Thursday, 1 October 2015

From the Veggie Patch

Pickings from the veggie patch have been a bit thin over the past few months, but now suddenly everything has sprung into life and I'm harvesting once again.

The first asparagus (which I forgot to weigh). It was delicious.

Silverbeet, just over 5 kilos. I gave this lot away as there is still a lot more in the garden for my own use.
It seems that earwigs like silverbeet as much as I do
The first pickings of rhubarb and peas and more asparagus.

More peas, asparagus and a few broccoli sprouts.

So far I have picked just over 1 kilo of peas, 5.15 kilos of spinach, 628 grams of rhubarb and and a little over half a kilo of asparagus.

The broccoli is finished now and it was really disappointing this year. The plants never grew as big and the heads were very small compared to last years, but I have had lots of side shoots which kind of makes up for the smaller heads.

There will be no plums again this year. Honestly, I don't know if growing your own fruit is worth it. Last year I lost all of the fruit to the wind, this year it was the rain, but I persevere because there really is nothing better than fruit from your own trees.

I haven't planted anything new in the garden this month as I'm still waiting on the winter crops to finish. I have sown all my seeds though so when a garden bed empties I can plant straight away.

 I don't like summer, it's my least favourite season and one of the tasks that I don't enjoy doing during the hot weather is watering the garden. To keep veggies alive and thriving, it has to be done often, and it takes up a lot of my time, so next week I will be installing a drip irrigation system in the veggie patch. It is something I should have done years ago, but it looks so complicated that I wasn't sure I could do it, but I am going to give it a go, what's the worse that can happen. It will make my life a little easier and be much better for the plants too.

I was saddened this week to find that one of my favourite bloggers, Daphne from Daphne's Dandelions won't be blogging anymore, I understand her reasons, but she will be missed.

So, that's it from the veggie patch this month, I'll be back next month with another update.




6 comments:

  1. 5 kg of silverbeet is a lot! I have irrigation envy now, I need a watering system too. I keep putting it on my husbands to do list but it never seems to make it to the top!

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    1. I will let you know how I go Kyrstie, and maybe you will be able to do it yourself.

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  2. sorry to hear your plums are not working for you :-( growing your won fruit and veg can be frustrating at times and we all go thru moments of "why am I doing this?!". sometimes it can be a sign - the apple tree I inherited was always pest infected, so I finally decided i'd had enough - and dad and I chopped it done and dig it out, and replaced it with a ... plum tree.

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    1. It's not a problem with the trees, I've had fruit off them before, it's just that the weather hasn't been co-operating at flowering time. I wish I had a Dad to help out with the big jobs.

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    2. It's not a problem with the trees, I've had fruit off them before, it's just that the weather hasn't been co-operating at flowering time. I wish I had a Dad to help out with the big jobs.

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    3. It's not a problem with the trees, I've had fruit off them before, it's just that the weather hasn't been co-operating at flowering time. I wish I had a Dad to help out with the big jobs.

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