Remember my vegie patch? It has well and truly taken off. In fact, it has gone mad. I have done what every newbie does: planted too much of everything. I tried not to, but when a little pot of seedlings has about 15 silverbeet plants in it, one is doomed to fail. I explicitly did not buy a punnet of silverbeet because, in my humble opinion, a little of it goes a long way. As I have told you time and time again, we have been getting mountains of it. So much, in fact, the other day I pulled most of it out. I couldn’t stand it any more. The freezer has not much else in it and it is bursting at the seams.
And then there are the cucumbers …
They look harmless enough. I only put in one little punnet of them (I swear) and look what has happened! Maus and I were in Perth for 5 days and when we came back this is how many cucumbers greeted us. Maus picked everything over 4 inches before she left!! We are too scared to go out and look at the plants just in case we see another cucumber!
I have already made cucumber relish (recipe coming) but I don’t know how much relish two people can eat. We had a cucumber salad with our dinner this evening. Maus complained. “What about some tomatoes?”, she asked. To which I replied, “I thought you would be sick of tomato and cucumber salad by now so I decided to give you something different.”:)
Oh, the tomatoes. Look how much they have grown!! OK, I will admit I put in 2 punnets of tomatoes – Cherry tomatoes and Roma tomatoes. I, obviously, planted them too closely. There are lots and lots of cherry tomatoes on the plants but we can’t get to them to pick! The bushes are so thick. At the moment, we are just coping with the amount of tomatoes but pretty soon, we will be inundated.
We have already picked lots of cherry tomatoes. This is about a day’s worth.
This is the basil. It is everywhere, and I don’t even like basil.:( In the foreground is the oregano and, on the left, just sneaking into the photo, is a chilli plant. I have three jalapeno chilli plants and a capsicum plant (there was only one in the tub). One of the chilli plants has 4 chillies on it. We didn’t get a shot of it. If you look carefully, you can see about 5 tomatoes behind the basil.
Oh, my god, the mint!! Everyone warned me, and I knew they were telling the truth, but I didn’t realise how much of a problem the mint would be. Once a fortnight, I rip it back to a small plant. Within a fortnight, it is rampant again.
In the front of the photo are some rocket flowers. We planted rocket rather than lettuce as it is just too hot here for lettuce in summer. The rocket is doing extremely well (as you would expect) and we are having it with our tomato and cucumber salads.:)
I didn’t get a shot of the bunching onions but, be rest assured, they are bunching. I have sautéed a lot of them and put them in the freezer because we just can’t keep up. Clearly, I bought too much of it: I bought 4 little pots. Next year, I will know better.
We have 6 asparagus crowns and 3 appear to be doing well. As it is the first year, we haven’t taken any.
Finally, as I have already bragged, our garlic did wonders.