Today's weekly harvest from the garden. After being away for a week, I was champing at the bit to get back into my garden. Watering needed to be done and I needed to do some general maintenance tasks and pick stuff. This is by no means everything we eat from the garden in a week, usually I'll run out and grab a zucchini, spinach or celery stick as needed but I find that once a week, I really need to do the stuff that takes a bit of time - ie harvesting beans can be quite time consuming. The wicking beds work really well for that as I am a firm believer in multi-tasking - I can be watering and harvesting at the same time :) We are not buying anything from the brassica family at all! I have cauliflowers (about 1 every 2-3 weeks), broccoli (weekly) and cabbage (monthly).
More eggplant than you can imagine - this is all from 1 listada de gandia plant (the four in the harvest photo were cut off BEFORE this photo was taken). Can't recommend this variety enough! It is so pretty and vigorous. After listening to Sabrina Hann on Perth talkback who said that if you have a good eggplant, you can leave it in the ground for up to 3 years, mine is staying put. It has taken me YEARS to find an eggplant that I like. Not only that, but I have started experimenting with some eggplant recipes and have found that eggplant baked with lemon juice is DIVINE!
Speaking of lemons, while I was on holidays in the country, my brother has all these wild bush lemons coming up all over his cattle property - he usually slashes over them with his tractor and just keeps one or two closer to the house. I used to eat them all the time as a kid - they are slightly sweeter than a lemon and are just beautiful. I conned him into digging me up one. Don't know how it will go though - it had a MASSIVE tap root that we had to cut off but it was the smallest one I could find amongst the waist high grass he had growing. I have planted it in my *extended* backyard :)
I've now harvested four beautiful strawberries from my Daley's strawberries and they are delicious. I have 2 varieties - Redlands joy and Sugarbaby. Some plants are doing better than others but hopefully the slow ones will catch up. In total, I have 17 plants (I lost 3).
I have raspberries???? What the? About 2 years ago, I planted williamette and heritage raspberries and a young berry down the side garden. After the first year, never got fruit off them again so pulled just about everything out and left what I thought was only the young berry because it occasionally got fruit. Low and behold, I saw these today. Obviously I missed one and it has decided to fruit. I'm going to assume it is a williamette as they are definitely growing from the side shoots of an old and crusty cane - floricanes - but from what I've read, it is NOT the season for them. They seem to like their position so I'm going to keep them there - get rid of the young berry and hope for the best :) There are about 4 clusters this size off one cane.
All I am buying from the shops at the moment for a family of 5 are mandarins, apples, oranges, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, mushrooms and the occasional onion. Everything else is from the garden. Fruit wise, we have pawpaws and soon oranges. My bunches of bananas should be due to harvest within the month. I'm getting the Diggers Melon variety pack so come September, I'm going nuts with the melons. Carrots, I've had a real problem getting to germinate. I've just bought a new bunch of seeds (Mr F topweight improved) so hope for some more success soon. Planning a sweet potato bed in my *extended* backyard (next to the escaped pumpkin vine and bush lemon). And the onion/garlic bed with potato onions from Yelweck farms and elephant garlic is looking great, so hopefully won't need to buy the few onions that I can't substitute spring onions for anymore.
We are still eating pumpkin from my pumpkin vine in Feb - I have 1 left in the cupboard and 1/2 one in the fridge. Tomatoes are coming along despite a spider mite problem - I've sprayed with sulfer and hope it will solve the problem. Beans, peas, Brassica's, spinach, spring onion, celery, herbs, lettuces, eggplant, beetroot and zucchini are all fresh.
Lastly, my roses that I planted 6 (?) weeks ago have been confused by all this warm weather. I have my first beautiful rose from my bare rooted roses.
That's it from me guys. I'm having a garden visit in August so am working to have the garden in peak condition (fingers crossed) for everyone to look at. Happy gardening people.
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