I have heard it said that August is traditionally a dry month in our area, but I remain skeptical! We have a music muster that is held in our area in August and each year we seem to get rain around the same time as the music muster. This August was no exception and brought much welcomed rains – the steady type that soaks into the earth over a couple of days so that you can see the surroundings come to life again.
As the soil had soaked up that lovely rain and was moist, I decided to make the most of the situation and get a layer of mulch down to keep that moisture in.
In August, I decided to transform the nature strip veggie patch into an herb garden. Ideally, my vision is to create an abundant herb garden that the community will be welcome to harvest herbs from. It is in the early stages (I have planted some rosemary, tarragon, coriander and chives so far with more herbs to come) and I have a few ideas that I hope to implement over time. It is exciting and part of me already wants it to be productive in this way – However, gardening has taught me patience!
Another exciting event was watching my veggies almost double in size after all the rain we had in August. The cabbages looked absolutely beautiful and kale and silverbeet were such a vibrant shade of green. I had been liquid fertilising those hungry cabbages and after all that rain, they seemed to double in size overnight. The guinea pigs got the outer leaves and I used the inner leaves in the kitchen for stir fries and coleslaw.
I was actually surprised at the lack of caterpillar damage in the centre of the cabbage this past month. Sure, the outer leaves had some caterpillar damage, but the inside was fine. I had sprinkled some derris dust on them occasionally when they were young seedlings but had left them to fend for themselves once they got bigger.
Walking Stick Kale is my new favourite veggie that came out of my patch in August. As the leaves are massive, you only need two to three of them for a meal. The leaves look different from the Nero Di Toscana Kale that I have grown, but when cooked they have that same yummy kale goodness that I love!
With an abundance of leafy greens, I thought I’d make some cheese and greens triangles. The mixture of silverbeet and two types of kale made for a beautiful display on my chopping board. I fried some mushrooms and onions and added the greens to this mixture and then further sauteed the greens for another minute to make the greens more tender.
Speckled Lettuce was the salad green of choice in my patch this August. I had planted some Corn Salad seedlings that I had started from seed as a part of my TAFE assessment. However, with the weather warming up here (and Corn Salad liking cooler weather), I’m not too sure how they will like it in my patch. The red mizuna is getting quite big this month. I have only had mizuna in salads but I believe you can add it to stir fries, so my next stir fry will have some mizuna in it! Also, hiding amongst my salad greens patch in August was a random cherry tomato plant. I noticed those gorgeous little red toms when I was mulching an area close by, another surprise was finding a capsicum – I love those veggie patch surprises!
There is a quick rundown of what has been happening in my veggie patch this month. For more regular updates, don’t forget to Like our Facebook page.
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