Imagine this .. I’m in the veg garden the other day watering my lovely plants (and talking to them as I do). I’m spraying the potatoes and it’s about 5 o’clock. I would much rather water in the morning so the leaves can dry – but sometimes it’s not always possible. So while hosing I happen to stare at a spud plant and think, I didn’t know there was a tomato growing in that bed. Strange. At a closer look – I was shocked, my potato plant is growing a tomato, in fact several of them are (don’t think I’m nuts, they are in the same family)! I dashed indoors thinking Google and plonked myself down at the computer. My first thought was that I had introduced some odd hybrid into my garden, but these round green berries it seems are actually the fruit of the potato plant. The other news is, they are toxic so don’t eat them. In all the years I’ve grown spuds I have never seen them before. Have you?
Looking like a tomato
I’m also going to hoist out my beans this week. I read somewhere (probably Google) that it is an idea to leave the roots in the ground which I’m going to do this year – I have no idea why as I need to do this, as the peas which I’m planting on the other side of the trellis are a nitrogen fixer too. More to report on this later.
Another spud flower … looking gorgeous!
I have finally done my planting plan. Interested?
Here goes –
- RB1 – will stay as salad and herbs, it’s just on the other side of the hedge so not too far to go from the backdoor
- RB2 – garlic and Egyptian walking onions
- RB3 – brassicas (this is the spud bed – think root crop before brassicas good work Julie)
- RB4 – garlic and leeks
- RB5 – giving this one a break. I’ll sow some lupins (another nitrogen fixer) and eventually dig them back in to the bed
- RB6 – peas and more brassicas and guess what – this bed currently has spuds growing!
Seeds? I’ve bought more and they will be arriving any day via our snail mail. Time to get sowing and germinating. This is always a great time of year!
And those chillies I mentioned just recently, well the jalapeno plants are doing just fine … shame about the habanero
Jalapeno just starting to hit their stride
They taste pretty darn good too …
Beautiful monarch butterfly enjoying my zinnias
And just cos I can … Muriwai beach this morning
Bring on autumn I want some rain!