Welcome to a little tour of my vegetable garden. February is probably the most difficult month of the year for the garden at our place. Soaring temperatures and dry conditions test out even the toughest plants and vegetables.
This is my main vegetable patch, completely un-styled! Currently it is an unruly tangle of zucchini, pumpkin, watermelon and cucumber vines with eggplant, kale, capsicum, rhubarb and asparagus all jostling for space amongst the big vines. I have young pear, quince and apricot trees growing along the fence.
My friend Sarah recently gave me this beautiful okra pod which was dry and full of seeds. I have not grown okra before and after Sarah telling me it is a great match with lamb I couldn’t wait to plant it out. Four days after sowing the seeds directly into the ground they had popped up, impressive! I look forward to watching them grow and then experimenting with them in the kitchen. Do you have any experience with okra, either growing or cooking?
I recently harvested these pumpkins. The smaller pumpkins are Queensland Blue and the larger ones are Blue Hubbard, I believe. The biggest Blue Hubbard weighed in at 13kg and I am definitely going to need assistance to cut it. As with most of my vegetables, I purchased this seed in a mixed heirloom pack from the Diggers Club.
A cook can never have enough basil and this one I purchased as Greek Basil. It has survived the summer well and I have used the sweet little leaves mainly in salads or scattered over pizza.
This is my lemon grass plant. It is a hardy clump of razor sharp leaves with the fragrant lemon scented stems found wrapped within the leaves towards the base of the plant. You can smell the refreshing lemon the moment you cut the leaves. This is something I don't use as often as I should...taking this photo has reminded me to use some in my next stir fry.
This hammock swings in the shade between a mulberry and an olive tree at the bottom of our garden. In reality the kids have spent more time in it than me but it looks very restful and is a great place to escape to on a hot afternoon.
My tomato crop has almost finished. From early December through to mid January I picked approximately 52kg of tomatoes, made up of a mixture of varieties. I was quietly happy with those results.
What is happening in your garden at the moment?