Friday, November 9, 2012
Preparing for the Summer Stuff
I just chopped out my broad bean plants. They didn't do as well as last year - I suspect I could have grown a few more if I'd left them longer. But I needed the space. Wow the corner near the chooks looks different since they've been chopped. I also cleared out my brassicas plot where I'd left a few plants to save the seeds. But I didn't get 'round to drying and saving the seeds. Sigh.
Anyway, everything looks open and bare and now I don't need to duck and weave and push my way around the little veggie tracks. And I can see the chooks going about their business. And so can Wokee the fluffy canine which is keeping her amused and keeping the chooks flapping and squawking about.
I've wacked in a load of summer stuff. I've got: beans, tomatoes, canteloupe, lettuce, spaghetti squash, cucumber and corn. And I'm hoping that when my garlic is out I'll have enough space for capsicum and eggplant and zucchini and more chilli. And probably other stuff that I've forgotten. Anyway, those seedlings are growing on my outdoor table. Slowly. I do hope I have some success this year with the capsicum and eggplant but I'm concerned my plants aren't advanced enough now. They really should be in the ground I reckon. I do dislike green capsicum and I know they need a long time in the sun to ripen up. Oh well, fingers crossed.
So now I need to cook up a storm with all these broad beans. I'm leaving them on the kitchen bench and every time I make myself a cup of tea I shell a few while I wait for the kettle to boil. Otherwise it seems like a very big job.
What have you all got growing for summer?