Yesterday was the first day of day light saving in New Zealand. After the long never-ending summer this year, it is a bit sad to lose daylight hours but it has been a little difficult getting up in the mornings lately.
My garden was a bit neglected lately along with the blog but we’ve eaten a bit off it. The three green chillie plants have supplied us with a steady supply of green chillies; we haven’t bought any green beans this summer as I’ve had a massive harvest of it. The lettuces were doing extremely well in Spring and mid summer but towards the end of summer, it was so hot that any replenishments I planted just wilted off in minutes so I didnt bother replacing them. All the herbs have done very well and the tomatoes and cherry tomatoes were OK. However, I will not plant them in pots hereafter but find space on the ground as they do so much better than in pots.
The bitter gourd or Karawila (in Sinhala – Karela in Hindi) wine which is climbing the wooden wall has started giving me at least 3-4 ripe fruits a week. As I am not much of a fan of this bitter fruits, I give them away but I love to see them growing and plant them every year. I might freeze some to use in winter as they are very good to control blood sugar and are also an expensive vegetable.
The use of grow bags for potatoes, sweet potatoes (what we call Kumara in New Zealand), KangKun (Ongchoi) and strawberries was fine and we have eaten Kangkun at least every week or fortnight as the growth has been great. I havent yet harvested the Kumara but the healthy growth of the plants and my sneak peeks of the tubers promise a good harvest too. I’ve eaten strawberries with my cereal often and I will continue to grow them in their cheery little red grow bag.
I replaced the green beans in a grow bag with spinach, a few weeks ago, keeping the principles of crop rotation. I used the same soil but topped up with a bit more potting mix and worked in a handful of blood and bone fertiliser and the spinach is growing well.
In previous years, I dont plant anything in winter but let the veggie plot go wild but this year, I decided that I’ll try a bit of winter planting.
I planted a packet of seeds to grow Kale which is one of the new super foods and it looks pretty. They took about a week to germinate and I need to replant them when they are a bit bigger. Meanwhile, I bought a punnet of ornamental Kale and planted them. Since I have a covered porch, I might have a few greens in pots in this area and planting a curly-leaved pot of Kale is in the horizon.
My banana chillie and green chillie plants are still in fruit so I will leave them and so is the parsley and Itallian parsley. I must dry them or freeze them as there is only so much I can use. I completely forgot about my box of pretty mesculun which has now gone to seed but I’ll collect the seeds for next year.
The ladies fingers (Okra) and Dambala (Winged Bean) grew well in grow bags but I didn’t get much of a harvest as I only had 2 plants each. We ate Winged bean curry once and I am leaving the rest to seed along with the 3 pods of Okra. The long bean (Yard long bean) which is now climbing the wall have a few beans which should be sufficient for one meal soon. They were all grown experimentally first time around for me to learn whether or not I can grow them.
I didnt get any photos for this entry but will do that soon.
In winter, I’ll try to update the Blog more with cooking and craft entries rather than gardening.