I’ve never particularly liked gardening in the Summer as I’ve often had plants fry during heat waves or hot winds. This way of thinking is slowly starting to subside after my 3rd Summer back in Victoria since spending many Summers in South Australia – the driest state in a very dry continent – those hot dry conditions were no picnic.
Despite my lack of organization and my tendency to neglect the garden for several days at a time, plants keep growing and producing food, and we are eating it. Only tonight I decided to make a batch of tomato soup (I prefer that to preserves) with the basketful we had sitting on the bench, plus some that I picked this afternoon – mostly cherry tomatoes. I saved some good ones from the fresh picked to give away tomorrow morning, and a few are left on the bench for my breakfast ritual of tomato on toast. We are struggling to keep up.
“Bulls Blood” Beetroot – love growing them for the deep red the leaves can go. Haven’t picked any beets yet but harvested the leaves occasionally.
Purple Calabash tomato (heirloom). They have a dark tinge to them (which you can’t really see in this photo). They’re shaped a little bit like a tiny pumpkin, and they don’t seem to keep very long.
The pumpkins starting to creep into the tomato patch, and across the path, and everywhere else too.
We’ve had the odd Golden Zucchini, not many big ones, I love this flavour. This variety is an old favourite of mine.
Not sure what happened to the corn – looks like a kind of fungus.
Pumpkin vines climbing up the lemon tree before I pulled it down (we have so many pumpkins growing I haven’t minded cutting them back occasionally).
Almost ripe; we’ve already had a couple and given a couple away. I’m pretty sure I planted Butternut seeds but these are not Butternuts! #crosspollination
Honeydew growing… really looking forward to getting a tatse of these.
Bees going to town in the middle of a pumpkin flower.
One of our cucumbers – this looks to be African Horned Cucumber.
Some of the tomatoes we’ve harvested – Daydream, Tommy Toe, Purple Calabash, Black Cherry, Broad Ripple Yellow Currant, Thai Pink Egg… still waiting on Roma tomatoes which were planted later.