An exciting day today - we harvested the first bunch of lady finger bananas. Two more bunches coming. The blue faced honey eater came and shouted at me and fluffed all his hair up in disgust when I was cutting one of the flower bells off. Funny critter - sorry little buddy! I left one for him - felt too mean. Found two ripe passionfruits and a small ripe pawpaw.
The Blue Java and Dwarf Ducasse bananas haven't flowered yet - they are in harsher spots. Down the side with washing machine grey-water is obviously ideal. The old sucker that we cut down was enormous! Have chopped it up, put the stem in the banana pawpaw circle pit to rot and used the chopped banana leaves as mulch.
Our broad beans are now flowering, as are the Tommy Toe tomatoes. The brussel sprouts are getting bigger and I can't see the cauliflower tips anymore - hopefully they're curding up in there. Have eaten the last turnip (hide the turnip slow food) and almost had the last beetroot. No mature pak choy or bok choy left. I'm not very diligent with succession planting, so we'll have to wait about a month for all of these again. Doesn't matter - heaps of carrot, parsnip, celery, silverbeet, broccoli, best-ever salad mix - hopefully the other brassicas will kick in while the little seedlings grow up. The chooks gave them a few beatings. Too soft hearted again, and can't bear to fence the big garden (aesthetics). After some urging was tempted to feel around for potatoes but resisted. The bandicoots can wait - we have lovely food connect spuds to keep us going.
Must do something about having proper beans and peas - it's a disgrace. Soil too composty - need a good spot for them, will have to give this challenge some attention. Not used to having legume trouble.
Our strawberries are very slow - have only eaten two so far, and these from an old plant in a neglected styrofoam box, not from the new plants I bought for this season. Too much parsley. Not enough chives. Rocket coming out our ears (yum :) . Garlic looking good. Will probably run short on spring onions again soon. I don't think any of my spanish onions made it (heat stress - planted too early in March).
The mulberry tree is green again and the self-pollinating pecan has dropped all its leaves. The lychee looks very happy with lots of new growth. I cut the turmeric and galangal back today 'cos they'd gone completely yellow.
I transplanted some leeks into the vegie garden that had self-seeded elsewhere in the yard (thankyou Eden Seeds). Amazing how they cope with massive mis-treatment. They are quite a favourite. The artichokes are coming back well (fingers crossed they don't get struck down again after this rain) but I'm pretty sure we won't get any this spring, we'll have to wait another year now - darn aphids :(
Am getting organised to send a postal order to Green Harvest. Lots of good things I haven't got yet in their latest catalogue. For example jersualem artichokes - yum!
We ate the first flush of mushrooms from our box and now heaps more are coming up. They are incredibly delicious!