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Summer 2017/18

8 January, 2018

Well, that’s pretty much it for the summer 2017/18 crops. The only thing left in the garden after this afternoon is the Cherry Sweet Bite tomatoes, which are still cropping in wild profusion. Everything else has given the game away. Late this afternoon I went through and pulled everything else out. The various crops, all grown from seedlings as usual, experienced varying degrees of success.

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The various crops in mid-November 2017

Snow Peas

Reasonably successful – we got 2, maybe 3 meals from them. Not as productive as last winter’s crop, but not bad.

Lettuce – Cos and Lollo Rosso

Quite successful. The problem with them is, of course, that they all mature at much the same time. So we have a surfeit of lettuce (i.e. more than we can use) for about 3 weeks, they they all start to bolt at around the same time, and then become more and more useless. They were the first ‘old’ plants to be weeded, some weeks back.

Capsicum – Sweet Mixed

“Sweet Mixed is a blend of sweet bell-shaped and long types…” Well, sadly, these were our great failure from this summer’s efforts. One of the 4 plants did manage to produce 2 fairly good long capsicums, of a pale yellow-green colour. The other 3 plants all failed pretty dismally, with a couple of strawberry-sized fruit being produced by them, and that was it. We never seem to have much luck with capsicums, despite our periodic efforts to ‘give them another go.’ Clearly we are still to lean the trick to growing them.

Tomato – Black Russian

We had great success with these in the 2017 Winter crop, so we thought we’d give them another go in Summer. Well, they went okay, but nowhere near as profusely as last year, more’s the pity. I think we ate the last of them in a salad 1 or 2 nights ago…

Tomato – Cherry Sweet Bite

These took a little while to get going (they were slightly slower to start producing than the Black Russians, for instance) but once they did, they went into overdrive, and haven’t stopped producing since. They’re still going as I write this. Better yet, they don’t get attacked by our summer bugs, nor the possums, so we get to have them for quite a few weeks!

Cucumber – Lebanese

These too were quite the success. We had so many spare (mainly because only AM eats them in this household – I can’t stand them) that we were able to take them on 3 different Thursday nights to trivia and distribute them among the other team members!

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The garden in early January 2018, complete with friendly neighbourhood magpie

This may be the last harvest we get from this particular vegetable garden, which has served us pretty well for close to 10 years now. There may not be time for an Autumn crop before we move up the Coast. We’ll have to play that by ear, according to how long the renovations of the Peregian house end up taking. If they’re not completed before, say, the end of June, as I suspect they won’t be, then we’ll get one more harvest in down here. (We’re planning to continue living down here while the renovations happen up there – it’s easier than renting somewhere up there, storing all our stuff somewhere, then moving all the stuff to the house after the renovations are done. And, it’ll be a lot easier to stay down here than to try to get 1-month extensions on a rental lease.)

 

 

 

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Spring 2011 plantings in pictures

3 November, 2011

I’ve done a bit better this spring. I actually got most of my vegetable seeds and seedlings in at the right time in Spring, i.e. at the beginning of the season, rather than the end of it like last year.

Right now the garden is bursting with a heap of growth (verdant, AnnMaree just called it), some a few weeks old, some planted just this morning. There are tomatoes (mostly planned, others not so much), spinach, capsicum (hangers-on from the winter crop, but they don’t take up too much space), French beans, oak head lettuce, Lebanese cucumbers, eggplants and sweet corn down the western end. Hopefully all of it will have been harvested by the end of summer, if not before, and not be limping on into autumn and ruining my mid-2012 schedule. We’ll see. Mother Nature can be somewhat capricious – anybody else noticed that?

I thought that instead of coming up with a thousand words I’d just let the pictures do the talking, so here goes:

View of the vege garden from the southeast, Spring 2011

View of the vege garden from the southeast

View of the garden from the southwest with Helena's backyard in the background

View from the southwest with Helena's backyard in the background

Central section, with beans, lettuce and cucumber

Central section, with beans, lettuce and cucumber

The capsicums growing well

The capsicums, already growing well

Tomatoes, spinach and capsicum

Tomatoes, spinach, capsicum

The vegetable garden viewed from the northeast, Spring 2011

The garden as viewed from the northeast

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Eggplant

Eggplant - 2 large, 1 runt

Sweet corn, western end

Sweet corn, Spring 2011

Tomatoes, already going feral

Tomatoes, already starting to go feral