Unconventional Structure & Unconventional Use Of Silverbeet

Gardener:Old Mangakino Orchard (McCallum's Garden)

Date:24 Oct 2022

Blog Type:Vegetables

We had some cracking days on the weekend up here in Northland.  Summer is on it's way!

Haven agreed to help me with some gardening yesterday on the basis that once we got hot we could go for a swim (hence her gardening outfit being togs). 

She discovered the Fordhook Giant Silverbeet we planted on the bank last year and decided amongst other things the leaves are great as a sun shade and also a fan to cool me down. All I needed was a lounger, cool drink and grapes to complete the picture. 

This year for our tomatoes, I'm trying something a little different.  We have left over fencing wire from when they did our fencing. I have used this with waratahs to make a support but have started the wire about 50cm off the ground. I find that our tomatoes generally need staking once they hit this size. I may look at bamboo if needed to get them to the wire. 

The idea with the gap is to allow easy access to the middle of the garden as we have the wire on both sides. It also gives me more height when needed.

Needless to say, it didn't take long to get hot so after giving the tomatoes a good watering, we hit the pool. I expect the pool will get a good thrashing this summer if this weekend was a sign of things to come.

Unconventional Structure & Unconventional Use Of Silverbeet