What Was In My Garden May 2016
It is amazing that it has taken me since the 4th of May 2016 to get this post written up and shared! I hope you enjoy reading about what was in my garden. Since then winter has found its way to the Western Cape and we have had numerous cold days, a few decent rain days and even some seriously hot days. Here I have another mystery flower. I had some ‘grow paper’ and planted it and this is what came up.
My chilli bush is going strong and I have been picking chillies on a regular basis – enough to keep us well in stock. The wind has taken a few but this does not bother me as I always get bumper crops.
I let my fennel go to seed and new plants are peeking out of the mass of sweet potato leaves. This fennel was not the best eating variety but I like using the fronds in my recipes for extra flavour.
I pot planted a ficus over a decade ago and moved it into the bit of garden in front of our garage doors. I have surrounded it with indigenous water wise flowering plants so that the area does not need too much of my attention. There is enough water drop off from the roof to keep the ficus watered most of the year.
My gooseberry bush has grown back really nicely and I am hoping it will produce fruit soon. The trick is to get to the berries before the dogs do!
Scarlett loves to dig! And my herb planters are showing the effects of her efforts by being empty. She has not managed to dig out this one as it is too tall for her. She has however managed to pull out some of the parsley. I have new tomatoes growing here but so far they have not flowered.
My marigolds continue to self seed with success. One day I will make some marigold tea with the flowers. But until then I am enjoying the natural insect repellent.
I bought a new variety of lavender and it is growing very slowly due to the fact that the lavender garden is not getting any sun in winter. However, all three plants are thriving and I am even getting flowers.
And because so many people asked to see the puppy, here she is in my garden! She can climb over the fencing into the vegetable patch. The fencing was put up to dissuade the Jack Russell’s from digging. So far Scarlett has managed to find a carrot I did not harvest, as well as my horseradish which I eventually planted. I am hoping it will replant effectively.
Due to Scarlett’s need to dig I planted spinach and rocket in the retaining wall. The dogs don’t spend enough time hanging out in the drive way so it should be safe. However, this is where the sun doesn’t shine and so I need to move the plants. I am hoping to get my other vegetable planter filled with soil this month.
My sweet potatoes are flowering which means we are close to a second harvest. As soon as the flowers die we can begin digging up potatoes. This year I will ensure we get each and every last one out.
My tarragon bush is amazing and I have been able to use this herb whenever I have needed to. I have dried some for in case it dies back this winter as it is meant to do.
What I blogged July 1:
- one year ago – In My Kitchen July 2015
- two years ago – In My Kitchen July 2014
- three years ago – In My Kitchen July 2013
- four years ago – Mosbolletjies | Must Rolls
- five years ago – Olive Tapenade
- six years ago – Tomato And Aubergine Tart
35 thoughts on “What Was In My Garden May 2016”
Lots of lovely things happening in your garden Tandy. Our cats love to sun themselves in our veggie boxes which doesn’t make for very good crops.
Have a wonderful and happy weekend ahead.
🙂 Mandy xo
But makes for happy cats I am sure 🙂
Wow! Your garden looks healthy and green. Scarlett is a beauty. Have a wonderful week-end Tandy!
Thanks Cheri 🙂
I regularly grow mint, coriander and rocket. I have a curry leaf plant and a big lemon tree too. Need to write a post on my love for gardening. Your plants are amazing and I wish they grow more strong and healthy.. I am a salad leaf lover.. Your fennel looks so nice and the gooseberry plant is amazing..
I used to have a curry leaf plant and think I should get another one 🙂
I love that you are growing fennel!
It is indigenous here so very easy to grow 🙂
What a treat to see your garden Tandy. As you know, growing food is where it’s at for me and I get so excited when I see others doing this. Best thing you can do ever!
I so agree Jem 🙂
What an amazing garden. Love that you can grow all your fresh herbs and vegetables. Adorable dog by the way!
Thank you Rosemary 🙂
You have some really interesting plants growing in your garden – a bit more variety than the standard vegetable patch!
I am hoping to keep it that way Elissa 🙂
Lovely write up on your home garden, love the smell of fresh herbs! And a cute puppy too!
thank you Prateek 🙂
Such a bountiful garden Tandy! And I love the look at Scarlett too 😀
Thank you Lorraine 🙂
I loved seeing these photos
I must take more soon 🙂
I am glad that your chilli bushes are still going strong. Something has eaten away at all of ours 🙁
Oh no! Hope you figure out what did that 🙂
Enjoyed reading about your winter garden experiences, we are supposed to be in full summer mode but the weather is really inconsistent this year, too much rain and too cold for some plants (fig tree) to start carrying fruit. On the other hand, it is a perfect year for roses and slugs!
Your puppy Scarlett is a beauty, Tandy!
Thank you Barbara, and I hope the weather gets warmer soon 🙂
Haha Scarlett must keep you on your toes, Tandy. Lovely to have freshly cut herbs. 🙂
She is very busy Sylvia 🙂
Is Scarlett your newest puppy? If yes, holy wow, so big already!
Your garden is positively thriving. Mine is completely non existent, something about minus degree weather makes me not want to garden at all. Cool I can enjoy via you tho!
She is my newest – 6 months old and huge!
Loved wandering round your garden with you Tandy. So beautiful.
Thank you Sally 🙂
Your garden is flourishing! I love the concept of having a garden, but haven’t been able to successfully keep plants alive on my balcony lol. I’m sure I’ll eventually give it a shot again because I think the greenery and having your own fresh produce is just wonderful.
Try planting some tomatoes with a bit of basil in the same pot – you should get a bumper crop 🙂