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2018 June garden and winter keeps coming and going.

25 degrees today People! This is not winter weather, today was glorious.  Sure, there was a little bit of a nip in the air but you couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day.  

I went outside and did my big weekly harvest.  I always do a midweek small harvest but collect a lot on the weekend (I had today off so it was my "weekend" :).  Currently have a big pot of tomato sauce in the thermomix cooking up for the week.  It manages to use up all the little capsicums, a good chunk of the tomatoes (even though this is the "big harvest", I get about this again mid week for the toms so I need to use them) and a lot of the trombonccino's.  If I had eggplants, they would be going in there as well.  A good splash of olive oil, wine and some carrots and onions, I have a delicious sauce to put on anything -> I'm even tempted to turn it into tomato soup one day. 

The very productive cherry tomato's.  FYI my big tomato's are still going good - none ripening yet. 

My first harvest of beans which is great and FINALLY have some peas doing really well and have their first pea on it. 

The vegie patch is looking great at the moment.  All the beds are at least 1/2 full and most on the verge of full production.  Here is the new tomato bed (first flowers starting) and the pea/bean/beetroot/lettuce/carrot bed

I finally have a head of broccoli and here's the proof.  

My Choy sum is going good.  I don't have it under a net but it does not seem to be suffering from the cabbage moth caterpillars like the other brassica's would be without their nets.  Has anyone else grown it and found this?  The leaves look a lot different to broccoli and cabbages as well so who knows.  It might be more mustard than brassica and maybe they don't like it.  Depending on the harvests and tastes, I might try to grow through late spring.

I now have about 6 plants with strawberry flowers and green strawberries.  These ones were spares that I chucked in with the blueberry pots and are going great.  These are redlands joy. 

Well that's it from me folks.  Happy gardening.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on June 18, 2018 at 11:24

Terrific work.  

Comment by Christa on June 15, 2018 at 19:16
That Choy Sum looks interesting, Susan, especially if it is
pest resistant. You are using your thermomix, that is good. Keep up the good work, your efforts will reward you.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 15, 2018 at 19:15

Great energy Susan - great garden :-)

Comment by Dave Riley on June 15, 2018 at 17:23

Always inspiring!

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