Another month has come and gone.
What was different about this month for me was that I was away on a little holiday with my kids. We went to visit family in Bali and I got to check out my uncle’s veggie patch in this beautiful region.
He is an amateur gardener like me! They recently had a lot of rain so the garden was waterlogged when we visited. My uncle was apologetic about how the garden looked but I let him know it looked fine…good on him for giving it a crack.
After my holiday in Bali, it was good to get back to my own veggie patch.The broccoli and snowpeas had boomed while I was away so I made a tasty stir fry the night I got back – Yay for the patch! (After spending 12hrs traveling with the kids, no way was I going shopping for food on the way back home!)
Speaking of my snowpeas – they had grown soooo high while I was away! One plant was so high that I had to get my little one to sit on her dad’s shoulders to reach the snowpeas for me!
I ended up cutting off the top of this plant hoping that the plant would focus its energy into the existing side shoots so I can get more snowpeas.
Had a few cherry tomatoes grow this month also. These are bonuses from the random cherry tomato plants that have popped up.
July was time for some of my lettuces to come out. I had planted lettuces seedlings in amongst broccoli seedlings, knowing that by the time the broccoli had gotten big enough to overshadow the lettuces, the lettuces would have done their dash. By doing this, I maximised my space and got two crops. It worked well!
“Brassica forest” is the only way I can describe what was happening in one section of my veggie patch in July. Like I said, the broccoli had boomed while I was away and it was fantastic to harvest the broccoli on my return. It was also time to plan for the next crop to go into this space. My three kale plants and six broccoli plants (which provided me with such nutritious goodness) were pulled up and added to my compost heap.
I was surprised at the size and weight of the broccoli plants and had to yank hard to get them out of the ground. I also appreciated the way kale grows and taking a good look at the plant, it was interesting to see the upward growth of the leaves on the plant.
My next step, was to add a layer of mushroom compost. I think the marigolds will take off now since they are not being overshadowed by the broccoli plants. Now I have a new bed ready for me to plant some bush beans in a few weeks time.
As I didn’t thin one bed of kale too much while it was growing, this has kept them smaller than the three kale plants I just pulled out. These three plants had about a 15cm space between them while the smaller plants are crowded. I do like them like this because the smaller leaves are more tender than the larger ones. I’ve come to the conclusion the larger leaves make good kale chips and the smaller ones are great for stir fries. I’m happy with this bed as it was the first time I have grown kale from seed.
My little patch of salad mix has started to grow this month and it looks like tatsoi and mizuna will be the salad greens of choice soon!
July in the veggie patch had passed – how time flies….I think I say that every month! It feels like spring is definitely on it’s way here although we will still have the odd cold snap now and again.
What have been your July happenings in your veggie patch? We would love to hear it. Please share with us in the comments below.