Week 24 in the OMG


Another damp week at Milkwood where we got 35.5mm of rain and a few dull days.

Where has summer gone ? A bit more sun would bring some of the solanaceae to ripen faster, but the leafy greens and salads love the cooler weather.

Here is Paul, a graduate of the last Milkwood PDC and now WWOOFing for a while, with 1.5kg of spinach. Yum.

And we have some other nice images of good things to eat :


This monster Tomato ‘Red Pear‘  (seeds from Franchi Sementi via the Italian Gardener) weighed in at 600gm !


… while this lovely dark Aubergine ‘Violetta Longa‘ is still on the vine.

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(L) Ruby Chard and (R) Red Basil – both in the Kitchen Garden.


Out along the lower dam wall we have a cascade of pumpkin, squash and melon …

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and here a close-up of growing pumpkins

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The big achievement this week was the creation of the Asparagus Bed. This is something I have wanted to do for a while.

This is a raised bed, well dug with manure, compost, rock-dust and thickly mulched. The asparagus plants will take 2 years to produce a crop.

But they are now in and look very fine.

The rest of the garden flourishes – wonderful tomatoes, cucumbers and gherkins leaping up the Cucumber Cathedral …


beans, beans, beans (see Kirsten’s latest Milkwood Blog ) – 55.8kg so far

So here’s a quite view-through the rest of the OMG :

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and our usual summary picture of the OMG at the end of Week 24 :


and finally – just because it looks so pretty – Roses’ basket of salads picked in the morning dew…




Filed under Garden Diary, Growing, Harvesting, Planting, Stephen Couling

10 responses to “Week 24 in the OMG

  1. Nam-Ha Quach

    As always, LOVE IT!

  2. Once you eat super-fresh home grown asparagus you never go back to the shop to buy it! One of the first things I planted in my garden was asparagus because I was lucky enough to have it in two previous residences. Those two years will be worth the wait! If you planted the purple one it doesn’t stay purple when cooked unfortunately.

    As always it’s great to watch the progression of this project. 🙂

  3. david mattinson

    Have you thought of trying the BD prep Horn Silica (501). Its best use is for warm days where its overcast, to bring in light for the leaves to photosynthesise. My understanding is that the roots are working in the warm soil bringing in nutrients but the capillary action isnt working because of the lack of sun, this creates conditions for excess nutrients in the plant and fungus and disease can follow. Although you want to make sure the sun isnt coming out for a while otherwise you may burn the plants, especially mid summer. A very powerful preparation.

    • Haven’t done much BD but I am interested – just need to put aside some time to look into it. We have a friend who is very BD – must get over to see her soon. Thanks for the suggestion David.

      • BD preps are great but as David says 501 is a powerful preparation. It also has a ripening effect so bear that in mind if your fruits aren’t quite ready. I’d certainly be considering BD508 Equisetum when it comes to fungal prevention as well. 😉

  4. David Armstrong

    A fantastic story and I hope you keep it up to the end of the season. Was curious about the purpose of the netting over the cucmber cathedral

    • Hi David – thanks for the good wishes !
      The netting over the Cucumber Cathedral is/was to support the cucumbers as they grew up over the structure with the hope that the fruit would then hang down and be easy to pluck. Alas, the hail storm has ‘done them in’ and I doubt if we shall see them over the frame and hanging from the netting….

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