April has been a month of veggie patch growth. We had decent amounts of rain combined with sunny days, so I have seen an explosion of plants on my nature strip veggie patch.
Thai Basil, Basil, Silverbeet, Zucchini and sunflowers all took off in April. The benefical insect mix seed that I had sown last month loved the conditions – up popped some pretty alyssums and the calendulas started to flower.
The Eggplants growing in my patch are also starting to develop which is great. Last time I grew eggplants I did get some fruit. However they then died on me shortly after. As a result, I never got to make a Baba Ganoush dip which is why I grew the eggplants in the first place! Hopefully, this time round I will have more success.
This April I also managed to get a spaghetti squash harvest, – after thinking I’d only have one spaghetti squash. It was fortunate that the friend who had given me the spaghetti squash seeds was visiting and told me ‘your spaghetti squash is ready to be picked now!’ I also was happy that I was able to give her one to show my gratitude.
I have never cooked spaghetti squash before so it will be an interesting experience giving these a try in the kitchen. They store well, like pumpkins. After researching the internet for spaghetti squash recipes – I have decided to keep it simple and try my spaghetti squash with garlic and olive oil.
My bush bean plants also made an appearance in April. I am trying two different types – Sunray and Cherokee Wax. I love names so while browsing on the Eden Seeds website for bush beans, I came across Sunray and Cherokee Wax. After seeing that they were suitable for my area, I added them to my shopping cart. These beans seemingly popped up overnight – it was cool watching their progress every morning. Watching seeds grow never ceases to amaze me.
The bush sugar snap peas that were sown in March, weren’t so lucky in April. We had an enormous amount of rain over a few days that waterlogged the soil the peas were in. The peas had developed into seedlings but the massive amount of rain totally killed them – they just withered and died.
I did sow some more sugar snap peas in April because my fussy eater of a boy loves these. However, once again no success! I think next time I will be trying a different spot.
What have been your APRIL happenings in your veggie patch? We would love to know! Please let us know in the comments below.