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It’s been such a good Melbourne summer for the vegetable garden, warm for days followed by great rain. Almost like living in the tropics. Everything seems to grow in front of my eyes. The pumpkins are getting bigger every day. I want to hear the corn grow… that happens doesn’t it? Or is that some crazy myth I’ve made up for myself??

Yesterday was so harsh for the garden, 40C isn’t fun for anything. It amazes me that the leaves of the pumpkins wilt so much but recover by themselves once it cools down, I still haven’t watered them yet.

The tomatoes are producing wonderfully. The black Russians have been fruiting for a while, still waiting for the other varieties to come on line. its interesting watching the progression of the different varieties and how quickly or otherwise they do their thing. I’ve never had much luck with tomatoes, I think its the good influence of my house mate on them… she reckons tomatoes are her thing. I’m more of a brassica girl, so between the two of us we should be set for the most important vegetables!

My favourite part of the garden this year is the purple climbing beans. Great colour in a salad, highly productive, and they look beautiful climbing with the tomato plants. There should be more purple vegetables, kids love to eat them, it was a serious oversight by god…

various tomatoes and some pretty beans

Whenever I look in the garden, I think how lucky/wise we are to have put in the effort. With the floods in Victoria and Queensland fruit and vegetables are going to get so expensive soon. Or all be imports. I’m really not so keen on buying

or eating imported vegetables. But if we persist with farming the way we are now we might not have a choice but to eat imports in the not to distant future. When I did a Permaculture course we were told that if Melbourne grew food on all of our nature strips we’d be able to feed the whole city. It could be done. But decentralisation seems to be an unpopular choice with the people in charge, “them”.

Posted February 1, 2011 by mundanespinster in Vegetables

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