Favourite Things

Here is the October veggie patch update written as part of The Garden Share Collective. The GSC is hosted by Kyristie from A Fresh Legacy and Kate from Rosehips & Rhubarb. The theme this month is Favourite.

native-bees

    My Favourite Things

Raindrops on fruit trees     And bees on bright flowers

Big red tomatoes     And compost in barrows

Vines of cucumbers all tied up with string

These are a few of my favourite things.

Cream coloured taters     And fat round blueberries

Broad beans and long beans     And Barbados cherries

Good bugs that fly like the little lace wing

These are a few of my favourite things.

Yummy snow peas and carrots all full of crunch

Melons and apples that are ready to munch

Autumn, winter and a little of spring

These are a few of my favourite things.

When the bug bites     When the fruit fly stings

When I’m feeling mad

I simply remember my favourite things

And then I don’t feel so bad.

I know, I know……VERY corny…….but I couldn’t resist!!

October has been frustrating. A warm month, often windy with very little rain. Soil is drying out quickly and the number of bugs and critter looking for a feed is on the rise. Caterpillars finished off the last of the broccoli and fruit flies are attacking the peach tree. Before the wet season arrives, bandicoots have difficulty finding food so they burrow down deep into the damp soil around fruit trees and in some veggie beds. They are unbelievably strong, ripping up jute mat squares under the mulch around young trees, and several plants and seedlings have gone flying. To top it off some brush turkeys have moved in and are also digging up young plants. Argh!!

Although the peak veggie growing season is over in the sub-tropics, there is still a bit happening in the patch.

What’s Growing Now

  • Cucumbers have now established themselves and beginning to flower.
  • Lettuce and spinach are looking good  – just hoping they don’t bolt in this warm weather.
cucumbers

Cucumbers & some of the lettuce

We’ve used some farm fences for the frame and added rockmelon into the mix.

  • Potatoes
  • Chillies
  • Pumpkin (butternut)
  • Citrus: Finger limes, blood oranges and lemons

Harvesting

  • Tomatoes – winter crop still producing well but looking tired.
  • Eggplants (fairy)
  • Garlic – a bit disappointed, not as many or as big as I was hoping
  • Limes
  • Rhubarb
  • Capsicum – beginning to struggle
  • Carrots – the last lot before the rainy season

Things To Do

  • Considering planting corn in amongst the pumpkins
  • Watch over the veggie patches: keeping the water up and guarding against unwanted visitors!
kangaroo-paw

Some other favourites!

 

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4 thoughts on “Favourite Things

  1. I loved your little song – it got me singing along. I think you must be quite a bit further south than me, I am in the true tropics, north of Cairns. Lots of things you seeem to be able to grow I cannot. Garlic, rhubarb, blueberries, broadbeans. We also have bandicoots and brush turkeys though! What is that flower in your final photo? Everything in your garden looks lovely and healthy. Welcome along to the collective!

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    • We are in Noosa Hinterland territory – quite a bit further south! Bandicoots drive us crazy during dry weather. How do you deal with them? That’s kangaroo paw in the final photo. It’s an easy one to divide and spread around the garden. The little honeyeater birds love them.

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  2. I love the poem and I love that gate frame for the melons. It will look amazing. Your garden is looking wonderfully productive. The carrots are perfect! Thanks so much for joining in the Collective, it is wonderful to explore your garden. Have a great month.

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