Oh, Hi Spring! I'm always surprised by this time of the year in our part of Temperate Australia. One minute, it's winter, then next minute it's almost Summer. Last week, there was snow not too far away from us - next week, we are heading for over 30 degrees. Yikes! While that will likely be the end of the cauliflower plants in the patch, the summer-loving seedlings will be happy.Read More
Welcome back to my Urban garden! This is my first GSC post since we moved off the farm and back into our city house. It's been, funnily enough, like coming home to get back out into my garden and check out what's lived and died over the last year and a half of having our house rented out. There were some casualties (camellias, lavender and jasmine, along with my potted lemon/lime) but overall, it's not been too bad.Read More
The past month has been a super slow one on the garden front, for a few reasons. We've had alot cooler weather, meaning the zucchinis, tomatoes and other frost sensitive plants have mostly packed up for the winter (well, the tomatoes are still hanging on, but there's nothing to do with them except pick them as you need them!). The eggplants are still producing, as are the capsicums - but to be honest, the mice are getting them before we are, so we've started to pull a wheelbarrow load each day to toss to our pigs (who are loving it, of course!).Read More
We're in the tumbledown days of Autumn, for reals now. The zucchini and tomatoes are crawling, and the early cauliflower (Violet Sicilian, a pretty purple that turns green when cooked) planted a few weeks ago has started to set fruit. There are leaves falling and overnight temps dipping below 10 degrees and the sheep are looking fat with bellies full of lambs. The sunsets are unreal, something about this season, because they were the same last Autumn too.
The late summer and early autumn bounty has been rad. There's some figs to think about preserving in syrup, just one precious jar I think, as well as several dozen bottles of whole tomatoes boiled and waiting. Zucchini, beans, corn and squash are all blanched and frozen. A box of pears for me to poach in some syrup too, and a bag of candy-striped beetroots for pickling, as well as more chillis to pick and turn to chilli jam (my first jar, while delicious, cooled to a toffee-like lump...boiled for too long! How do I resurrect it?).Read More
I really loved January in the garden. Or rather, I really loving this January in the garden. We've had way, way more rain than we normally do at this time of year and the temperatures have been blessedly cooler. While this has meant that we are still waiting on the big glut of tomatoes, beans, rockmelon and watermelon and we've seen a rise in the incidence of mildew on the zucchini and tomatoes, the cooler temps just make it so much nicer to be out in the garden and the lack of more than a couple of over 40 degree days has meant there is very little sunburn damage on anything.Read More