We're having an Indian summer! 28 degrees today, sunny, blue skies with little fluffy clouds, it's gorgeous.
I had been thinking about not doing any winter veggies this year ( except peas, of course) but then I thought...nah! get some in, so I'm just going to do some rainbow chard, cauliflowers - I got some mini ones to see what they're like, as there's usually only 2 of us so we should manage a whole one in cauliflower cheese. Oh and after the surprise success of the red onions I thought may as well try more of them. The broad beans are in already and doing well, but they seem to be getting an awful lot of black insects on them.
Anyway, this is what I picked today.
All that's left of the gem squash ( big success), so we can get that bed dug over, fed and planted out again, and a wee lot of tomatoes. They're still going strong - it's been another great year for them.
and speaking of tomatoes... another rogue one, this time actually in the veggie garden so I can prune it etc really easily, and it's doing well. I'm loving these rogue ones.
The aubergines/eggplants are growing beautifully. This is one of the smallest ones from last week.
Oddly, I have 4 aubergines growing, all beside eachother, yet only one plant has any fruit. The others are all flowering beautifully, but the fruit
isn't setting, and I'm not sure why.
Tamarillos? I had never heard of these before we moved to New Zealand. I think they also get called tree tomatoes? Now, I am not a huge fan of them, well not raw, anyway. But they go incredibly well in pickles, relishes and stuff like that. We had a bigish tamarillo tree when we first moved in and it cropped amazingly for about 3 years, then it died - I've heard they have a fairly shirt lifespan, but no idea if this is true. Anyway, we planted another one last year and it was just a tiny wee stick, but already it's grown into a lovely small tree and is covered in fruit. ( Go, volcanic soil!)
When they're ready they go bright red, like a tomato and tend to fall off the tree.