, blue, black and yellow corn growing. I only lost one plant out of the original 60. In the last few weeks they have formed the ‘silks’ (this is what we call the flowers on the cobs) and once they go from a yellow to a brown the corn should be ready to pick!
The Zucchini and strawberries have been fantastic so far, the black Spanish radish I grew from seed has been harvested and pickled. Below you can see the evidence of my tomatoes which have grow out of control. I spent the weekend chopping them back, next on the list is the pumpkins!
If you are growing vegetables, what is looking great for you at the moment?
Or if you don’t have a vegetable garden, what plant would you like to grow the most?
Until next time happy gardening!
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs