I grow most vegetables during the cooler months of the year. In Summer there are numerous challenges - heat, humidity, heavy rain, bugs, bugs and more bugs and the range we can grow is limited. Autumn and Winter are perfect growing months for so many things. Usually Easter marks the restart of the veggie patch but this year it snuck up on me before I was ready. So, better late than never, over the weekend we got everything underway. John and I spent most of the weekend in the garden.
Everything was covered with a layer of mulch when we'd finished.
Plus - lots of seeds into a variety of trays and containers will be ready to plant out over the coming weeks.
It's hard to describe how much I enjoy growing things and especially things to eat. But then, for another gardener, I'm sure I don't have to.
We've left the frame we used to protect the lettuce in summer but removed the shade cloth. They will be fine without any protection from the sun this time of year.
In the background are a few of our summer survivors. The sweet potato has almost filled the bed and engulfed the capsicum plants (sickly with no fruit), the lone tomato (lots of fruit but being eaten by bugs) and the eggplants. I hope we get a few sweet potato to eat and it's not just all show. I haven't dug around in there yet.
At least the eggplants are going well. I tried the white eggplant as well as the purple this year.
Since I discovered how nice they are raw and straight from the garden, very few make it inside anymore.
We have had a lot of rain recently. Look how lush the mint and comphrey are, and I haven't been watering. These are grown down the shady end of the veggie patch with the gingers and herbs that don't like too much sun.
So all the hard work is done and with a bit of TLC we will soon be harvesting our produce.
What's not to like about gardening.