Where did October go? Days are getting warmer. The promise of a hot summer awaits. October saw me start to re-connect with the patch. Yay!
Bye-Bye Beetroot and Carrots
The last of my beetroot and carrots were pulled out of the patch.
I grow a container of carrots because my little one loves watching them grow and then harvesting them. She was not happy with me when she came home and discovered that I had pulled the rest of them up without her!
These carrots were grown from a packet of Colour Mix seed. Mostly white carrots come from this packet, (we were hoping for some purple ones) but that was OK, the kids still ate them when made as Maple Syrup Carrots.
The beetroot was slow roasted with garlic – yum. Beetroot is an easy crop to grow. I haven’t found many issues when I have grown these purple jewels. For me fresh beetroot was a revelation. When my friend grew beetroot in the veggie patch and gave me some I discovered that earthy flavour. No more tinned beetroot for me…expect maybe on a hamburger 🙂
That jungle of edibility that my veggie patch had become in September had a tidy up in October. The flowering mizuna had lost it’s bright yellow flowers and pale green colour. The pollinators that were attracted to these flowers had now gone elsewhere and the mizuna was now a home for all sorts of cool looking bugs.
It was interesting to see the change in mizuna’s purpose in my patch from edible plant to pollinator attractor to seed bearer. The mizuna (as well as rocket and coriander) had intentionally been left to its own devices so this could happen. This did mean that my veggie patch had a bunch of these towering delicate looking plants that swayed in the breeze. However, the mizuna had to come out eventually. October was that time.
Tidying up the patch gives me opportunity to take a moment and observe what is happening. It also connects me to the patch. September and October were busy months for me in the office, to take the time to re-connect to the patch was nourishing.
Lettuce seedlings were planted. These will be a short lived crop as the weather gets warmer here, lettuce does not do so well. It tends to go to seed. But I do love my fresh lettuce from the garden. They are covered by a net tunnel to protect them from the sun.
Amongst these lettuce seedlings are silverbeet seedlings. I have found silverbeet to be such a hardy crop here over the warmer months. I don’t like silverbeet raw – that rules out using it for salads. But silverbeet is awesome in a stir-fry, curry or cheese and spinach triangles. Usually I use a mixture of ceylon spinach and silverbeet for these.
The cucumber seedlings was planted near the fence where there is a trellis for them to tendril their way up. The last time I grew cucumbers, the powdery mildew was terrible. I tried home remedies but to no avail. I reckon I didn’t get on top of the mildew early enough, this time I will be watching those seedlings like a hawk.
Saving Coriander Seed
There is nothing like a bit of afternoon seed saving as a beautiful way to end your day. Taking time out to sit on the grass, just enjoy the moment and collect seed from the coriander plants that I had pulled out of the patch.
Coriander usually doesn’t like warm weather. I’m hoping that by collecting seed set by the plants in my garden and using that to grow my coriander that eventually I will have coriander plants that are a bit tougher around the warmer weather. We shall see!
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Interested in using a home remedy for powdery mildew? Read Using Milk to Prevent Powdery Mildew for tips.