No matter how big our vegetable garden is, it doesn't seem big enough... that or we've overplanted... probably the latter..and the former!
Anyhow. We've had some scorching heat this past week and earlier in the week I was horrified to find a whole swarm of fruitfly helping themselves to our silverbeet, and some on the tomatoes! Not happy ! Went to the local Bunnings and it was explained it was going to be hard to get rid of them as I would have needed to set a trap for the male, and that should be done before they appear. .. Or I could pay $30 for a chemical concentrate to spray on.. I thought I'd give a home remedy a try.
So I mixed 2 tb of beer with 2 litres of water and 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped, and 2 tb dried chilli flakes (we had dried our own, use fresh chillies if you have them) boil for 5 minutes, and leave overnight. Strain, and then put in spray bottle. Well, it seems to have worked. We applied it every morning and watered at night only and there's no sign of the little blighters today, despite the dreadful heat over the weekend. Woot to no chemical sprays!
So here's the garden!
Tomatoes, tomatoes and more tomatoes!
Tomato berries... aren't they cute?
Here's some of the Grosse Lisses, there's loads of them this size and bigger!
These are thai pink tomato seedlings, there's no more room in the opera house so they're in pots!
And here's a black russian in an upside-down planter, it took a while to take off but now it's found the sun, it's doing nicely and growing steadily (not a scrap on those Black Russians in the Opera House).
Silverbeet is about a 1 foot high now
celery, cos lettuce (which we are eating presently and have harvested outer leaves) and carrots.
Rhubarb has exploded this past week!
Leeks, Baby Cos and climbling beans
Cucumbers, still flowering, growing nicely...
The pumpkin patch, has now ventured out of the wire under the jacaranda tree as we'd hoped :)
Watermelon has doubled in size in the past week
and here's some seedlings ready for transplant (watermelon and rockmelon)
Eggplant are flowering..
And here are some more baby eggplant to go into the garden
Climbing beans are growing leaves, shoots and flowers at an alarming pace!
And here's a look at the easterly end of the garden (click to enlarge if you wish!):