I love lettuce and doesn't this pic just make you want to make a salad, with just a dribble of balsamic vinegar and a shave of Parmesan.
So what does one take to Sunday breakfast at Ella's (thanks for the lovely scrambled eggs and onions on toast with a cappuccino) but a bouquet of lettuce, egg cartons and zucchini (still giving them away).
The veggie patch is doing its summer things and bursting with growth. I have about three staggered crops of tomatoes and the ones i planted early October on a wall are coming into to full fruit. I expect them all to be ripe within the week.
Zucchini are still popping out everywhere and seem to have really benefited from having the marigolds as companions (apart from looking stunning).
The main crop of tomato are just starting to form little fruit. I am constantly pruning the shade leaves off to allow the light in. Maybe i planted too many in this bed but many were also freebies that grew too big and i was too slack to transplant them.
Corn is ready to harvest and some have already opened on their own. I'm not sure why but they have been feeding the birds or something. Tomorrow night will be corn night. I think i feel a corn relish coming on......
The squash plants have produced such massive leaves that almost the entire bed is obscured. There are squash and bean plants, a very sad passionfruit in need of sunlight and another free tomato bush hiding in under them somewhere.
So far no aphids. Ive tried all the tricks and i noticed a few love bugs the other day but they are harmless. I need to get some garlic and onions in as well. I think the key to successful organic gardening (hey, im only a beginner so dont take my word for it) is having it all - biodiversity. Providing a home and a diverse range of food for the good guys to fight the bad guys (very scientific explanation there).
|Washed and dried out in the sun - ready for crushing. This is one of my favourite jobs. I sprinkle them around the garden to discourage slimy suckers from getting my food. Here that snails, its MY FOOD!|
|Don't get too excited, i know i have an addiction to coffee but it did take a week to collect these bags. We wont mention the ones at the office. The coffee grounds go onto the garden or in the worm farm and the paper is recycled or composted.|
|Alyssum - beautifully edging the garden beds, attracting bees, ladybugs and butterflies. Insects that eat the baddies are also attracted to Alyssum. They seem to really help the tomatoes.|
While i was at Ella's i got to visit "My Girls" and to check out for myself the transformation of Ole Cranky Pants Molly to Mother of the Year. She is so good with her little 4 chicks and we sat on a bench for a while and just watched her fussing over them as they walked all over her. So Cute.
That's it. Another late night. Last night i was up till 2am because i could not put a book down until i had finished it - Home Front by Kristin Hannah. Wouldn't have been so bad except I'm up at 5.30 am. Oh well.
Thanks for Living In the Land of Oz