What I can grow is (and in no particular order, but just as it pops into my head):
|I am very proud of this beetroot|
- my biggest yet - and grown in my new
raised veggie bed enclosed vegetable patch.
Corn - not that successful because of the strange position on the retainer wall, however I did plant a second crop in December, next to my new enclosed vegetable patch where they are more protected from the wind, and are in a more traditional 'block' planting, and they are doing beautifully!
Potatoes - coming on nicely
Yams - spreading all over the place :-)
Lemon trees from pips LOL
Pomegranate trees from cuttings
and sundry other herbs
What I cannot grow are:
Pumpkins ) actually, to be fair, I don't honestly know about these, as RSon
Squash ) accidentally trimmed off all the growing points with the strimmer
Zucchini ) - and, yes, I did loose my cool... But they also got infected with mildew / fungus, and a spray solution of 10% milk with 90% water didn't help
|I don't begrudge 10% of my harvest going to |
the insects -its' only fair :-) After all, I am
invading their space.
The latter three all got infested with slugs, teeny-weeny snails (too small to pick off) and I think, whitefly. My eco-friendly spray didn't stand a chance against that onslaught! My cucumbers didn't develop properly at all, and all appeared to have been "stung" by something.
RMan is quite happy that the broccoli didn't survive - he's not particular to that vegetable - are any of the menfolk? :-)
He's not that mad about aubergine either, and they are prolific in the garden, so for dinner last night I tried another dish.
I made a Butternut / Aubergine Curry with coconut milk (in the solar oven) and served it with sliced chicken fillets pan-fried in butter, solar cooked rice, the last of my dreaded broccoli and a (solar cooked) beetroot salad. Yummy, yummy, yummy.
I hate it when I watch a cooking programme and the chef says "Delicious - absolutely scrumptious" and I have no way of verifying that, so, being in the same position now, I can only ask you to take my word for it, it really was good.
All in all, I'm more than content with what does grow in my garden - especially given the limited space I have to grow vegetables in. Next year I will focus all my energy, and space, on what I know is successful, and, if necessary, will purchase the dreaded broccoli from my local greengrocer if I have to...
All solar cooked dishes mentioned on this blog will be in my (hopefully) soon to be released "Free from the Sun" solar cookbook.