Before I did that though, I came across these fellows - left-overs from last year. And what whoppers they were too.
|Hidden treasure - and what a treasure :)|
Ginamormous carrots and parsnips.
Who says you have to keep left-overs in the fridge? Mother nature provides the best storage solution of all, I reckon.
But, speaking of nibbled.
I discovered that we have a family of hares who have taken up residence in our garden at night. And, topping their list of midnight snacks was...
|Whose been eating my |
|Hare prevention proceeds.|
I didn't get as many corn plants in the ground
as I'd hoped, but, hey - there's always next year :)
So, this called for a solution. I had read somewhere that to create a stake of poles round a (small) mealie patch allowed one to provide support for them in windy areas. So - poles went in at each corner and at mid-point between the corners of the small corn patch. With cross poles too.
|The poles and cross members go in|
Round and over the poles...
|Protected corn bed behind, and my beautiful|
potatoes in tyres in front - they appear to
love their special beds, and it makes
harvesting them sooooo much easier, especially
as our soil hardens to a consistency of cement
in the heat of summer.
...I draped bird netting - nice, perfect bird netting just waiting to entangle a paw or two - which never happened. Clever hares :)
|Grow little mealies - grow...|
It worked! :)
|A bit of TLC, and look - my mealies had a|
chance to grow and they're saying thank you
But, I have left the poles in situ - for when the plants are taller and might need some wind support.
|Sunflowers, corn, beans and squash|
happily sharing the same bed. Thank
goodness for the porous pipe - in the
heat we're experiencing, it's taking
care of all the watering that's
The soil on the farm - well now, that is a different matter. Everything, thankfully, seems to love it. Or is it because I prepared the beds with plenty of compost and combined growing corn, squash, beans and sunflowers in the same bed? Whatever. I'm thrilled :)
|Broken and deformed but|
determined to make something
of it's life this sunflower
beat the odds
Whatever it was, something broke this sunflower stem - I thought the plant was a gonner. But I left it in place, and it rewarded me by growing none the less. So it's shorter, and it's deformed. But I love it :)
|Good morning day :)|
So, what have I harvested from my garden which I planted late ?
Firstly, the ever faithful swiss chard :) Bowls and bowls of yummy creamed spinach (or should I say creamed swiss chard?) But you know what I mean.
|Swiss chard - bolting a little|
due to the heat
I've picked armfuls of the stuff and there's still more and more growing in the shadecloth greenhouse.
|Yum - I can taste the creamed |
DD, WGuy and MKid arrived late on Saturday. MKid and DD came to inspect what was growing and then joined me in harvesting ... ta da! - my first ever marrows. And gem squash. And, as you can see from the pic below, we also harvested...
|Broad beans, gem squash and no-so-baby marrows LOL|
Does anyone have any recipes for preserving (baby or not so baby LOL) marrows - they're growing voraciously!