The vege garden has gathered more plants and is starting to look like something worthwhile. The late spring rain we’ve had has been extremely helpful; keeping my newly planted seedlings watered and helping the older veges put on growth. That is, until last week’s three days of hot, sticky weather akin to the height of summer. They said rain was coming but it was very tardy. Finally, on Friday night the heavens opened and beautiful rain fell upon my thirsty garden. It carried on throughout much of Saturday and I was very happy.

Vege garden
The things are growing!
Tomatoes and garlic
Tomatoes and garlic
Tomatoes and salvias
Tomatoes with salvias in front. And weeds. Hmm…

Here is what I’ve planted in the vege garden to date:

  • Tomatoes x15
  • Capsicums x7
  • Chillies x2
  • Potatoes x19
  • Pumpkins x2
  • Cucumbers x2
  • Runner beans x2
  • Garlic x26
  • Spring onions x20
  • Lettuces x4
  • Salvias x17

The salvias, with flowers of white, blue/white and purple are to provide food for the bees and predatory insects like hoverflies. Seedwise I have sowed carrots, spinach and bok choy.

Salvia 'Salsa Deep Purple'
Salvia ‘Salsa Deep Purple’

I have these seedlings remaining to plant:

  • Kale
  • Parsley
  • Celery
  • Leeks
  • Rocket
  • Basil
  • More lettuces
  • Sorrel
  • Meadowfoam
  • Sweet alyssum

C’mon little seedlings, grow faster. Summer is almost upon us!

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4 thoughts on “The Vege Garden is Filling up

  1. Quite an enterprise you have going on in your vegetable patch! It’s looking very exciting.
    I must ask my mum about Meadowfoam and Sweet alyssum – mum was born in Wairoa. So yes I have dual nationality… I’m not sure I’ve come across these two plants.
    Grow plants – grow.. 😉

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    1. Thanks Kitty. I plant both meadowfoam and sweet alyssum as they are supposed to attract predatory insects to the vege garden. Meadowfoam (Limnanthes douglasii) is also known as poached egg plant. I don’t think a lot of people in NZ know about it. Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) is very well known and easy to grow but you need to plant one of the classic white varieties for the best insect-attracting results. It is becoming increasingly well-utilised in various orchards.
      -Twiglet

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      1. Ahh I know what Alyssum is I was thinking you were talking about vegetables… It was probably the ‘sweet’ that threw me. I’d actually like to put some amongst the rockery here.

        I’ve just spoken to Mum who said she’d heard of it as it was quite an invasive ground plant She can understand why it would be good in a vegetable patch along with the Alyssum to attract those insects…
        Kitty

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