Well, I did it! I have helped my mother do it previously but was always too apprehensive/lazy to try it on my own. But, you see, I've been very busy these holidays and I no longer have an excuse. I have completely gone through my house and decluttered everything. To the extent that I now have an entire 1.5 x .5 m shelf available in my hallway cupboard for my "preserves" that I've always said I was going to make and never got round to it/had space issue etc. Case in point - the peach glut. I was going to make peach jam. They ended up sitting on my bench and rotted. Sooooo Disappointed with myself. So here it is, the making of mango chutney.
This ended up being a bit sweeter than my mum's and I think I overboiled it to get it syrupy enough. I realize now that mum meant that I had to boil the vinegar and sugar mix to thicken it first before I added my fruit so it didn't need to boil as long. Oh well, I know for next time.
Lychee's have been divine. I ate my first one on boxing day - couldn't wait any longer. It was a little bit tart but I don't mind when fruit has a "bit" tartiness to it.
As you can see, they're not a vibrant red yet so we are leaving them on the tree rather than harvesting them all at once. The kids and I just go out and grab a couple of handfuls of the ripest whenever we feel like it and if they're still a little tart - well like I said before - we really don't mind. Well worth the investment of a little extra TLC this year (actually watered them during the dry spell, sprayed them with eco oil to get rid of mites)
The passionfruits have started to ripen and I am really happy with them. I was so disappointed by this vines first showing - fruit was lackluster, almost empty & didn't ripen well (which Lissa suggested was a nutrient/water thing) and half the vine was dead. Well, since all that rain and I fertilized with Neutraorg fertilizer, it has come good. The fruit is really heavy and event though I haven't been patient enough to wait for them to colour up anymore than this, they have still been reasonably sweet.
I ate my first panama berry off the tree today as well. I was so excited, I forgot to take a photo before I did. But rest assured, while tiny, it was absolutely delicious. If any fruit could truly taste like caramel, this is it. My pawpaw still hasn't ripened but is still blemish free. Mangoes are about 1 week away I reckon.
On to the garden beds now. Like Lissa, I had a problem with bugs of some sort completely decimating any seedlings that I tried to plant. I left the bed empty and all after all that rain, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate the bed and replant. Into it has gone my Nitro zucchini seeds and button squash seeds - supposedly mildew resistant. This is the 4th time I've tried to plant marigolds in here - each time, they were decimated. But I gave it another go and SUCCESS. I've also got some spring onions planted around the edges too.
In other beds, I've sowed some easter egg radishes which have come up in 2 days (the straight row of seedlings). My corn is also doing well and I have given the kaalain express broccoli another go (not shown but I'll let you know how it goes)
Still not much coming out of the garden but aren't the eggplants cute!! I sliced them up with some asparagus (from the garden) and mushrooms (storebought) and grilled them on the Barbie tonight - delicious!
And finally, a nice surprise from my very neglected verge garden. I promise I will take better care of it starting in winter this year. I'm going to replant some more beautiful roses and install a watering system so that they don't suffer in big periods of drought.
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