The Gardens of Chiconia 16

We’re having some lovely soft rain, just what the vegies want.

I’m quite pleased about it too, because it means I don’t have to water.

It’s mostly good out there. Except for the beetroot, which has been mostly beheaded by something that eats the leaves. I still have a couple of plants left, but I’ll need to fill the gap with something else which doesn’t mind the shade the bean plants are going to cast. Of course, I don’t have the netting cage ready for this one yet, and some creature is rudely taking advantage. Considering everything was planted only two and a half weeks ago, they’re doing an outstanding job. I’m giving the worm tea full credit… That, and the threats I uttered when they were planted, along the lines of “Grow nicely and the worms will feed you. Misbehave, and you’ll feed the worms!”

I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

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Flower buds on the Long Yellow capsicum

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Black King zucchini – leaves the size of my hand

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Rhubarb: it’s cute now, but it’s going to be ugly when it grows up

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Flower buds on the green beans. The butter beans aren’t far behind.

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Pods on the snow peas already!

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The cherry tomatoes are tallest, and flowering already but the Grosse Lisse is catching up. Roma’s slower…

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The sweet potato is going to climb everywhere. It’s three or four times the original size.

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Rocket, and its neighbour chinese cabbage

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Bok choi, almost big enough to eat already



18 thoughts on “The Gardens of Chiconia 16

  1. mihrank says:

    wow – beautiful – I was feeling I was walking in The gardens of the Villa d’Este had a profound influence on the development of garden design throughout Europe. They are among the earliest and finest of the giardini delle meraviglie and symbolize the blooming of Renaissance culture.

  2. tialys says:

    (I love an excuse to use my favourite word)

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s quite apt in this context! I’m waiting to see if the rather elderly seeds for pumpkins, melons and Purple King climbing beans will germinate and sprout. That will turn into a whole new kind of lush!

  3. modflowers says:

    Wow, your garden is growing better than ours! Our beans have been turned lacy by the slugs, my poppy and cornflower seedlings have been totally munched away to nothing, and I’m keeping an eye on the strawberries with a view to netting / fleecing them to keep the pesky pigeons from nicking all our crop when they finally do ripen!

    • katechiconi says:

      I really do have to get on with the other two netting cages to exclude whatever has decimated the baby beetroots… But sewing mosquito netting is just horrible and I’ve been putting off the dreaded moment. No more excuses today, though.

  4. anne54 says:

    Two and a half weeks!! After a month you will be lost in an edible jungle! They all look so healthy and happy. Yea for worm tea.

  5. Jen Gardener says:

    Aw, your rhubarb is cute! Love rhubarb! Had some on my bircher museli this morning. Yum 🙂

  6. wombatquilts says:

    Rain…how quaint for Queensland.

    • katechiconi says:

      How I wish some of it would fall inland where they need it so badly. It comes in off the sea, falls along the coastal strip and then loses the will to live when it hits the range inland.

  7. All that growth in 2.5 weeks! And growing tomatoes in winter too… There’s a lot of things I envy about your tropical weather.

    • katechiconi says:

      The best thing is that the soil never completely chills, so you can just keep planting until it gets too hot. Everything is topsy turvy! The tomato plants are getting quite huge, and the sweet potato and zucchini are definitely going to need a haircut soon…

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