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52 Shades of My Veggie Patch: Week 31



Autumn 2013

This is actually my 150th post and I have been procrastinating about what my 150th post should be, which is why I missed last week’s garden update. I really wanted to sit down and tell you a magical (true) story of love (the story of my grandparents meeting, engagement and marriage), but I just haven’t sat down to write it yet (it is quite an exciting tale filled with trains, handcuffs, law breaking and war).

Instead I am writing about my garden.

Unfortunately there is not much going in the old garden. Just when I was about to pull out the zucchini I see that there is another flower on it which means I might get one more zucchini.

Tomatoes are still going, although the milder weather has definitely slowed them down a tad.

I do have a teeny tiny little eggplant growing on one very pitiful looking plant.

There are a lot of little capsicums budding away, but I am not convinced it will get warm enough for them to turn red (if that is indeed the colour they are supposed to go).


Here is some beautiful  a capella.

52 Shades of My Veggie Patch: Week 24


More tomatoes!!


Gosh, I’m starting to put lovely little tomatoes in everything lately. Every day I go out and pick some. The mini yellow pear are by far the largest producers. I   think the mini romas are coming to an end and FINALLY, my two potted tomatoes are producing.

I have heard from a lot of people in the area that they have not had much fruit on their tomato plants this season. My mum’s had a few green ones last week. Last year there were much more and ripening much earlier. My ones are going very well which brings me to the question: WHY?

As you can tell from my progress on here, I am no amazing gardener. In fact, from my record, I am a pretty lousy one (what I lack with skill, I do make up for with enthusiasm). Except for tomatoes. I put it down to the location of my veggie patch. It is extremely sheltered. It is surrounded by one meter high hedges all the way around. One side also has a section of my garden shed. I think this keeps the wind out and maybe creates a warm spot in my garden. The veggie patch, despite having the hedges all the way around it’s general area, still gets full sun.

I also picked my two little pumpkins. I saw a third one developing, but I got the impression from the plant that perhaps it was going to die off soon which doesn’t bode well for it’s productivity. Three pumpkin bushes and three pumpkins? I’m going to cook one tonight to see how good they taste.

A couple of little plants have popped up where I planted my seeds. No basil. I read somewhere one upon a time that basil was the easiest thing to grow from seed. What does that say about my skills? At least all the rocket seems to have popped up. I need to thin it out.


52 Shades of my Veggie Patch: Week 8


Spring 2012

Finally made the journey to The Garden of St Erth this week. WOW!

So inspirational. I got myself a couple more tomato plants, bringing my total to five. I still feel this is not enough but I don’t really have anymore room at this stage. I actually took a couple of pots from around the house that had some kind of hedge growing in them and used them to put some tomatoes in. The hedges will go into the ground somewhere. Or not.

I keep peeking in my little seed box and still only one zucchini plant has popped up. I dug around in the dirt and found a capsicum seed that looked like it had or was starting to germinate. I am still quite doubtful. I need to find a site that tells me the expected time of germination so I know when to tip them out and try again!! Zero out of twelve for capsicum and one out of eight for zucchini is pretty bad, though. My thumb seems to be black, not green….

More leek out of the garden this week. The stuff just won’t end. Unlike my Pak Choy or whatever it was that I planted and it went straight to seed. I think my broccoli and cauliflower have come to end so there is some more room coming up in the beds for some capsicum……


  1. Get dirt for new garden bed
  2. Trim hedges around patch
  3. Dig over compost
  4. Tidy up dry stacked bricks
  5. Ask neighbour’s gardener where I should plant my lemon tree
  6. Research pumpkin varieties to plant in new garden be
  7. Plant purple carrot seeds in front left bed
  8. Learn how to compost like a champ <– ok, so I now know a few things about composting, but I probably can’t be called a champ yet.
  9. Weed the general garden area.