This is the current status of my backyard wicking beds.
This month's theme is colour, and I feel a bit sad that this wasn't a little earlier in the year as it feels like the peak of summer was when the blaze of colour in the garden was at it's peak.
But still, there are splashes of colour in the food garden to be had.
|Beetroot seedlings showing their true colours.|
|The slightly older Golden Beetroot in the same bed show their true colours too.|
|I've planted out red, white and yellow stemmed silverbeet around this self sown asian green.|
|A few of the cherry tomatoes are still holding on and adding a cheery colour to the garden.|
|Its all green in the brassica beds.|
|The shiny black of the skinny eggplants continues as these put on a second flush of fruit.|
Moving on around the rest of the garden there are still flashes of colour to be seen.
|Red red rhubarb.|
|I don't know what this is under the peach tree, but its pretty and prolific.|
|In the espalier orchard the Red Cleopatra is starting to live up to its name.|
|Late slown climbing beans are flowering well.|
|Red Garnet Amaranth (a leaf type not seed type) is both pretty and delicious.|
|Cucumbers left to go to seed beside unripe tomatoes.|
|The speckled Dabinette cider apple is looking good.|
|I love these green squash.|
|The lemons are starting to look lemony.|
I've got some garlic and peas to plant out this month. All my brassicas are already in, so there isn't much to do. Maybe some more lettuce seeds and parsnips.
The remains of the summer crops including tomatoes and eggplants. The capsicums in the polytunnel are still flowering and I expect there will be more fruit from those for a little while. There are baby carrots and a few summer sown beetroots left. I'm waiting eagerly for the beans. Until the greens and brassicas get bigger that's about it.
Fruit wise I'm waiting for the autumn raspberries to fruit (flowers already so not too far away!) and the mid-season apples will be picked soon. I still have a few of the Durondeau pears in the fridge.
- Cut out all the dead tomato plants and sow green manure crops
- Plant garlic, peas, lettuce and parsnips.
- Keep feeding up the late season apples so they get nice and big.
- Fully close up the polytunnel as the weather gets colder.