This month was definitely the best month yet! Lots of firsts. I’ve started keeping a harvesting inventory. This month we harvested:
Not all success though. This month I officially killed Elaine’s garlic. It was in too shallow a pot and in too much shade so never multiplied its bulbs. By the time I worked it out to transplant, they did not survive the shock RIP. I do have 1 store bought garlic clove that seems still some what alive, though took ages to shoot yet exposed to the same conditions so we will see.
Gave Mum a growing lettuce for her birthday with some roses from the garden :)
Tomato Hall of Fame. And there are still plenty left! This was my first success at growing a non-cherry sized tomato (above). It was a Black Russian. Oh my, the taste. Forgotten what real tomato tastes like. So soft and splodgy to touch, no way this delicacy would make it to the Woolies shelves. And I’m all the better for it!
The thing about blogs though is that as the writer you can choose only the best bits to include. Like this Black Russian tomato below. On the left that looks yum! But turn the fruit around 180 degrees and it is all white! What is this? A bug or sunburn? I cut it in half and ate it all the same…
I harvested one of my SP grow bags (converted horse feed bag) and had 7kg of Hawaiian Gold in it! The biggest tuber was 2.5kg!! Would you believe this originated from an Epicurious cutting... When I trimmed out the vine, I found that that 5/6ths of the sweet potato vine on the trellis was from this bag and the other two bags had very little growth. My memory is hazy, but I think it was cheap potting mix with some cheap store bought compost added as the growing medium. I was careful not to fertilise (nitrogen = lots of leaves and not enough tubers). Success. I didn't know that you are meant to let them cure after harvest to get them sweeter so ate them that night, boiled to mash.
My first viola “Sorbet” flowered from seed. Poor thing got eaten by a possum that night…
My first proper homegrown zucchini! Been cutting them young as lots of powdery mildew but do cut off affected leaves and try to keep air circulating.
I had two separate “big” broadbean harvests. Made Broadbean, mint and chives creamy pasta. Yum.
Borage flowers! So pretty and tasty.
This is the recycled materials wicking section, doing great! The mizuna bolted and had to come out though. This is netting though.
First sign of passionfruit! My luck, it’s hanging on the verge, footpath side. True to legend, when you start gardening on the verge, you start meeting all sorts of people. On the weekend a priest came over and introduced himself as a family friend of the elderly couple who live across the road – they have been living there since the 1950s!
Hurrah! Madagascar success! Such pretty little things! Was such a magical moment I thought of doing a Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter reference) and making earrings out of them. A bit hippy but I would never take them out!
You may be wondering how that avo ended up going? Well Pleased to say that the combination of a new wicking pot, BD tree paste, seasol, Garden Mate, and whatever over love I could shower it has resulted in lovely new healthy regrowth. Cutting off the flower buds also helped I think. Turns out it might be a Shepard.
This is the Choko vine from one of James’s magical choko. Can you see that small fruit forming near the left top corner? There are a few other fruits forming and lots of flowers. I’ve even got a second choko sprouting on the kitchen table to cover a western facing wall, fingers crossed.
In that pic above, the yellow flowers are the edible chrysanthemum shungiku – so pretty! Some flowers are full yellow, others are egg yolks. The leaves kinda taste like carrot-parsley lettuce. As you can see, all the mizuna has bolted :( Will try to save the seed.
And this was dinner last night:
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