September in Our Garden

Potatoes

Even though Summer’s almost over, it’s not over for our little vegetable garden. The Nasturtiums are just beginning

Companion Planting - Nasturtiums

and our (free) tomatoes just keep getting bigger and bigger and more abundant

Grow your own tomatoes

unlike the poor old tomato plant we bought at the nursery, which has only produced 3 tomatoes so far

from this huge plant. Not sure what’s up with that. My colleague at work suggested it might be that it wasn’t pollinated, but it grew in the same area as the other plants and there were plenty of bees around.

Our Chard is growing like a weed – I’ve already harvested it twice and have added it to last night’s delicious stew

Grow your own chard

and the Butter Lettuce is coming along nicely. I planted another 6 seeds last week, so, hopefully we’ll be eating lovely butter lettuce for weeks to come.

grow your own butter lettuce

The Brussels Sprouts that we planted for our Christmas dinner are still alive, although the one looks a little smaller than the others. I hope it catches up.

 Grow your own brussels sprouts

I’ve been harvesting lots and lots of Parsley and been adding it to everything I can think of – stews, salads, etc. It’s very good for you. This vitamin-rich diuretic is packed with healthful vitamins and powerful nutrients. Parsley is a nutritional powerhouse with vitamins A, B, C and K and the minerals iron and potassium.  The Strawberry Mint has started to flower with lovely little purple flowers, adding a bit of colour to the vegetable garden.

Strawberry Mint

We bought some Garlic on the weekend which I plan to plant this weekend just in time for next Summer. I also bought some little Daffodils which I’ll plant next month along with the other bulbs I have waiting in the shed.

We brought our potatoes in from the shed and have been enjoying them as a side dish every couple of days. The taste is so incredible we want to eat them all in one go. I’m not sure how we’re going to go back to eating store-bought potatoes. We plan on growing a lot more next year.

All in all, this little ‘grow-your-own-vegetables’ experiment has been quite successful. We’ve learned quite a lot from it, mainly to plant a lot of things much earlier than we did this year. Next year our garden will be much bigger and I’m excited to share that journey with you and get your feedback as to what I can improve on.

Until next time …

 

thejaneeffect

 

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