Our greenhouse vegetables are growing beautifully.  We’ve already harvested and eaten the radishes, which were delicious.  The lettuce, carrots and beetroot are developing well, and it won’t be long before we begin to harvest these too.  Lettuce and root vegetables are pretty straight forward – plant the seeds, water, and wait.

However, the cucumber plant now has flowers, and we need to keep the greenhouse closed up to maintain the warm temperature.  I realise that later on today, I will need to do research on how to pollinate the flowers on our remaining plants  so that we can produce cucumbers, beans, chillies, capsicums and tomatoes.   Hopefully this will be easy, but I have no idea how to do it. Luckily I have a stock of garden books, and I’m sure I’ll find the information I need somewhere. If not, there is always Google!

I welcome any tips, if you have them. If not, I’ll tell you what I found out from my research.  The proof of success will ultimately be the number of vegetables we end up with, as the kangaroos and birds are unable to get into the greenhouse.  As you can see from the photographs, the vegetables all look healthy and unaffected by pests.

Lettuce
We planted a combination of lettuce including baby cos, crisp mint, and oak leaf lettuce.
Beans
Stringless Blue Lake beans are going to be delicious – I know because I’ve sampled some grown in another garden.
Cucumber
We planted Diggers Club Spacemaster cucumbers. They seem to be doing really well. I’ve never grown cucumber before, so I can’t wait to harvest some home-grown ones. However, I need to work out how to pollinate the flowers first!.
Carrots
We planted Diggers Heirloom mixed carrot seeds. It looks almost time to thin them out.
Herbs
The Digger’s Club confetti coriander and (in front) Italian Parsley are coming along well too.
Raised garden beds
I love our raised garden beds. It is easy to plant and harvest, while caring for my back.