I hope you all got as much rain as we did last night. Lovely soaking rain that fell steadily for hours. I haven't checked the water tank but I'm hoping for at least half.
Two of our three artichoke plants are heading up - lovely. The third plant is a little squished (between the other two) and didn't recover so well from the aphid devastation - I guess it won't flower this year.
We went up to the bamboo man on the Sunshine Coast - on Kenilworth rd at Bellis Park http://www.bamboo-oz.com.au/ - and bought two clumping bamboo plants. Excellent. Both have edible shoots and medium culms about 2-3 m long. They'll make nice garden poles/ stakes and I do think they look beautiful.
I've bought corn seedlings and will plant my three sisters guild tomorrow. I think I'll just interplant amongst the existing broad beans for the moment because we're still getting beans. All my tomatoes are going off - getting some every day now. I've also found some very good rhubarb seedlings to plant - the stems are very red, all the way up, even the leaf ribs are red. It's always tempting to plant the ones that aren't so red as well, but they don't get any redder and you can only really use the bottom red bit if you want good rhubarb flavour, so it doesn't work out. I'll have to force myself to sacrifice seedlings. It seems so brutal. I should probably have planted a month or so ago as rhubarb doesn't love the heat, but I didn't spot any lovely red ones until now.
I think I'll plant a few different types of basil again. Maybe do some pesto experimentation. Lemon basil is sounding tempting. I don't think peppermint basil would be any good...
I planted jerusalem artichokes and yacon. Yay for tubers. Thanks green harvest mail order - your catalogue and getting something in the mail is better than Christmas!
My turmeric and galangal all disappeared underground in mid-Winter, I'm expecting them to pop up again soon-ish. I didn't bandicoot any rhizomes this first year (although sorely tempted) because I'm wanting the plants to establish well first. Our next banana bunch will come down this weekend too - the other one is eaten all up. Pawpaws still steady - usually about two a week from one tree.
I was finally sensible and planted bean seeds into handfuls of soil in the vegie garden and sure enough now we have happy bean plants. I've also FINALLY bought some dolomite to sprinkle around (I find that no dig gardens often need a dolomite sprinkle for magnesium from the outset and this one has never had one - shame!). Also I had a closer look at my parsley and it's thrips not white fly (I'm not good at bending - gardener's back). I have cylindrical beetroot ready to harvest - but I'm disconcerted by them because it's hard to tell when they are ready. It's not like I have to pack them anywhere to save space - we keep bread in our vegie crispers. Our last cauliflower ( or maybe one or two small ones more) will come out tomorrow, and the last two parsnip (which will be monstrous by now - hopefully not stringy). Chinese greens, salad greens, broad beans, celery, brussel sprouts, silverbeet, parsley, tomatoes, spring onions, leeks, spinach and the odd carrot/ beetroot/ turnip/ cauliflower is our current fare. I pulled the broccoli but let one go to seed. I've let a turnip go to seed too. I'll put a photo of it's seed head up, it's the most impressive flower structure I've seen in ages - giant and symmetrical like a space station.
I finally got around to taking a photo of our ridiculous eggs.
Note the interloper at top, second from right - a store bought egg for comparison. Observe that our silly eggs don't actually fit in the holder - some of them fall through. Everything we make with them comes out electric yellow like we've been adding food colouring - weird. Maybe it's a pekin bantam thing? In any case it's a new chook phenomenon for me. Maybe it's the grain mix I'm buying for them. When I kept chickens before I used to make their grain mix myself so it would have no additives, whereas now I buy a ready made mix (maybe the mix is just better? I buy the non-organic one when the organic is sold out, so maybe it's worse..?).
Anyway, electric yellow and tiny they may be, but they taste fantastic!! :)