With the weather now much more bearable, it is becoming a real pleasure to get out in the garden and come out of summer hibernation. A holiday in Tasmania in late summer saw us enjoy a few weeks of much cooler weather, but on return, it had obviously rained quite a bit while we were away and the rampant growth everywhere has/is taking a lot of work to get under control again.
The weedy TRAD has grown like Topsy and covers a lot of ground. It will take all of the cooler months to clear and Roger does not look forward to such challenges with any great enthusiasm these days.
Two of the crops that do well in the warmer times come from the same family, i.e. Turmeric and Ginger. This year, I adopted my usual practice of moving the growing sites around so that each place hosts a succession planting, featuring plants from the same family only every three to four years, I grew my anti inflammatory spices in sacks. As the following picture shows they have done well.
Intermingled with some climbing squash I had about seven sacks planted with Ginger. The harvest was good, I will need to freeze most of this, although I do also dry and grind to use the dried ginger powder. I do the same with the Turmeric. I also grate Turmeric and Ginger every morning and infuse my coffee with this as an anti inflammatory measure. I don't know how effective this is, and my readings tell me that Turmeric needs the addition of black pepper to assist the assimilation of the active ingredient (Cucurmin) into the body. I have never added pepper to my coffee, as it just seems strange to do that, but I have recently read two books extolling the virtues of the two spices with loads of accompanying recipes to try.
Also shown here is my plantings of Glen Large? Garlic. I saved the very best of the cloves I grew from last years crop. The two varieties I grew were Glen Large and Italian Red. I don't really know which types were the best, but I just went by size for this years crop. I think Andy was asking for anyone with some Glen Large to plant. Sorry, but I had just planted these out at that time, but if all goes to plan, I may have enough to let you have some next year. The ones I planted had a reddish hue to the skins, while the other type had a very pale almost white hue. These were considerably smaller and have been used in cooking rather than planting.
The next photo shows my Italian Fryer Capsicums. These seem to be quite a hardy grower, and are certainly my best Capsicums grown at Park Ridge. They grow through summer and as long as I cover them up with vege net to keep out the fruit fly they are a welcome addition to my meagre summer food supply from the garden.
The last photo is of my Babaco tree (Champagne tree) which I bought from Daley's on the first trip a couple of years ago. As you can see I have planted it out in a wheelie bin, and it is doing OK. I have let one fruit develop this year and it is getting a reasonable size. I followed the recommended practice of removing all the fruit which formed for the first year so as to not stress the tree too much while still developing as a small tree. As we are gearing up to sell our house and land in the next couple of years, anything I buy now is being put into a pot (or wheelie bin) so that it can come with us.
Well that's all for now. I hope everyone is well and full of the joys of, well, Autumn. So get out in the garden and lets hear what's happening in your neck of the woods soon. Looking forward to Sophie's event where no doubt she will unlock the mystery of why my sourdough is such a challenge to eat!!
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