I'm sorry I've been absent from blogging with any regularity lately. My husband was ill for a while and then holidays happened and as usual it all got away from me. Luckily, the rain has been kind and my garden is not looking to bad. Though, my garden still doesn't grow much in the way of veg over summer.
Here is what I harvested today - these carrots are way overdue for harvest and were planted back in July so I don't really count them as a "summer" harvest. Nor these spring onion bulbs - the big ones have been in over 1 year while the smaller ones about 8 months - again, not a summer harvest but a me being lazy and not getting round to clearing out the beds harvest. :) Good news is that I've managed to clean out 2 garden beds so that's a bonus!
I am harvesting eggplants and silverbeet as well and suprisingly, tomatoes. I always have a lot of trouble growing tomatoes over summer - even the cherry types have issues. I bought 5 seeds for $4.75!!! of the sungold from Mr fothergills and had 2 plants in and I must admit they are worth the money. Only tomato producing in my garden right now and very sweet.
As usual, the fruit is fantastic at this time of year. So many dragon fruit, I've been putting them on the road with a "free" sign. This box was 3/4 full when I put it out and had some taken before I thought I should take a photo. Some lovely person even left me a jar of strawberry jam to say thankyou.
The mangoes and lychees have been just as prolific
I also have an abundance of figs and macadamia for such little trees
All those magoes, I've processed into dried and bottled magoes and also frozen some so we can enjoy mango all year.
Now, for years, I have wanted a shelving unit to display all my preserves but it was one of those things that I had put off. My workmates wanted to do something nice for me (I;ve had a pretty tough last couple of months) and they knew I was a mad gardener so they made this garden bench for me.
I took one look at it and saw the potential. It was exactly what I wanted and I also wanted to cherish my gift. The first step was giving it a rough sand down and I added an extra shelf and decorative brackets. I then used Chalk paint and wax to make it beautiful.
Lastly, was to make the curtains to go round and then add all my beautiful preserves. The underneath shelving holds my dehydrator, canning unit, spare bottles and some appliances that I previously stored in my hallway cupboard. The preserves were also in that cupboard. So once I moved everything out, the next job was to clean out my closet and I now have a whole 1.5 m shelf empty!! Lol!
I absolutely adore it and think it looks amazing. The guys who made if for me could not believe how it turned out. Well that's about it from me guys. I'm looking forward to Dianne's garden visit at the end of january so hopefully I can make it and get to see everyone.
Happy gardening guys.
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