The weather is starting to warm up and you can almost see the veggies growing in front you – this of course means that the weeds are also growing at a rapid rate… turn your back on them and you are surrounded.
To combat the weeds, I have been trying to pull up any weed that I see while I’m in the garden. A couple of minutes spent pulling up any weeds on a daily basis is valuable at this time of the year, as it allows you to keep on top of those weeds.
My snowpea plants gave me a few final handfuls at the start of the month but they have since gone into the compost heap.
I have sown some cucumber seeds this past month to take the place of the snowpeas on the rio frame that is against my fence. My goal is to train the cucumber plants upwards on this frame to help with powdery mildew (my cucumbers had powdery mildew last time I grew them). I hope that by keeping them off the ground they will get some air circulating around their leaves and the dreaded powdery mildew will stay away!
In September I added to the variety of salad greens that I have in the patch. Land cress is something I have never tried before so I picked some up while at my local markets.
Speaking of trying new ideas – I have been inspired by edible flowers this past month as well. As a result, my salads are a lot more colourful these days! This is one of the many reasons why I love having my own veggie patch – I can decide on the spur of the moment what to put in my meals. No running down to the shops needed – I just go out into the patch and pick away!
My silverbeet has been a great source of my leafy green veg as well. I only have two silverbeet plants in the patch but it is more than enough. The more I chop the leaves, the more it produces. It is also a key ingredient in my cheese and spinach (or any leafy green) triangle recipe which I quickly whipped up recently when I had a friend and her kids come over for lunch.
The random cherry tomato bushes produced a steady supply this past month as well. I felt a teeny bit bad though when I tried to move a bush that was taking over my violas and it didn’t survive the transplant – I stripped the bush of its green tomatoes with good intentions of creating a meal out of them (maybe a version of fried green tomatoes) but they have just sat in a bowl on my bench (and are still there!)
My nature strip veggie patch has been kicking along! I had some random radishes pop up – that were in the beneficial bug flower seed mix that I had sown. I had a ‘wow’ moment as I had been reading about Jerry Coleby-Williams’ radishes in his garden and thought ‘yum, I haven’t had radish sandwiches since I was a kid and now I want one’ – the next morning is when I discovered the radishes!
I’m looking forward to having some Thai Basil in my patch as I love chicken, chilli and basil stir-fry and often order it when I’m out at a Thai place. It is a herb that I have wanted to grow for a while as it provides a unique aniseedy flavour that can’t be substituted.
So there is some of what has been happening in my veggie patches in September. For more regular updates, don’t forget to Like our Facebook page!
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