With the amazing season of rain we've had (plus several weeks of full time work) I've been finding it hard to keep up outside. The growth is rampant! My tanks are full and I've had little call to use them.
This shot is of the backyard looking towards the 5000 litres tank which is now obscured by the bananas, and the 'netted garden'. Note: taro (currently getting a bad reputation on BLF!)and crazy sweet potatoes which need another hack back because they have taken over the path which is supposed to be in the middle! Lime tree (plus lemon and tangelo are to the left). The trees are become quite heavy with fruit again - see tangelo below. I am not sure if I should be thinning fruit on these trees. So much is setting due to the increased activity of pollinators in my yard.
The front yard is similarly lush and unkempt with my flower garden full of rambling salvias, daylillies, geraniums and agapanthus plus the occasional eggplant , shishito pepper, rosella and lots of brazilian spinach. There are actually two paths in that border - somewhere! The grass was definitely overdue for a mow when i took these photos but it was still too wet to get out with the mower! I came home from work a couple of days later and my son had tidied things up for me so that was nice.
I don't think I had made the garden bed under the frangipani tree when I had my garden visit last year. It produced huge quantities of greens last winter as it got the lovely winter sun while the back yard was shrouded in shade. Now it has become overgrown with sweet potatoes, comfrey and pumpkin vine which I am about to start cooking with after watching some awesome youtube videos about traditional cooking in villages in India.
I recently harvested some delicious sweet potato tubers from one of those plants. I don't think there will be many tubers though as I have let them ramble too much and I think they will be heavy on leaves rather than roots.
On the other side of the front yard are my beehives which have been coming along nicely after a split, a couple of swarms and a season of queenlessness for one of them. The hive on the left is almost full of honey and I hope to harvest around Easter.
Heading back into the backyard is much my loved ginger which is continuing to thicken with tubers. I love brushing past the leaves as they release that heady ginger perfume. I am really hoping to harvest a year's supply from the four styrofoam boxes they are growing
I have been planting lots of seeds of brassicas for the cooler months ahead. The seedlings are still small here and are planted in the netted garden to protect them from white cabbage moth. In case anyone's curious, the milk jug was an attempt to slowly water into the bed and I think it worked somewhat for a season. The plastic is somewhat perished by the UV and will be removed really soon.
Lastly I am very excited about my rattlesnake beans which have shot out of the ground. It's my first time to grow them and they sound like a fabulously versatile bean - very tasty fresh but they make a great dried bean as well with a flavour similar to pintos, a family favourite.
In the kitchen, I have't been baking due to an oven that needs repair but I have been making copious quantities of both water kefir and kombucha. Everyone here has a different favourite! I have been making lovely filmjolk yoghurt as well and enjoying on cereal and in smoothies. The kitchen counters always have something 'growing' on them!
I'll just finish this post with a picture of a gorgeous frame of honey which I removed from one of the hives to give a bit more room in the brood box for the queen to lay. It is ridiculously delicious!
Cheers to all and happy gardening!
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