In the veggie garden
It's been a funny old summer in the veggie garden. My tomatoes, which usually do incredibly well, have been a little lacklustre this year. The plants haven't grown in their usual triffid way ( except one which is the largest tomato plant I've ever seen!) and the fruit has been lovely, but they seem to be coming to an end already!
But things like cucumbers, which I've never had any success with before are still going strong. Which is excellent as we're using them all. I did plant a telegraph and an apple version. Would do the telegraph again - probably plant 2 of them. But the apple one I wouldn't bother with. They do taste nice, but they have rather gigantic seeds - the chickens are loving them!
We've been munching on the sweetest, freshest sweetcorn for a couple of weeks, now. We always eat every single one, regardless of how many I plant. They're a huge favourite in our house.
As usual the courgette could feed a family of 10!
All the other bits and bobs are doing great too. I don't know how long a growing season we'll get this year. The weather up in Northland has been absolutely amazing. Long dry, hot days, with the odd heavy rainfall, but mostly over night!
The globe artichokes are on their second crop!!! Amazing!
We've got bananas ripening on the deck...
...and a huge potato bed coming ready.
But the thing I'm most excited about it the HUGE crop of avocados we're going to have next year. So many of the wee ones set. I'll be able to share them with friends and everything!
So, here's some of the veggie garden, just beginning to look a bit tired, but still very productive! And I weeded all the paths out :) that made me very happy.
In the greenhouse
Basically, the greenhouse is being over run by chillies, there's the habaneros, sudras, and a couple of other plants. They've grown like triffids this year. I had read that they do best in their second year. I don't know if this is true, but these are certainly going great guns. Lloyd will be able to make a huge amount of chilli sauce.
I've also got a couple of tomato plants which have wee tomatoes on them. They were off cuts from laterals I pruned. One from the Big Boy beef tomato and the other from the sweet 100 ( cherry). They're doing incredibly well and one of the Oregon Springs - that's been going all winter is still producing lovely huge tomatoes, much to my amazement!
As usual the fig tree is laden.
But, if there's one thing I never have much success with... it's strawberries! meh!
In farm news, Rachel had her feet done today. They were long overdue, but we had been phoning and leaving messages for the farrier for almost 3 months! She said things like - she'd be over at the weekend - then never show. It would have been fairer all round if she'd said she was too busy. So on a few incredibly good recommendations we got in touch with another one and she came today - when she said she would - and did an absolutely amazing job of Rachel's feet. We're now on her 5 weekly rota, which is great. She loved Rachel too! ( that's not a sore bit on Rachel's face, its something sticky!!)
Weeding, mowing, weeding, mowing...I have to decide if Im going to plant anything in the veggie garden this winter. Because If I am I should be getting the seeds organised. I always do Alderman peas and I've just planted some tomato seeds ~ some great white and some moneymakers. I'm going to put these in the greenhouse and see how late into the year I can get tomatoes.
Until next month...