How does my garden grow?

Before I show you my garden, I just want to remind you of my tree painting giveaway. If you would like to be in the draw to win it, head to my last post to leave a comment. Hugs to those of you who have already entered.

Last year my veggie patch in the front yard looked like this

with the tomatoes still in their pots and the seeds in their packets.

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The tomatoes did okay, but the volunteer plants were much more prolific. Both varieties have given us rich red tomatoes, our best for quite a few years. I think a consistent amount of water was the key.

In the back patch near the rosemary hedge I planted Kipfler potatoes. They grew well. The potatoes are small, but tasty. Despite not planting them very deep, potatoes hide in the soil and reappear the next season. So, as well as the Kipflers we also harvested purple spuds that came up elsewhere.

The corn came up strong and tall. The cobs weren’t as good as last year. It may have been a different variety or maybe too much competition. Around it I planted silverbeet and beans, and the volunteer tomatoes flourished in amongst the corn. The silverbeet certainly suffered. Who knew that it wouldn’t flourish in all possible situations?!

I deliberately planted the beans at the base of the corn, hoping that the beans would curl up the stalk, giving back nitrogen for the corn to use. The beans loved climbing up the corn, but didn’t know what to do when they reached the top!

To solve the problem I have untangled the runners from the tomatoes, silverbeet and corn and let them ramble on the Aframe that the Fella made for me quite a few years ago.

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Yesterday I had one of those extremely satisfying gardening days. I pulled out the parsley plants that had gone to seed, the old tomato bushes, dug up volunteer potatoes and sweet potatoes and dug over a bed.

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As well I took time out to watch the bees in the oregano flowers. It is difficult to cut the flower heads because there are always bees there, sometimes butterflies too. Anything that brings in the bees and insects is welcome in my garden!

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I also harvested and cooked.

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Slow roasted tomatoes are my favourite at the moment. Pop the tomatoes into a dish (cut them or not, as you like), add some oil, balsamic vinegar, parsley or any other herb you fancy, salt and paper, and some garlic cloves. Put into a slow oven 150 degrees or so until they are cooked to your liking. Mine stayed in for about an hour. I will use them tonight, with slow roasted eggplant and peppers, bought today at a farmers’ market, as the basis of a pasta sauce. ~Sigh~

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Remember to head over to Time for a tree giveaway to enter my giveaway. This is the tree painting you could win.

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Copyright: Anne Lawson 2017

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18 Responses to How does my garden grow?

  1. Well, you know that *I* hung on every word here. What a magnificent garden, Anne. Your tomatoes look scrumptious. I’ve never roasted tomatoes before. I will try this over the summer when our (hoped for crop) starts producing. Spring is still a few weeks away. I can’t wait. I’ve grown corn once or twice, but I don’t really have enough room to maximize the growth. I read several years ago that you need rows to help them pollinate. It would be interesting to try planting them in between the sweet peas in the front garden (the flowers not the vegetable peas). Hmmm. You’ve got me thinking.

    Your fella did a nice job building the frame. Does he garden as well? Everything looks healthy and delicious. Enjoy those summer days.

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    • anne54 says:

      Thank you for the “magnificent garden” tag! Like all vegetable patches, it depends on when you actually look. I forgot to get a photo of all the parsley plants that had gone to seed, but I know they will be back! I find corn easy to grow. As you can see in one of the photos there is only two rows of them, with about 6 plants in each row. That seems to be enough to fertilise the cobs.
      The Fella and I have an in-joke where I am the Avagardener and he is the Undergardener! He is very good with remembering to do the watering and a great weeder, as long as he checks with me about what is actually a weed! 😀

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  2. acflory says:

    I love your veggie garden, Anne. Mine didn’t quite make it this year as I was so busy in the run up to Christmas. Still, we’ve had parsley all the time, self-seeded lettuces all the time, self seeded dill and even a couple of little coriander plants, plus heaps of apricots and some peaches so I really can’t complain. I’ll do better next year though.
    Do you grow capsicum at all? I never have any luck with them.

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    • anne54 says:

      Don’t you love how these things keep popping up, how they keep on giving. Homegrown peaches and apricots sound delicious. I find that keeping the veggies going requires a fair amount of work at peak times, at the change of the seasons, and then only require maintenance. That means I need to get organised for Autumn! I have tried to grow capsicums, but not successfully. I think they need quite a bit of water to make them luscious.

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      • acflory says:

        Sadly, my capsicum never even got to that stage. The snails ate them overnight. 😦
        I tend to be a fruit and herb gardener rather than veggies but I do try to keep the ‘volunteers’ alive and growing from year to year. I do have tomato seeds from the year before but I didn’t have the time to plant them out. I think I”ll give them a chance at life next spring. 🙂

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        • anne54 says:

          I am too lazy to plant out the volunteers, and usually let them grow where they are. I can rationalise it by thinking that they were happy to germinate there, so it must be a good spot!
          Grrr to those snails…..

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  3. katechiconi says:

    I love to roast tomatoes with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and oregano, and freeze them while I have loads, for maximum summer flavour in the middle of winter. Lovely vegies, Anne, good work!

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  4. tialys says:

    I prefer roasted tomatoes to cold ones – the flavour is much more intense – but I eat them straight away 🙂

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    • anne54 says:

      I am enjoying the roasted ones too, and I am going to take Kate’s suggestion of freezing them. However, I do like fresh tomatoes on toast (and maybe a bit of vegemite…..but that might not appeal to you 😉)

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  5. KerryCan says:

    Wow! I look outside and see snow flurries and ice on the lake but come here, to you, and see such bounty! It gives me hope that spring and summer will arrive! Your garden is amazing.

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    • anne54 says:

      I have been thinking about you and my other Northern Hemisphere friends while I have been gardening, enjoying the sunshine. But the snow will go and Summer will come your way, and you will be enjoying a summer garden while we have the gloomy, grey winter days.

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  6. cedar51 says:

    behind reading…my plans for vegs this year – not great – but then again I have had a major home shift, so still getting used to what is here anyway. I finally planted out my rainbow silverbeet into terracotta pots and most of them flourishing. Already here is a bunch of grapevines, but a neighbour decided to give them the “killer treatment” – some see to have survived but time will tell…I’ve a few bunches here and there, but weather not been at all kind to anything much this season

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  7. Ellen Hawley says:

    Oh, those tomatoes!

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