Saturday, 31 December 2011

Last Week of 2011

December: The Last Week of 2011

This has to be the best year for Dwarf Beans
I'm harvesting a small amount each day!

The week started Hot, cooled down on Monday then the temperature steadily climbed back to 36C by Saturday. The New Year looks like starting off very hot with 39C predicted for the next few days! Argh!!

Early sowing of winter brassicas
Brassica oleracea
Broccoli Purple Sprouting from 4 Seasons Seeds
Cauliflower Romanesco (I usually call this one Broccoli) from The Italian Gardener
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian from Green Harvest
Kale Morton's Mix from Phoenix Seeds
Kale Tuscan Black (Cavalo Nero) from Diggers
Cabbage Ethiopian Brassica abyssinica from Seed Savers Network

Some 'top-up' seeds from earlier greens planting after the rain and heat kind of killed the first lot!!!
Lettuce Butternut
Miner's Lettuce


The Large Mixed and Tiny Spinning Top Gourds
are setting and showing their curious shapes!

It looks like the mystery pumpkins in Bed 6
will be Butternuts!
I don't have a lot of luck growing that variety
and here they are volunteering all by themselves!

***Happy New Year to all***
May your Food Garden
grow well in 2012!


  1. Inspired by your early seed planting, I too shall give those brassica types a go, as soon as the heat of this week is done and dusted!
    I totally forgot about all of the yummy winter things in my seed stash waiting to be planted. :)
    Try and keep cool this week, it's going to be a stinker!

  2. Oh and Happy New Year scarecrow! May it be a great year in the garden! :)

  3. Hi Meeka
    You will have more time to get your winter veg started than I do up here where it gets really cold in winter. I like to get the seedlings up and growing well before May when it's frosty mornings really slow growth down in the garden.

    As for keeping cool...we get an early start outside then rest inside during the hottest time of the day and go back out in the evening.

  4. Hi Frogdancer
    I like this kind of pumpkin...ones that volunteer all by themselves!

  5. Happy new year scarecrow - may your butternuts blossom!


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