Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Radish, Rocket, Basil, Beans, Beetroot and Fennel

Today's seeds... note the daggy gardeners cold morning footwear.
I've been a little too focused on raising the long summer crops like tomatoes, eggplant chillies and capsicums lately and have forgotten about getting the quicker summer crops going.

Now that bed space has been liberated by the cauliflowers finishing, I need to get things in.

Today I'm planting:
  • Radish -  Scarlet Globe. Is it possible to have summer without radish? And when it is such a quick cropper it makes you feel that you are some damn fabulous gardener.
  • Rocket - Pronto. The name says it all really. When in need for a quick crop, plant rocket, pronto!
  • Basil - Sweet Genovese. I need home-made pesto.  Yes, it's a need... Better get a few punnets going for planting into larger pots later. I started some earlier in the season but it has still been quite cold here in the mornings and I suspect the weather has not really suited them so far.
  • Beans - Kentucky Wonder.  The lovely Nina sent me Kentucky Wonder seeds months ago now. I got excited and put them all in.  They were growing beautifully and then, a frost wiped them out - all of them.  Kindly Nina send me another stash! I'd better make these ones work, hopefully the frosts are over now.
  • Beetroot - Crimson Globe. Beetroot salad with feta and pomegranate molasses, pickled beets, roasted beets... quick get the seeds in the ground.
  • Fennel - Florence. Tough cookies with such lovely foliage making the bed so pretty. These are going in today too.

What are you putting in?

I am contributing this to L@500m2's series on Succession Planting.  Hopefully that will mean that Tuesdays will always jog me to see what needs raising.


  1. Gee, I really need to write more neatly!

    I'm going to give fennel a go (if I can find some room). I didn't think I liked it but I had an amazing meal at a local winery on the weekend which had shaved fennel under the scallops and it was delicious.

    My Kentuckys went in this weekend along with a heap of seedlings from the Bunnings special. At last the weather has been warm enough to plant out the tomatoes, capsicum and eggplant. Lots more went in, too. I love this time of year!

    PS - I'm pleased to say that the limoncello is steeping. Thanks for the heads-up. :)

  2. I'm about to rip out or have already ripped out a lot of the things you are planting now. I'm going to try a very late planting of snow peas that I've started indoors and some beets also. Next up is lettuce since all my red leaf lettuces are bolting now.

  3. Fantastic planning! I on the other had had a shocker - fancy missing my own series on the second week - post will be up shortly. The basil I planted turned out to be some perennial type - not sweet basil at all, so you've reminded me to plant more.

  4. Just remembered that Nina sent me some of the Kentucky Wonder beans - must dig them out and plant them. I'm running out of room, must make some for them as well as some radishes etc.



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