There's a whole lot happening in our summer urban garden. Unfortunately, the zucchini and yellow squash I planted from seed flourished in the beginning, but became too waterlogged from all of the Sydney rain. The male and female flowers just weren't working together and we ended up with a lot of tiny, stunted, slightly yellow fruit. In the end we decided to pull all of the plants to make room for some other veggies (which I have yet to plant...).
The yellow and purple beans (both of which taste just like green beans, and turn green when you steam of blanch them, but are fun just the same) are almost at the end of their fruition. Notice the green tomatoes in this photo, picked early courtesy of Indigo. She's really a great help, as you can see!
There are tons of tomatoes! I took the lazy man's method to raising tomatoes- don't pick the stems and train the plant... just add more stakes and pin up all the vines that grow! One of our plants is taller than the fence going over to our neighbours and has 25-30 tomatoes on it right now.
We also have lots of silver beet and rainbow chard left over from the winter months, along with some cos lettuce, endives and kale. Our herb garden is also bountiful, except for the basil which I still can't seem to keep away from the slugs. They leave every other herb alone and always go straight for the basil!
And at the side of the house next to the garbage bins (!) appeared a beautiful Hydrangea in flower. I just couldn't let those beautiful blooms go to waste sitting in a corner where no one can enjoy them, so we have been cutting them and bringing them inside to enjoy in vases around the house.
How's your garden growing this summer? Have you had some successes and some failures? Any green thumb tips you have to share? And what does one do with green tomatoes? I'd love to know, as I have a sneaking suspicion there will be more to come over the next few months!