Late afternoon weekend-watering is my favourite time in summer. It’s also the perfect time to see what’s ready in the garden.
This season has been sluggish with rapid changes in temperature and moisture. Torrential rain, storms, hail, consistent rain, dull & cool days, then really hot changes with drying winds and no rain. The plants are so confused and I can’t blame them.
So the photo I took this Sunday afternoon shows the first slim jim eggplants and candy cane capsicum I’ve harvested. So late compared to ‘normal’ and usually producing well before Christmas.
The birdseye chilli plant was loaded this afternoon (pic 2) so I guess I’ll be making a dried chilli chain (who knows what old YouTube channel that tutorial is on 😉). Well you can find that video here and please be gentle… it was my first ever video and seven whole years ago.
I find the chillies less frustrating to pick from the pot I grow them in now. In-ground beds for small crops like that are no-go. I think it’s natural to avoid harvesting properly from a plant that is inconvenient or a struggle to harvest from. Consequently its a waste of space and resources if you are not harvesting and using what you grow. So my changes to the way I grow them were strategic.
I also think birdseye chillies are very convenient and a perfect smaller size for two people who only add ‘baby mouth’ chilli amounts to hot meals. By this stage of the season I haven’t made paste or powder from the chillies, so a larger chilli would sit and spoil in the fridge as I’d only be using part of it.
That yellow tomato behind the cucumber in the photo is one I’ll talk about on Tuesday because it’s a new variety to me. I grow one new variety of slicer, cherry and saladette per season. This is a slicer, but one I’ve noticed a few things about which I’m impressed by. More later.
I’ve taken to putting a vase with an agapanthus on it on my outside table (while the agapanthus flowers). I like looking at it out of the window..An outdoor table always ready for a cuppa is a wonderful thing–but if I have to get back to work and can’t go out there, I can soak up the beautiful view of flowers in a vase before I get back there. The om frog is a continuous reminder to remember to breathe. So while both were pushed aside for this photo, they are permanent fixtures for now.
Penelope the blue tongue lizard had more babies. I gave her some strawberries after seeing one of her tiny cute new bubs, already hanging around the strawberry pots. Surely this shows they all have it imprinted in their DNA about where to find food in this garden. I called this little one Dangles. Yes there’s a story to that for another day. But back to Penelope. She thought the three strawberries were lip-smacking goodness having eaten them up in the few minutes it took me to wash my hands and take the towels off the clothesline. If there is a lizard smile, she was smiling. I will try to get a ‘family’ photograph of them this week.
The things you see, touch, hear and feel on a watering stint in the garden. No wonder gardens are so good for mental health and wellbeing. Hope you had a lovely Sunday. 💫