Welcome to my Triffid garden. Well that is what Kim calls it. She said I should use this side of the garden for some vegetables, but didn’t expect chaos like this!
This is my pumpkin and bean patch. It has gone crazy because I put an entire bag of sheep manure, quarter of a bag of dynamic lifter, and 3 wheelbarrow loads of compost into the bed before I planted it. There are 6 varieties of pumpkin and two types of runner beans in the bed. Golden Nugget, Pensyvania Crookneck, Japanese, Butternut, Australian Butter, and Queensland Blue pumpkins, with Scarlet and Lazy housewife runner beans up the trellis.
They look a bit wilted, but I assure you that they are well watered, and it is just the heat of the midday sun. They get lots of grey water from the washing machine and drip irrigated twice a week.
I have noticed an big lack of female flowers and did some hunting around the net, and found the answer at Stewart’s blog, ‘My Veggie Garden‘, where he explains how to remedy this issue. Simply pinch off the tips of the vine with your fingers, only if it is over two metres long. As soon as I read this, I was out into the triffid patch as quick as a flash looking for each vine and nipping off the tips as some of my vines are up to 4 metres long. This is supposed to promote side shoots that have the female flowers on them. Well here is hoping anyway.
Finally a shot of a very random sunflower that self seeded from the compost. It has little sunflowers growing at every leaf junction that are just about to open. It looks beautiful and is right at home in the triffid garden
Only two months of Summer left, so here is hoping that I get a few pumpkins growing between now and the end of the hot weather.
P.S. Kim’s handy work on the first sunflower. She says that gardening can be romantic as well as practical! Thanks darling for making my garden and I feel loved.