Saturday, November 24, 2012

Around the Garden

The garden is looking somewhat tired at the moment. We have had a very dry Spring and after a wet, mild winter when a lot of strong growth happened, the plants are beginning to suffer.

Aesthetically it doesn't help that the winter bulbs have died off leaving their old leaves and stalks. I'll need to get on and cover the beds with mulch.

The vegetable garden has been thriving in the warm weather, although a lot of the earlier crop has gone to seed very quickly. So far this season we have picked broad beans, spinach, kale, lettuces, beetroot, radishes, zucchini, globe artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower and spring onions. 

 Coming on are sweetcorn, beans, cabbages, potatoes, eggplant, tomatoes, carrots, turnips, celery, celeriac, squash, pumpkins,celeriac, cucumbers, capsicum and chillies.


Other plants are also showing their fruitfulness. The pomegranites are flowering prolifically this year for the first time. Hopefully we may see some fruit - the fruit costs about $5 each in the shops at present, so we planted these in the hope that we could one day supply Mark with fruit for his restaurant.

The quince tree has a good crop again. Unfortunately last year we only harvested a handful as the Rosellas beat us to them. This year we are planning a big net to foil the little poachers. Years ago we had apples, plums, and pears, but we gave up as we rarely got a ripe one. The birds however had very full bellies.

We have loquats and figs, though the fig is struggling. And we also have a macadamia flowering. We harvest so many of these, but are yet to find an efficient way of cracking the shell. The chestnut trees are about to flower and we have a small crop of pistachios. Must find out what we do about the raw fruit. I wish our nut trees were as simple as almonds and walnuts!!

Liz Needle

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