I am loving the crisp mornings this time of year. From my kitchen window I check out the veggie patch and it looks so vibrant and fresh with all the dew on the plants.
Earlier on this year, my veggie patch had its fair share on rain due to flooding and there was not much action during the month of February. I was a bit disheartened. Looking at it now in June, what a difference a few months and some TLC make!
I cannot believe that I had never tried kale until this year.
Because I love it so much, I knew I had to have it in the veggie patch. It has to be one of the most versatile veggies I am growing at the moment. I add it to so many dishes – whether it’s a stir fry, soup, frittata (great idea given by one of our Facebook fans, Pauline) or baked into chips.
I had sown some kale seeds in April with a row of marigold seeds on either side, in an attempt to distract any hungry insects, however, not all the marigolds germinated. But the above pic shows the kale doing ok without the marigolds.
Coriander will go to seed soon. There have been more seeds sowed in another area of the patch so I can keep enjoying what is one of my favourite herbs (and there’s always the randoms that will pop up). I don’t mind the coriander stem either, the flavour is intensified in the stem. I usually chop up a handful (stem and leaves) and add it to my lunchtime salad.
My two year old loves coriander too. She will go into the patch, pick a stem and nibble away.
I won’t pull these up once they go to seed but instead, let them do their work to attract pollinators.
Snowpeas have continued their journey upwards and onwards and we have been enjoying our first snowpeas straight off the plant.
I was devastated looking out my window one wild winter night, as I noticed that one of my snowpea plants had snapped in half from the wind and rain! I ran out with some twine and scissors to repair any damage, apologising to the plant (because that’s what I do… I talk to plants!). I gently lifted up the centre stem (it hadn’t snapped just bent) and tied it to the wooden post it’s climbing up…whew, crisis averted!
Yay to salad greens – I have said this before and I’ll say it again. The reason I love growing my own salad greens, is the variety that you can have in your salad. Mizuna, mustard greens, rocket, cos and butter lettuce all have a place in my patch. The different flavours each one adds is amazing!
And salad greens are super easy to grow – I have been trying to follow moon planting principles so in that first week of the new moon, more salad greens are added to the patch. The moon planting method allows me to be a bit more organised in the garden and by planting successively, I make sure supply is consistent.
If I’m sowing salad green seeds, I will half fill a jar with seed raising mix, add the seed, then shake it up. Then sprinkle them where I would like them and cover gently with soil. I find that this spreads the seed evenly. I also do this with carrot seed.
Speaking of carrots, I am trying to grow them in some troughs this time round. I’m experimenting a bit and would like to see if they grow well like this and also create extra growing space by adding the troughs.
Aloe Vera is a new addition to the patch. The way it is planted in its pot reminds me of octopus tentacles and I reckon adds a touch of quirkiness to the patch. The gel is soothing on sunburn and come summer, it will be used a lot!
I find broccoli to be a plant that the more you snip the little florets as they are growing, the more florets seems to grow and because the florets are bite size already, you can just throw them into a stir fry!
At the start of this month, I had a whole lot of mushroom compost delivered as I am planning to start another veggie patch on my nature strip. There is a lot of it so I have been topping up the veggie patch with the compost and then topping it with mulch. I really find this process therapeutic. Similar to my love for cooking and feeding people, I figure I’m doing the same for my plants – by feeding the soil they are in, I’m providing them with a nutrient feast!
However, with the weather being cooler, plants can struggle with getting their nutrients from the soil so I also give them a spray with Dr Gro fertilser weekly so their leaves can absorb the nutrients they need.
Lastly, I had to post a photo of my one surviving beetroot from the torrential rain I had in March.
I have some more beetroot in the patch now, going strong – it is growing underneath the cot frame that I have my snowpeas climbing up.
And there sums up the month of June….what winter delights are happening in your veggie patch? Please comment below.