It turns out I was completely wrong about the vegetable patch being done for the season – everything is going through what I can only assume is a final burst before the cold weather sets in;
The feral tomato plant (which seems to be the third generation of a tomato I planted years ago to have come back) has probably been the most prolific bearer; not all at once like the big fist-sized Romas, but slow and steady every week. The jalapeno plants have still got more fruit on them and flowers as well, but I’m not sure they’ll amount to too much. The eggplants have slowed, and I’m going to try overwintering them – imagine the head start I’ll get if I’m not raising them from seed or tiny seedlings!
Tiny little habaneros getting ready to change colour
I think these are cayenne peppers – I’m letting them ripen, then I’ll try drying them.
Neat little rows of chillies
Okra and spinach ready for quiches and salads
Late planted capsicums
The feral plant – it sprouted in a corner of this bed at the start of summer and sprawled across the chicken wire. The last plant of this type that grew in the patch was a few beds over and I ended up with one vine that was about ten feet long by the time I pulled it out!
The ridiculous boy, Konrad.
I’ve also got one broody hen, and two that aren’t providing a lot of eggs – so Panda, our Muscovy duck, has stepped up. I’ve had about 8 eggs from her recently, and five from the chickens – with no idea how best to use duck eggs. Can you substitute them in all recipes? Are they better for certain things? I’ve got no idea..
So, we’re not done quite yet! I’ve got to go through my phone pictures to get an idea of how much I’ve been collecting this last Summer, so I can measure it against next years. Soon!