At the moment my garden is looking close to it’s best. The marigolds are in full bloom giving the garden not only a bit of protection from nasty bugs but also a splash of bright colour. We picked our first white habanero last week (second row, right picture) and I’d love to tell you how it tasted, but we lost it somewhere in the kitchen when we did the big clean up in preparation to chemically bomb the bird mite infestation out of our house…but I’d rather not discuss that any further. The itchy memory is too fresh.
At the moment we are having the most success with herbs (especially basil and chives), chili plants, silverbeet, kale, lettuce and eggplant. I’m considering investing in a small portable greenhouse to protect my tomato and chili seedlings through winter. I just have to figure out where to put it. I’m starting to think that the purple cabbages I have are ornamental as they’re not producing anything edible. I’ve cut my tomato’s right back again and I’m hoping they give us one more round of fruit before the weather cools down. As you can see we also have limes coming- which is surprising because I wasn’t expecting any this season, I guess the plant was more mature than I thought when I bought it so the $20 I spent is even more of a bargain for a mature patio lime!
If we are still at this house next summer, I plan on extending the garden along the courtyard wall - there’s 1/2 metre of dirt between the pavers and the wall that I’m just using for junk at the moment and I figure I can use the space much better for anything that requires room to spread out (like cucumber) or grow up (snowpeas/beans etc), maybe even some corn could go there.
It’s an exciting time of the year for garden lovers, because we get to start preparing for the next phase of gardening. I’m stocking up on cool climate seeds and over the next week will begin sowing them in small seedling pots while it’s still warm and they have time to establish themselves before the frosts hit.