Start of my Winter Preparations

Its hard to believe that I am thinking winter already! The days are still very hot but this evening I did feel the slightest of chills in the air. Its actually quite refreshing and I am looking forward to the change of season.

On Sunday I wanted to get stuck into the garden and get a few beds ready for winter crops

So these unproductive marrow plants that were full of powdery mildew…

Became this sweet potato bed from the slips I had been growing on my kitchen counter

And this empty bed that use to have butternut squash

is now nicely composted and waiting for its new tenants. Not sure what to put here yet. I have planted a few rocket seeds in the holes of the blocks. Carrots and peas maybe? Salad greens? Garlic?

And this ugly, also unproductive strawberry bed…

is also ready for winter. I’m thinking cabbage, broccoli and collard greens

By removing the strawberry plants I think I might have found the source of my snail problem. Almost a cup of snails were found lurking beneath all those leaves. Needless to say my chickens had a feast!

 Meanwhile I still have a lot of summer crops still left growing around the garden

 Mielies (maize)



 Brinjals (aubergine/eggplant)

 Butternut squash

I managed to harvest 5 butternuts (over 7kgs!) and still have at least 15 left that will be ready in the next few weeks. My most successful vegetable ever!

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  1. Looks excellent Crystal. You were certainly more rewarded with your butternut – I only managed to harvest one solitary specimen.

    If you're wanting to plant garlic, do so with a dash of speed – garlic should be planted in January, for harvest in December 🙂

  2. Thanks Dani. I should have taken a picture of the office garden, it is completely overrun by butternut vines.
    Thanks for the garlic tip. I was thinking maybe giant garlic this year so I have till April to get it into the ground. Luckily here is Durban we have a year long growing season.

  3. Okay. Your butternut's are awesome! I am growing Waltham's this year for the first time. I LOVE the photos a couple of posts down that show the vines taking over. I know your season is winding down as mine is winding up so make sure to give me some squash pointers!!

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