Rain, how I love you!
We had rain this November which was exciting in this part of the world. You know it hasn’t rained for some time when you have forgotten what steady rain sounds like on your tin roof.
My garden was able to soak up the rain quite nicely this past month as the consistency and gentleness of the rain drops allowed the soil to drink it up and not just run off. We did have some heavy showers but they were intermingled with the gentle rain – so it was perfect and well-needed.
I also love the different types of fungi that pop up in the morning after overnight rain.
Waxy corn cobs came out of the patch this November.
I am not destined to be a corn grower – corn cobs that are sweet and delicious seem to elude me. I call them waxy because when you take a bite of the corn it is hard and waxy! It’s not edible in any case. But at least my guinea pigs, Salt and Pepper enjoyed meals of the corn leaves every morning for about a week. (they wouldn’t touch the cobs – which was fair enough)
Maybe the corn needed more water – I have heard they are very thirsty plants or maybe I waited too long to pick the cobs. Any tips on how to grow corn would be greatly appreciated!
Yay for Strawberries!
My Strawberry plants have also been producing fruit this November. Not many but enough to enjoy eating a strawberry while I’m doing my morning watering and if there is a few strawberries to pick- I’ll even share them with the kids! My kids eagerly await the moment when a strawberry is red enough to pick.
There has also been Thai Basil growing alongside the strawberries in their planter this past month. The difference in this Thai Basil to the Thai Basil growing in the nature strip veggie patch is noticeable. The leaves on the planter Thai Basil are larger and light green whereas the nature strip Thai Basil leaves are smaller, darker and flowered quite early on. This is an observation I had on how seeds that are sown at the same time in different spots respond to their growing conditions accordingly.
The reason why I grew some Thai Basil with the strawberries in the first place was to have a flowering plant to attract bees to help pollination rates. The funny thing is that the planter Thai Basil has only just begun to flower but the nature strip Thai Basil has delicate little flowers that have been attracting pollinators for a while now !
In November, Climbing Bean tendrils have started working their way up the tripod poles.
I have had to train a couple up the poles as they were growing but making their way along the ground and latching onto nearby plants not the poles. The windy weather this month didn’t help them latch onto the poles either. A few times I would loop them gently around the poles just to have a gust of wind knock the delicate tendrils to the ground.
My poor snake beans in the nature strip veggie patch have had a bad insect attack and they won’t survive. However, my other snake beans are thriving and hopefully I will be enjoying snake beans this summer.
I decided to grow eggplants in the patch so I could make baba ganoush dip for my little one (who adores this dip.) I’m yet to make baba ganoush dip but the eggplants from my patch have made their way into a few stir-fries this month.
Additionally, two varieties of cucumber seeds have been sown this month – Lebanese and Armenian. The Armenian variety is one I have not tried before. Two months ago I did sow some Armenian cucumber seeds but they did not germinate. The recent seeds that were sown have germinated so I’m looking forward to watching their journey – and eating some Armenian cucumbers.
Lastly, I was wondering what to do with the abundance of parsley in the veggie patch from this month. There is only so much Tabouli salad one can eat! One afternoon, I was watching our guinea pigs and I thought ‘Let’s see if they like parsley’. Guess what? They love it! Do you have any recipes with parsley in it I should try?
So there is some of what has been happening in my veggie patches in November. For more regular updates, don’t forget to Like our Facebook page!
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