As the second month of the year is upon us it is time once again for my Garden Share Collective post. The collective is a wonderful group of vegetable gardeners from across the globe who share their gardens every month thanks to Lizzie of Shared from the Table. Despite the beginning of January being ridiculously hot the remainder of the month has been quite mild. This has meant that some things have not been as prolific as usual (tomatoes) whilst others have boomed! Currently we are enjoying/suffering a zucchini glut. They are everywhere. And every once in a while you miss one until suddenly there is a whopper! So I have been experimenting with zucchini recipes (see some here) as well as freezing excess for winter. The monster plant was so large it was impossible to water at the root anymore and eventually succumbed to powdery mildew. We had to remove it. The stem shows just how big it was and how many zucchinis it produced. Meanwhile, our succession planting in the second plot at the Happy Patch is starting to produce lots of squash and yet more zucchini! Plus we have another yellow straight-neck zucchini at home.
We have fingerling eggplants. Lots of leeks and lettuce. Some cucumbers, but not as many as we hoped. The golden bantam corn have been delicious! We have had over a dozen ears so far. The perpetual spinach has also flourished in the cooler weather. We were given 2 dozen yellow plums which I turned into jam. And swapped some zucchinis for 2 dozen nectarines which I quartered then mixed with sugar and lemon juice and froze. I hope they work! The cooler weather has meant we don’t have nearly as many watermelons as last year, nor are they as large.
But we have more pumpkins. They are supposed to be Kent but look more like QLD blue to me.
And we finally have some eggplants. Harvesting: Orange, brown, green capsicum,yellow and green zucchini, Squash, Spinach, Amish tomatoes and cherry tomatoes, Lebanese cucumbers, Corn, Lettuce, Leeks, Fingerling eggplants, lots of herbs. The following is a picture of just one day’s harvest from the Patch. To do: Sow early cabbage and cauliflower seeds in seed trays. Sow radish seed directly General maintenance Lastly, our caterpillar experiment paid off; we have had a couple of swallowtails so far. They are just beautiful!