One thing the mini vegetables are used for is to cook in a potjie. This is a cast iron three legged pot and it is cooked for a long time over a fire - or in reality just a few coals mounded around and some laid on the lid. My brother cooked a marvelous chicken potjie, flavored with ginger, scallions, lemongrass and coconut milk. Once the chicken was almost cooked a layer of mini vegetables were laid on top. Yummy!
So just when I was thinking I wouldn't be planting any more seeds since the wet season is coming and I want to grow plants true to my climate...... another package arrives from MrFothergills
Now do I plant these seeds while they are still fresh and take a chance on the wet season with its mildew, bugs and incessant rain arriving late? One option is to assume that I might have to harvest early - before everything reaches full size - yup short season mini veg. None of these seeds in this package are suitable for this other than the chili peppers, so will keep the remaining seeds for spring planting, but I am looking through my seeds to find some other quick growing veggies I can plant now. When I returned from my holiday and realized I am planting everything too far apart I also thought that growing and harvesting quickly, before everything gets to full size is a great idea in this climate. Get them before the bugs can! I am going to try zuchini again - the last lot melted into a rotting mess, but I think I am willing to give them another go. My gem squash plants are already looking good. I do have the lebanese eggplant, and they are great when picked small, although that bush seems to be undergoing some sort of stress at the moment - I am hoping I am not going to lose it. Does anyone else grow mini vegetables?