'The State of the Garden' report for December

Clare H is talking about growing Beans, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Chilli, Cucumber, Sweetcorn, Tomato, Zucchini from Hawke's Bay

Garden in progress

Summer’s here & it’s currently v dry, breezy & 30’C today. After a frustratingly slow/late/false start for many of my lovingly raised seedlings, they are finally getting into top gear.
Just as long as I can keep their water & nutrient supplies up!

The Bulgarium Carrot chillis & Californian Wonder capsicums have flowers, as do the Sub Arctic Plenty & Sweet 100 tomatoes.
The corn & their accompanying ‘sisters’ beans are heading for the sky. As are more climbing beans on frames too. My first sowing of Crusader dwarf beans are rather short but now covered in tiny beans.

We are rationing our delicious Lisetta potatoes but in their place will soon sow Berlotti beans we save as dried for winter.

This two-tone Zephre zucchini has some baby fruit & so do the buttercup squash. The Crookneck squash & Florence Long Ribbed zuc are a bit slower. (I am hoping to have success with growing them all vertically, that was a great tip, thanks!)
The cucmbers & melon plants are only just beginning to recover from being started in that dud batch of potting mix.

The broccoli & caulis are in their final days & will be replaced by yet more chilli seedlings that are waiting in the wings. This year we have 4 different varieties of sweet peppers & 10 sorts of chillis. :-)

And most exciting is I can report all the 2nd planting of (inexpensive) asparagus crowns are flourishing in their boutique wine barrel planters.