Hi everyone - well this is just going to be a quick one from me this week. I finally decided that my wicking bed tomatoes, that had been producing faithfully since about March, needed to go. The rest of the bed was empty as the tomatoes had been allowed to ramble and while still very productive, I needed the space. Unfortunately, when I pulled them up, I saw a nasty case of root knot nematode - the first case in my wicking beds. This makes sense for this bed as I did use some of my garden soil. I decided to go ahead and try a green manure crop (Mr Fothergills mix) and marigolds. All the seeds are watered in and I've marked them down for a mid December turnover, ready to be planted in January - just in time for a nice brassicae crop.
The rest of this will be a day by day harvest guide and what I'm doing with it. So Thursday afternoons trip to the garden yielded beetroot, peas, beans, corn, a couple of carrots and lettuces. The lettuces went into the crisper for use in salads this week - I do a lettuce harvest 2-3 times per week as I'm too lazy/busy to go down there every morning and I like it when my lettuces have been chilled so they crisp up. That night, we had roast chicken for dinner with roasted carrots, beetroot & Potato and steamed corn, beans and peas.
Friday yielded a nice little fruit harvest. One of the random peaches that bloomed early in the hot spell in winter plus mulberries and strawberries. Now I might, just might, have eaten a few before I got the camera out to take the photo :) My kids saw the harvest and wanted to hoe in but so that we all got a nice taste, I decided to turn it into a smoothie. Just berries, milk, ice, sugar and vanilla. I don't even remove stems - quick, tasty and super healthy and the kids love it.
On a Saturday, I like to get out there nice and early and do a big harvest of tomatoes as they take me forever to pick , fill up the wicking beds at the same time and do any planting/maintenance work. What is it about the weekend that I LOVE getting up at 5.30 am but on a workday, I groan when my alarm goes off at 6 am?? So I was out there until about 10 am and planted carrots, beetroot, spring onions, celery, capsicums and eggplants, removed all my compost into a large container so I could get the next lot started (those chooks turn a heap over ultra fast), pulled out previously mentioned tomatoes, dug up that bed and added green manure seeds and marigolds, and did a general weed/harvest/watering/clean the chook pen. This doesn't sound like it could take nearly 5 hrs but it did :) About 2 kgs of cherry toms here. Saturday nights dinner was sheppards pie using tomatoes, celery, spinach, zucchini and carrots from the garden and on Sunday night, I went back to the garden and got some carrots and spinach and with zucchinis, tomatoes and eggs from our chookies, made Quiche for dinner. The other Zucchinis from this weeks harvests, I turned into chocolate zucchini cake which my kids LOVE. (sorry no pictures)
Last thing (I know I said this would be a quick one, but I just can't help myself), my hippeastrums have finally stopped sulking and are gracing me with their gorgeous display. Sorry, it's a night time photo, but the whole path is lined in these beautiful blooms.
Well that's it from me for another two weeks. Enjoy your gardening time while it's still cool enough to do so and lets hope that some decent rain comes out of these predicted storms. So far, we've had nothing and "I'm not happy Jan" :(
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