Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Homegrown: Summer garden yumminess

Welcome to my backyard.

Sophie and I are going to take you on a post-vacation tour of my vegetable gardens, so you can see just how much everything has grown since I last photographed them back in November.

Plants have journeyed out of the raised garden into the surrounding land. 
Lily loves snowpeas, but they were all pretty much done by the time we got back.
Carrots, tomatoes, basil, beans and (bug-eaten) cauliflower.
My two zucchini plants are producing well, despite the competing weeds.
Potatoes have all fallen over and need harvesting.
Beetroot and different coloured carrots I picked from the garden for juicing.
So that's how it's all looking. A bit wild and woolly, but I'm getting zucchinis, beans and carrots regularly now so it's starting to feel like my hard work is paying off.

I think my cauliflowers are all done for. They got too bug eaten while we were away. And my broccoli and cabbages don't seem to be doing much so they might be a write off too. Oh well, at least I fed some bugs this summer.

I can't wait for my tomatoes to hurry up and ripen. It will really feel like summer when we're eating those juicy little nuggets.

How are your gardens growing? Surely a lot better than mine, if you've given them any attention this summer.


  1. I'm in Auckland and the only thing that has flourished this summer are my tomatoes, can't wait for them to ripen, my beans didn't work very well this year, though we have managed to have a few feeds and my passionfruit vine is starting to die for some reason though it is full of fruit but they are also starting to get a bit spotty, hope they ripen soon also. Love reading a New Zealand blog on traditional ways of eating.

    1. Hey Yvonne, I wonder what's causing your passionfruit to die. I could put the call out on a Facebook gardening group I'm part of to see if anyone has any ideas if you like?
      I'm glad you're enjoying the site. It's definitely an interesting food journey I'm on. I'm enjoying it.

    2. Check out this website Yvonne - and see if any of the diseases fit what you're seeing on your passionfruit.


  2. wow, your carrots are looking good, that's next on my list of veges to master! You can try the brassicas again in winter...I never get any to grow in summer due to all the bugs around.

    1. I think you're right about the brassicas Liz, except we get next to no sun in winter so I'm not sure if they'll grow then either. Might just have to give up on them. The carrots are doing well enough to make me happy despite the losses.
      I don't have any carrot tips for you. They just do well here. Although, come to think of it, I do plant HEAPS of seeds, and that seems to help.

  3. Love the pictures! Your carrots do look amazing!


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