I spent Sunday morning cleaning out the veggie patch.
These are the BEFORE pictures. There are no AFTER pictures yet. I didn't get it all finished.
Not the prettiest view of the garden you've ever seen, due to a combination of change of seasons, heat, no rain and lack of time to spend in the garden.
In the picture above is a lovely selection of dead or dying Italian parsley, carrots and basil, broccholi and spring onions - all were ripped out.
Here we have dead chilli plants, a few lonely beetroot the size of baseballs (and just as hard) eggplants and capsicum that are suffering from neglect. I left in the asparagus. It needs to be trimmed back and fed but will survive. I also left the sweet potato, but cut back a lot of excess vine. Apparently sweet potato thrives on neglect, so I've discovered. We are harvesting as we need them.
The snow peas died off and collapsed as soon as the warm weather hit, so needed to be removed and the coriander bolted to seed. Even the tomato plants and quite a few of my herbs withered.
There's some parsley and mint in this section struggling to hold on.
Generally by now I would have the Winter crops out and the Spring/Summer crops started but there hasn't been enough time lately. Other parts of the garden can get by without too much attention, but vegetables require regular care.
This year I've decided to take time out from the veggie patch and once everything is cleared, it will be covered in a thick layer of mulch and given a six month vacation. I love growing vegetables but unless I can give them the care they need there's no point planting more.
I've firmly decided - Better to have empty beds than dying plants.
Of course, as a woman, I reserve the right to change my mind.