Summary of recent gardening activity

Anita Kundu is talking about growing Beans, Capsicum, Celery, Chilli, Cucumber, Eggplant, Herbs, Pumpkin, Radish, Squash, Tomato, Zucchini, Something else from Auckland

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Garden in progress

Over the past week, we’ve been seeing a lot of rain in Auckland, with much more to come.  Despite the downpours, I’ve managed to continue to progress the summer garden.  Here’s a little summary of what I’ve been up to over the past five days.

Friday

  •          Sprayed the roses with Yates Shield (to prevent black spot), the celery with Yates Liquid Copper (to present rust) and the tamarillo trees with Yates Success (to protect against damage from insects)
  •          Liquid fed the rest of the garden with my Yates Thrive pods (I did the strawberries, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, capsicums, chillies, eggplants, tomatoes and squash the previous day)
  •          Planted more zucchini (Amanda from Egmont Seeds and Fiorentino from Franchi), cucumbers (Apple from Yates, Beth Alpha from Franchi and Muncher from Kings Seeds), tomatoes (Big Beef and Dr Walters Special from Egmont Seeds) and pumpkins (Queensland Blue from Yates and Tonda Padana from Franchi)
  •          Sowed more radish seeds in three 35 L buckets (Golden Helios and Halloween from Kings Seeds)

Saturday

  •          Sowed okra (Clemson Spineless from Yates) and snake beans (Yard Long Runner from Kings Seeds) on the heat pad
  •          Potted up cucumbers that were ready to come off the heat pad.  These varieties were Marketmore (Kings Seeds), Beth Alpha (Franchi), Spacemaster (McGregors), Lebanese (Oderings) and Patio Snacker (Egmont).  I then moved these plants into the greenhouse
  •          Potted up some celery into 6-cell punnets.  These varieties were Utah (Kings Seeds) and Groene Pascale (Franchi)
  •          Planted a blackberry (Black Satin from Incredible Edibles) to replace the one that died last year
  •          Planted more tomatoes (more of the exotic varieties I mentioned in my previous post)
  •          Weeded the asparagus patch.  Keeping on top of the weeding in this part of the garden has really paid off.  We had a good harvest and mum made Anabel Langbein’s potato, asparagus and red pepper frittata again (remember the photo from an earlier post of this same dish?)
  •          Potted up kumara slips.  You may recall me mentioning that my kumara weren’t forming any shoots.  However, a couple of weeks ago, they started sprouting like crazy!  I’ll write more about the process I follow to grow kumara in a separate post (not that anyone should follow my advice as I haven’t had a lot of luck, except for the first year that I grew it!)

Sunday

  •          Planted 4 passionfruit plants grown from seed last spring
  •          Planted 4 Tumbling Tom Yellow tomato plants in hanging baskets
  •          Planted more tomato plants.  I replaced some of my existing plants which appeared diseased with ones that I had grown from seed.  These were mainly Big Beef from Egmont Seeds
  •          Sowed more White Butterfly beans given to me by Rob Hammington (Koanga)

Monday

  •          Planted more tomatoes (Big Beef and Dr Walters Special from Egmont)
  •          Put in a few chillies, capsicums and eggplants to replace weak plants which I pulled out
  •          Planted bean seedlings along our trellis at the back of the house.  These were grown from seeds given to me by the Heritage Food crops Research Trust
  •          Planted more rockmelons into our patch (Hale’s Best from Yates)
  •          Re-potted my watermelon, honeydew and banana melon seedlings.  Some were very frail when initially potted up so there were 2 or 3 per pot, but most had grown well so I put each one into an individual pot.  Some of my Charleston Grey watermelon seedlings (Egmont) were so big that they needed to be moved into bigger pots.  Even if we don’t get a good crop of melons this season, I’m pleased that I won’t need to purchase potted melons this season.  With the addition of the greenhouse to the garden, I’ve had far more success raising them from seed this season than in previous years

Today

  •          Planted another Tumbling Tom Yellow tomato plant in a hanging basket after removing an existing plant which looked diseased
  •          Planted more eggplants, capsicums and chillies in containers
  •          Sowed more “Italiano Classico” basil (Franchi).  This is my favourite variety of basil.  The leaves are huge and glossy, perfect for making pesto
  •          Sowed more beans from the Heritage Food crops Research Trust, as well as Asian Winged Beans (Kings Seeds) and Scarlet Runner (Yates)
  •          Potted up the rest of the celery.  There are a lot of punnets in the nursery so it looks like we’ll be having a lot of homemade veggie soup next winter!

Action list for the coming days

  •          Sow asparagus seeds (Mary Washington, Kings Seeds)
  •          Plant more zucchini, pumpkins, cucumbers and tomatoes.  It’s getting hard to find space!
  •          Liquid feeding
  •          Clear area along the pathway to the front door which currently contains poppies that have finished flowering.  Prepare the bed with compost and fertiliser.  Sow zinnias (this year I’m growing “Gold Medal” from Yates)

Today’s photo is of my two Tumbling Tom Red tomato plants which I grew from seed (Egmont) and planted into hanging baskets.  I’m very pleased with how these are coming along.  Is anyone else growing tomatoes in hanging baskets this year?