L'orto di Bruno [Bruno's Vegetable Garden]

What's been happening in Bruno's vegetable garden lately?

Sunday, April 17, 2005

A Return to Normality

The weather finally settled down to "normal" autumn conditions after the unusual heat of the past two weeks.

As can be seen from the photos I've let the tomatoes go a bit. Grass has been growing between the plants. I will probably pull the plants out soon. I saw a useful tip on ABC TV's Gardening Australia program: if the plants have dried out with fruit still growing, pull the plants out and hang them upside down to let the fruit ripen. I've done that with some of the "Costoluto di Marmande" plants, and will probably do the same for the remaining plants from the first batch of seedlings planted in September. Meanwhile, this week I harvested eleven tomatoes of the "Costoluto di Marmande" variety, and two from the original plants.

I picked a couple of capsicums this week, with several more maturing quite nicely. Unfortunately my aubergines aren't looking so good, thanks to attacks by insects. I don't want to use any pesticides, so I'll have to see if there's an organic way to deal with the problem.

To view the latest photos, click on the links below:
The tomatoes (week 30)
The aubergines and capsicums (week 24 after transplanting)
The "Costoluto di Marmande" tomatoes (week 14 after transplanting)