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52 Shades of My Veggie Patch: Week 29


Autumn 2013

I’m trying to get on top of my pruning early this year. Last year I left it late. Really late. I think some of the issues in my ornamental garden might be explained by late pruning (ahem, Bloodgrass).

So the raspberries have been chopped and I took the netting of my tomatoes so they could catch the last of the sun before we descend into pure winter gloom. There are still heaps of tomatoes on there, though.

My little capsicums are coming along although a lot of them are chilli shaped. Must be the variety I bought. I can’t remember really. I think one of the plants is from seed, hopefully it is a chocolate capsicum, there are a heap that I bought as seedlings after the failure of all my seed growing efforts, and then one plant (the one that has a normal looking capsicum on it) was a more advanced plant I got a few weeks ago when I thought my other plants weren’t ever going to increase in size or produce fruit.

My strawberries are fruiting again! How bizarre. This time the strawbs are marginally bigger. My children are still picking them and eating them in one swift motion.

I guess you could say all is good in the patch 🙂


52 Shades of My Veggie Patch: Week 28



Autumn 2013

One last scorching week of summer or proof of a damaged eco system?

Whatever the case, my tomatoes are still coming and it seems I finally have a few more capsicum coming on.

Bolstered by this warm weather, I ventured out today to buy a few more additions to my culinary garden (although these ones will live amongst the ornamental garden). I finally got a fig tree. For a while, when inspecting homes to buy if I saw a fig tree in the yard I would immediately say I wanted the house no matter what state the actual building was in. How ridiculous. Well now I have my own fig tree, which the tag says will grow to 5m x 5m. I will be pruning mine carefully. I also got a new lime tree. The variety is called a Rangpur Lime. It grows well in really cold climates and the limes are not actually green but look more like an orange. Here’s hoping!

Upon the insistence of my son I picked up a Chinese Blueberry bush. I love blueberries but I think we will be needing about 5 more bushes to meet my son’s expectations of how much fruit he will be getting from them next year.

I finally pulled up my carrots and it turns out they weren’t purple ones but actually Rainbow. And completely mutant. Oh well.

plants week 28

High light of my week was the insanely good soup I made out of my mini yellow pear tomatoes. Here is the basic recipe:

What you need:

  • 800g-1kg mini tomatoes
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt
  • oil

What to do:

  1. Roast the tomatoes in the oven until a few just start to get a little bit of brown.
  2. In a heavy base pot saute the onion and garlic, both roughly chopped.
  3. Add in the stock, tomatoes and sugar. Cook for about 10 minutes.
  4. Puree with a stab blender and add salt to taste.
  5. Serve with a nice bit of bread like this Irish Soda Bread I made using rye flour and fresh herbs (Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme and Lemon Thyme).


52 Shades of My Veggie Patch: Week 20


Summer 2013


Bit of garden renovation going on this week. I pulled out the kale and rainbow chard. Also got rid of the dead peas .

I moved the netting off the strawberries and on to the tomatoes as I caught a bird trying to eat my lovely fruit!

I managed to pick a few baby roma’s before the birds got into them. They taste so good. I cannot believe the difference between the ones I got at the shop last week! Actually, I can. Things do tend to taste much better when you sweat over them for months ;-P

Planted a few seeds. Not normally things I would have thought to plant myself, but I got some seeds as a gift so I thought I would have a go at direct planting. Not to be confused with my seedling tray planting. That was a whole other debacle. No, this time I am going straight into the garden beds and watering each day. I have linked up numerous hoses to make the great distance from tap to my veggie patch. I don’t care how ugly my hose looks trailing across my arid yard. I am going to grow some darn veggies DARN IT!!!!