The last of the summer vegetables
It is not too late to put in a final crop of summer vegetables. So take some time this week to look at what has grown well for you over the last few months and been nice and productive. Think about which of these plants have you found the easiest to use ? This will allow you to come up with a list of things to plant on the weekend.
For me it will be:
Beans. Just dwarf varieties, bit late for climbing beans. What I don’t eat day to day I can freeze.
Tomatoes. I will continue to plant the small varieties such as sweet bite and tommy toe as they are so prolific and hardy. I will also plant a couple more Romas which I can make into puree.
Basil As I never seem to freeze enough pesto.
Beetroot and carrots. Of course, as they can stay in the ground during the cooler months and be picked as needed.
Spring onions, cucumber and eggplant just to supplement the above and I will continue with my fortnightly sowing of mesclun lettuce, rocket and coriander.
I will probably buy seedlings of the tomatoes, basil, cucumber and eggplant and sow seeds for the rest. Just remember they will need daily watering in the present hot conditions.
If you need to brush up on your fail proof seed sowing skills take a look at my module on seed raising.
This weekend I will be starting to get a plot ready for Garlic which I like to plant on Australia Day. More on that next week