Vegetable gardening newsletter #19


The next couple of nights are getting quite chilly. It is important to cover tomatoes, zucchini and peppers with your floating row cover. You can drape an old sheet or light blanket over your trellis to protect the tomatoes and cucumbers. Keeping your fruiting vegetables covered in cooler weather will help them ripen and keep their flavour.

Look behind leaves of tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini for fruit. They might be hiding. I just discovered a huge patty pan in my own garden

Patty Pan

Make sure you harvest your peppers right away. It will help the other peppers on the plant to ripen, and for new ones to be produced. If you have a tiny pepper on your plant, remove it instead of waiting for it to ripen. This should help encourage further production especially if we can get some more warm weather.

It seems like the slugs are back with a vengeance. If slugs have invaded your garden and handpicking, beer traps or fruit husks just aren’t cutting it anymore it is time for Diatomaceous Earth or Sluggo. Both work very well to kill slugs.

The first option is considered more ‘organic’ as it is literally a powder made out of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae.Make sure you wear a mask when applying it as the particles are very fine and can irritate your lungs. Sluggo is effective as well, but eventually looks very messy in the garden since it gets mushy when wet and can get mouldy. Both are available at any garden centre.

Slugs trapped in a bowl

Some lovely eggplant recipes if you need some inspiration!……

My favourite thing to do with slices of eggplant is popping them on the BBQ brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper

Tereska Gesing

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