Photo shoot

Some photos from around the garden.

A view of the wicking box line. Butter beans in the front, followed by beetroot, bread wheat, lettuce and capsicums:

Close-up of the lettuce. This was self-sown. Lettuce seed is so easy to collect and I have lots of it. Bread wheat in the background. I’ve grown ordinary wheat successfully before, so thought I’d try the high-protein wheat I bought for the bread. Every 100 g I can grow means an extra batch of bread. (I still have to buy the bread flour from the supermarket for the other 400 g flour in the batch):

Lemon Verbena is my favourite choice for herb tea in the morning. It has an attractive terminal flower head. I’m drying the leaves for use over winter when the plants have died back:

This is the first time I’ve tried basil in a wicking box. That’s a silver beet in the centre, trying to muscle its way in. It was only a tiny seedling when I planted the basil and wasn’t growing at all. Now it’s taken off. I wonder if it likes the basil as company:

Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), a local native plant. It likes water and has established itself around the pool edges. It flowers in summer and the bees love it:

This is the only apple on this particular tree. I’m very excited about it because it’s a seedling from my Red Delicious tree. Apples don’t come true from seed, so I have no idea what it’s going to taste like. I’m hoping it will be good, because the tree itself is huge and will be a bonus for the garden:

Green Zebra tomatoes, close to ripening:

This is ordinary wheat, planted in a wire circle. I last grew it in 2007 and found a jar of it in the cupboard. Now that I have the Thermomix and can grind my own wheat into flour, I thought I’d start growing wheat again. This is probably a low-protein variety so will be good to make wholemeal flour for baking things other than bread:

Butterfly Bush (Buddleia sp.). I was given this plant by the Mornington Community Garden Group after I gave them a talk on permaculture. Very pretty:

These are Silvery Fir Tree tomatoes. There are 8 fruits on this truss and many more trusses on the plant. It’s the first time I’ve grown this variety. Hope they’re tasty:


I offered to sow a pot of coriander seed for a friend. I just pushed the large seeds into the soil and noticed that in every spot two seedlings appeared where one seed had been sown. This is like silver beet where each seed is actually a composite of many seeds and more than one seedling will appear. I checked it out and coriander ‘seed’ is actually a fruit containing two seeds. You learn something new every day!:

Remember those tomato cuttings I took? This is one of them, planted in a pot beside the chook run. It’s almost as tall as the plant the cutting was taken from:

This self-sown pumpkin has appeared in one of the compost bins. It’s probably come from pumpkins my neighbour gave me, in which case it’ll probably take over the garden. Hers was an immense vine and they got about 30 huge pumpkins from it. I’ll let it go and see what happens. It’ll have to be gently trained to go where I want it, so that I can still access the garden!:

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7 Responses to “Photo shoot”

  1. Frogdancer Says:

    I’ve just realised I have pumpkins in the compost too.
    Very exciting.

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  2. gwen Says:

    Loving the pictures, especially the ones of your tomatoes — mine are very small at the moment, fresh from the first bloom on my plants.

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  3. Scarecrow Says:

    Great photos!
    It seems strange (to me) that you are growing wheat during summer…it is grown locally during winter here (frosts and all) so there is no need for irrigation. That and the fact it would never survive our usually dry, hot summers. I will be interested to see how yours goes.
    I wasn’t all that impressed with the Silvery Fir Tree Tomatoes taste wise (still much better than shop bought ones) I think they have been bred for their attractive foliage, which I do like. I didn’t plant any this year but have a couple of volunteers growing around the garden. 🙂

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      Hi Scarecrow,

      I’ve sown wheat in autumn previously, but thought I’d see how it would go sown in spring. One of the reasons is that when I’ve grown it in the wire circles (45 cm high, to keep the rabbits out), it has grown so tall over winter, that I’ve had to put another wire circle on top, with a net, to keep the parrots out!

      So I thought if I sow it in spring, maybe it won’t grow as tall, because it will want to flower as soon as possible and if it keeps below 45 cm I can just peg a net over the top against the parrots.

      It seems to have worked as it’s flowering now and has only just reached the top of the wire circle.

      The batch of bread wheat in the wicking box will be interesting. It’s already over 30 cm high and showing no sign of flowering. I may have to cut down on watering to induce it to flower.

      I had my first Silvery Fir Tree tomato fried last night. I thought the flavour was OK, but since I don’t ever buy tomatoes over the winter, the very first home-grown tomato of summer, after 8 or so tomato-less months is bound to taste good!

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  4. The F. Relic Says:

    Bees love my Buddleia as do various species of butterflies. Hope yours is bringing the insect life in too.
    I had forgotten about Purple Loosestrife, used to grow it before leaving Melbourne and cannot remember if it grows easily from seed. Would love to have some for my dam. Could you save a little seed for me please? 🙂

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    • foodnstuff Says:

      Purple Loosestrife must grow easily from seed because all of my plants (bar the very first one which was planted), are self- sown. I’ll certainly save some seed for you.

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  5. Chris Says:

    Your garden looks very productive. I love compost sprung pumpkin vines. They seem to do exceptionally well over the one’s you deliberately plant. 😉

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