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Ooh how exciting - we have our first dear little potkin. I think it's a Red Leicester. I think it came from Green Harvest (via my friend Jen). Unfortunately it's not going to be any good for seed saving as I have about 5 varieties all flowering in the garden at the same time. Sorry.


I'm very pleased with this variety though as there are lots coming and it's a very good size for adding to family meals without having to base the whole meal around. It looks like it might be a perfect garden variety - as opposed to a mass production variety. Plus how cute is it!?

Our harvest is pretty nice again too; hooray for the cooler weather.


In this photo is the first lot of Blue Java bananas, a paw paw (we're back to one or more a day), lots of parsley and rocket (all you can eat every day), basil, eggplant (showing signs of the cold), mild peppers, beefheart tomatoes (still producing steadily at about four a week from four plants), broccoli (the side spears, the plants produce about three of these per day on average) and a carrot (this one isn't bad - I waited longer!). I didn't pick any spring onions because I get them fresh when we want them. It's the same with the herbs and rocket usually, but I wanted these out of the way of the peas, and some basil's going into our dinner.

We ate the very last parsnip from last winter last week - which is pretty amazing I think. So I totally love parsnip. I'm a very big fan of that.

We have some lovely lettuce getting big - but there are grasshoppers in the garden. I caught some and squished them and threw them back onto the garden this evening - bug juice, the short cut version. It's sort of gruesome; welcome to the food chain little green guys. I also spotted a lady bird chrysalis on the underside of an eggplant leaf. It's like something from outer space.

I bagged up lots more tomatoes, although the fruit fly have stopped stinging them now. Instead something is eating little holes in the medium sized green ones - grasshoppers maybe? The leaves have come good since I put the dolomite on. Hooray. There are only occasional foliar black spots now.

The bush beans and peas are getting bigger, preparing to flower. The bok choy is getting big, the carrots are establishing, the celery is taking off (I thought it was parsnip! I didn't look close enough. So those seedlings I planted did survive the chickens). The coriander is pressing on, strawberries are filling out in my vertical planter and the spinach is doing well despite the grasshoppers. I'm not sure if swedes, parsnip and turnip have germinated. I haven't spotted any dill yet either. The broad beans are up - but not many, I will have to plant more. The beetroot is coming on OK, I think it will produce. Sometimes it doesn't actually produce a proper root, just leaves. Genetics perhaps? (It is the same plant as silverbeet).

I've not managed to buy artichoke seedlings or silverbeet! Crazy. I'll keep looking. I planted another punnet of beetroot last week. I don't tend to use seeds for beetroot or silverbeet (unless I'm growing my own seedlings which I haven't done for years now) - multiple seeds germinate out of that corky shell thing and by the time I thin them in situ they are just as unhappy as seedlings I plant out - so I tend not to bother.

I need to plant potatoes but our family keeps getting head colds and I haven't been out in the garden much. It's very frustrating!

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Comment by Donna on May 30, 2009 at 14:08
They also seem to ripen quicker - I am still waiting for my pumpkins to ripen and they were big before yours were even a sparkle in the eye!
That's it, next year I will be RUTHLESS with all freebies and try to stick to my snobby heirlooms that are actually supposed to be better suited to my garden size and climate - hence why I bought them in the first place! I have been good at pulling up all the tomato seedlings from the compost so hopefully really am learning!
Comment by Scarlett on May 18, 2009 at 20:08
Jen says it's probably not a red leicester, she said it could be one of two other names and I forget what they are, and she says she got the seeds from Diggers not Green Harvest :)

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