The Gardens of Chiconia 37: winter vegies

It’s winter in my garden, so it must be time to grow tomatoes!

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 6.51.22 pm Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 6.50.51 pm Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 6.48.13 pm Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 6.51.59 pm Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 6.48.50 pm Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 6.49.19 pmNo, I’m not raving. We’re averaging pleasant daytime temperatures of around 24-26°C (75-78°F), it hasn’t fallen below 10°C (50°F) at night, the bugs are (mostly) in abeyance, and it’s the perfect time to grow the things that can’t cope in the height of the summer. Tomatoes, zucchini, herbs…

Of course, I’m not showing the silverbeet and bok choi which have been decimated by the Eggfly Butterfly caterpillars – it’s an ugly scene of devastation. It happened last year too, and I hoped a change of venue would make the difference, but it hasn’t.  So far, my Brazilian and Malabar Spinach seem to be untouched – the greedy beasts seem to prefer the brassica family.

I hope winter is treating the Aussies and Kiwis among you kindly, and that the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere has brought balmy weather and longer sunny days.


32 thoughts on “The Gardens of Chiconia 37: winter vegies

  1. That’s incredible – is weather like this normal at this time of year?

    • katechiconi says:

      Sure is! Nice, eh? Mostly the summers are too hot and much too humid for European vegies; tomatoes wilt in the heat and zucchini get mildewy, capsicums get blossom end rot, etc. But this IS the tropics. The rest of Australia is colder, and they have some great snow in the Southern Alps!

  2. Well, good for you. Over here, the temperature suddenly plummeted and a lot of rain came with that. There’s even some snow on the Matroosberg mountains…. And us South Africans are pathetic when it comes to miserable weather – we start moaning and whining like babies and act like it wasn’t just like this in all previous years! 🙂

  3. Lucky you. Your winter is warmer than our summer! Average temperature this week is about 14C.

    Is there some companion planting you can use to deter the eggfly butterfly? (Maybe try the RHS)

  4. rutigt says:

    Here in Sweden the summer is blowing away. No sign of it, except from all the greenery!

  5. claire93 says:

    I don’t know where in France Viv lives, but we’ve been enjoying 26°C and above in this part of France and first day of summer isn’t until 21st June for us.
    We visited Qld during your winter (in July) and yep, floppy hats and sunglasses were called for when out for walks.and we were all swimming in the outdoors pool. I don’t think I survive a Qld summer!

    • katechiconi says:

      I think Viv’s in Brittany, not sure. I find the outdoor temperature really lovely at this time of year, and it’s so much better for any work in the garden.

  6. Here in Wales it’s like autumn – we had an inch of rain yesterday and I have builders sloshing about in thick mud. I am shut indoors with a big mug of tea, millionaire’s shortbread, a knocker or three to knit, and the fire lit! Welcome to the British summer.

    • katechiconi says:

      … and people wonder why I emigrated. Seriously, we get our share of dismal weather, weeks on end of rain, everything getting mildewy, but the compensations are so great…

  7. tialys says:

    I’m further South in France than Viv too and it was 30oC here today However, it was obviously all too much, it’s got itself into a lather and now we are having a stormy downpour which is fine as it’s 19h now and means I don’t have to water the garden.

  8. you call this Winter ??????it’s all looking good ! we just had a cold and wet May, today it was 13 C° in 2 days time we’ll get 30C° or so the weatherforcasters say…..

    • Jule says:

      Same here in the north of Germany – I’m still wearing my winter jacket, but could finally put away the scarf and gloves 😉 Two more days and it will be summer 🙂

      • katechiconi says:

        Ah, that’s how you decide if it’s summer: when you don’t need scarf and gloves any more! I know it’s winter when we don’t need air conditioning in the bedroom any longer!

    • katechiconi says:

      I do call this winter! It’s lovely! After summers of days on end of 38C and 90% humidity, winter is so welcome!

  9. EllaDee says:

    A delightful crop of tropic winter veges, both for you and the happy hungry caterpillars! Ah 24 – 26…lovely. It’s chilly here done south but an oven cooked dinner is sufficient to warm the apartment. We’re heading to TA for the long weekend, where happily the nights will be chilly enough for the woodfire. Bliss.

    • katechiconi says:

      There’s nothing quilt like a wood stove, is there? It’s just so cosy compared with other forms of heat. Wish we were heading to Coffs, we could meet up, but the Husband’s working and I’m still on jury service next week.

  10. Bill says:

    Here in southern Virginia we’ve suddenly reverted to cold and wet, which will be a relief to our spring veggies (like lettuce and broccoli) that were beginning to bolt. Your tomatoes look great. We’re about a few weeks away from such a pretty sight.

    • katechiconi says:

      At least you’re in the right season for such sights. As a former European, I still find it a daily miracle to be growing tomatoes in the winter – even if the winter here is more like summer there! I must get out there with a dose of Garden Tea for everything, and then it’ll all be unstoppable!

  11. Debbierose says:

    Its too cold here, swap temperature with you 😊

    • katechiconi says:

      This evening, I put on a jumper for the first time this year, coming out of the movies at 11pm. It wasn’t exactly cold, just a bit fresh. There are times when I long for cold, and a wood stove, and thick socks. But not for long!

  12. pattisj says:

    The US welcomes summer June 21, as well, but it feels like summer already! Hot and humid the past few days. I was curious when you mentioned in a previous post you were planting your garden veggies this time of year. Aha moment!

    • katechiconi says:

      It hasn’t stopped the caterpillars completely decimating my spinach and bok choy, unfortuately, but the Malabar and Brazilian spinach are still fine, the tomatoes are thriving and the capsicums (peppers) are enjoying a second wind. The zucchini are only producing male flowers at present, but I see some tiny fat female buds at the base of the stem, so there’s hope there too.

  13. Jen Gardener says:

    Your winter vegies look very much like my summer vegies! Yum!

    • katechiconi says:

      For winter, they’re pretty good, eh? I can’t wait for all the baby zucchini to get cracking – we eat lots of them in my lime zucchini cake, which is hugely popular!

  14. Tomatoes in winter, I am living in the wrong part of the world. I want tomatoes in winter – very cool!

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, there are downsides to the tropics, especially in the Wet season, also known as Summer to everyone else… But yes, fresh tomatoes off the vine in winter is a very fine thing!

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