Sunday, June 5, 2011

The winter garden

Now that it is officially winter I thought I would give you some snapshots of our winter garden. We are very fortunate to be able to grow veggies year round. We have a mediterranean climate here in Cape Town so while we do get cold, have lots of rain and winds, we escape the frost and snow that the inland provinces have to face.

What we grow now are called "cool season vegetables" - all the brassicas, spinach, kale, lettuces and my favorite - broad beans. We can get away with beetroot, onions, potatoes and sweet potatoes now although the growth rate slows dramatically.

This is what our newest veggie garden looks like today....who could think it was like this about 6 months ago!

Our lettuces are doing well...too many to eat in this cold weather. The broad beans have me salivating in anticiplation...

Curly Kale is a new veggie for us...I believe it is very tasty and iron rich.

Spinach as always - a staple food in our home!

Peas are making flowers...lots need to be staked. Oh...a gardeners work is never done!

Superman's chillies...some too hot even for him! We planted coriander in between the bushes and it is very happy.

Red and white cabbage, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli fill the other beds.

The only problem in winter is motivation :-) To leave my warm home, my book, my kitchen...and go and do something in the garden. I am sure it can wait until tomorrow :-)


tami said...

Your garden is lovely Wendy. It's hard to belive looking at it that's it's a winter garden. We have an extended summer here but we've been discussing our winter garden and plan (hopefully) to build a temporary winter greenhouse. We'll see. Just dreaming for now.

Lois Evensen said...

What a beautiful garden!

Patsy said...

I live in the states (Illinois) and your winter garden looks very much like our summer gardens! Love reading your blog, don't stop.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Your veggie garden look amazing. So many varieties growing. We probably has similar climate. We are also growing cool season vegetables at the moment.

Tuinmeisie said...

Oh Wendy your garden looks amazing. Im too lazy to go out now and am hoping the garden (few broccoli and peas) survives.

Regina said...

hello wendy
your garden is a dream.lovely blog.
have a cosy day,
greetings from germany,

Sherrin said...

Lovely! We are growing similar things at our end of the earth, but in smaller quantities!