After an absence of six weeks or so, it is time to get back into the real world and start blogging again. Much has happened in the garden this summer. Whilst it has not been as productive as in past years due to us planting late – wedding plans took over- we are still managing to supplement our diet with good, organic food from the garden.
The backyard has been producing a multitude of button squash.
Our second crop of lettuces are coming on nicely.
The zucchinis went in very late so we have not had anything like last year’s 88 kilos worth, but we have still managed to grow some.
We are still hopeful that we will get at least a couple of pumpkins.
This season we planted capsicums and eggplants in one of the tall galvanised beds, an excellent decision as they have thrived.
We have had one glorious cob from our crop of Honey and Cream corn. Sadly, it seems the extremely hot weather followed by outrageous thunderstorms in late January has killed off any chance of getting more cobs.
The Glass Gem corn however, is still growing though a tad stunted. The different colours of the individual plants are quite remarkable so I am hopeful the cobs will ripen.
All up we planted seven different heirloom varieties of tomatoes; some have done extremely well, others are not so great.
Our favourites are the heirloom ugly tomato.
The watermelons also went in late, not because of the wedding this time but because our first lot of plants were decimated by slaters. We might get a few if the hot weather stays a while longer.
For the first time since moving here six years ago we have had an abundance of sultana grapes. So many we are having to give them away!
Lots of spinach and rainbow chard.
Our addition of flowers to the garden has paid off as we have loads of bees. Jamie gets much enjoyment photographing them.
The herbs are an endless source of goodness for both ourselves and the garden.
The enclosed courtyard where the dogs sleep is now filled with an array of shade loving beauties.
Our love of plants has now spread to the indoor type.
And we are running out of room for terrariums. Here are just a few.
All in all it’s been a pretty good summer!