There is lots of color out in the veggie patch. The pigeon pea are flowering - they start off red and then open up to yellow.
Aren't they pretty close up?
The cucumbers are also twirling up into this bush - it seems to be a great year for cucumbers. The flesh of the cucumbers is green and they are soooo crunchy. My little two year old grand daughter loves them - it made my heart soar to pick a cucumber and then watch her eat the whole thing - not wanting to share! I planted a few more seeds a couple of weeks ago as the lower part of the vines is already dying off.
I am also picking snow peas, and the cherry tomatoes should start ripening soon - we have some green ones on the bushes.
This year the tomatoes are slow to ripen, and I have lost a few bushes to wilt, the older gardeners in this area say it is only worth growing the cherry tomatoes - guess I should listen to the old timers. Even in a pot with sterile coir they don't thrive. I have cabbage tokyo bekana, Kailaan and bok choy and have had a few stir fries of all those leaves mixed up with onion and garlic. Very tasty!
The zucchini did not do too well- it often does not in this tropical climate. It got downy mildew and then every zucchini that formed got slimy, so out both plants came - and they left a little space :) I had a few tiny red lettuce seedlings I had started from seed, so in they went - nicely tucked in with some new sugar cane mulch. I am sowing lettuce seeds more often and then picking off the leaves as soon as they are big enough to eat. Lovely flavor and they don't tend to bolt if picked early and often.
The first crop of carrots was sown in March, so 70 days is just about now, I don't normally think about how long veggies take to mature, but with trialling these seeds I have tried to be a little more attentive. I picked a few, and yes they are purple, but are still quite tiny. I think most of my veggies seem a little slower than they state on the pkg - has anyone else noticed this? I am thinking harvest date might be a good date to add to my little marking sticks.
I also built a little teepee so that I could plant more snow peas, they are my favourite vegetable, and I want a continuous crop, since it is a short season.
I have lots of variety this year, and in part this is due to the lovely seeds that I got from MrFothergills - I heard they are getting ready to send me more - great! I feel this year I am actually beginning to get more of a feel for what to grow and how much. I have a little extra to share with neighbours, and with continuous sowing and a large variety I am able to add something homegrown to most meals. I want to make sure to save some heirloom seeds that have adapted to my particular little micro-climate.
I feel that at last I am developing favorites, and some sort of system.
1. Plant seeds direct where they are to grow.
2. Continuous sowing.
3. Try small amounts of different variety.
4. If there is an empty area, stick some seeds in there!
5. Mulch well with sugar cane mulch.
Do you feel that the more you garden in your particular area the more comfortable you become with what you are growing? Do you branch out and try something new each year?