Saturday, January 8, 2011

Around my garden - part 1: "The vegie garden"

Promised to share some garden pics with you. I'm just loving my garden right now. Everything is thriving and looking really healthy. Not much crafting goes on around here at this time of year. I would much rather be pottering in the garden or playing with the family.

I think these pics will speak for themselves, so I won't rabbit on too much. There are a lot of photos - consider yourself warned! Here goes.....

Cherry tomatoes beginning to ripen.

My Mr inspecting/admiring said cherry tomatoes - not long now till we can eat them :)

Garden bed with lettuce, capsicum, carrots, squash, tomatoes, silverbeet, and basil.

Roma tomatoes along the fence

Another view of the roma tomatoes.

Parsley flowers/seeds

Sweet corn - planted two separate plantings to stagger harvest.

Butternut pumpkins - these are spreading wildly!

The biggest of the butternuts - about 15cm long at the moment.

Another pumpkin - I think it's called a patio variety? They grow to about 15cm diameter.

We have heaps of squash - and more growing by the day.

Yummy squash :)

Green beans - bush variety. Had our first harvest of these a couple of days ago. Delicious!

Green bean bushes.

Down the side of the house - spinach and silverbeet.

 Be warned, there are excessive tomato photographs from here on.....we are ridiculously proud of our tomato crop this year :)

Can't wait until the tomatoes start to ripen. Not long now.....

New tomato plants just planted. They'll be ready to take over when the older ones are finished fruiting.

Tiny, baby capsicums. Aren't they just so cute!

We have a little Richmond Tigers garden gnome guarding the vegie patch :)

So that's life in the vegie patch here at the moment. Lots of healthy, delicious vegies heading to our dinner table. Thanks for stopping by, and if you made it through all those photos, well done! You must be a garden lover too :)


  1. I'm wondering what you are going to do with all those tomatoes? Will you bottle them in various ways? I'm going to be the same as you one of these days soon - with tomatoes coming out my ears!! Your garden is doing very well. I'm off to buy some new things for my garden today. Lettuce, dward peas, broccoli, and whatever else finds it's way home. Happy gardening!

  2. Hi Sarah. Not quite sure what I'm going to do with the excess yet. Guess I should start thinking about it - I'm about to be inundated! Would love to make some traditional Italian tomato sauce like my grandparents used to make when I was a kid. Will have to ask Nan how it is done. Isn't the vegie garden just a joy right now :) Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend in your patch. xx

  3. wow that's a lot of veg! I have a gardening question for you - should I be taking most of the leaves off the tomato plants now that there is lots of fruit on them ... I see yours are nearly naked. Good idea to plant another batch of plants.

  4. Loved the tour of your vegie patch Anita. Looks fabulous. You'll get lots of yummy dinners out of there. Nothing like the taste of home grown tomatoes is there. Can't wait til we get our vegie patch in.

  5. Nikki, I read in Vasili's Garden magazine that you should pick off the lower non-productive lateral leaves as the plant grows. This allows in more light and air, and encourages the plant to grow taller and product more flowers, and thus more fruit. It's the first year we've tried it and as you can see, it is working a treat! Could also be that we've had such abundant rain this year? Whatever the reason, I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing :)

  6. Hi Sue. Thanks so much for dropping in to visit. Been meaning to say that I LOVE your new blog design. Very fresh and light, and your header is fantastic. The garden sure is doing well this year. Enjoyed a feed of squash, beans and the first of the sweetcorn with dinner last night. You just cannot compare them to supermarket vegies. They are just to-die-for! Have a great weekend with your gorgeous kiddos. xxx

  7. What a beautiful vegetable garden you have, Anita! Loved looking at these photos. I'm missing our homegrown veges this summer, ironically it's been too wet to grow very much this year!

  8. It all looks AWESOME!!! I bet it feels so good to be producing for your family like you are..

    hugs - Jodie :)

  9. Beautiful garden! Love all the pictures - especially the tomato and squash. Roma tomatoes are one of my favorites :)
    - Kim

  10. I finally am catching up on all the blogs and definitely made it to the end of your post but you already knew I would right? I can see you are also into the OLW this year - look forward to following your journey too. I already feel so empowered by my word :)


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