Winter in the garden

Despite the cold and windy weather some parts of the garden are thriving including thistles and oxalis (or sour sob – impossible to get rid of – the act of pulling them actually promotes their bulb growth). I’ve posted some photos of  feature plants like the blood lilly leaves, red devil featured above, bird’s nest fern, cycad and vegetable garden shots.  There’s only 1 little purple cabbage left until the next crop grows, wish I had planted a few more, so yummy, romanesco broccoli is on the menu tonight and there’s plenty of greens for salads or cooked greens, a few beetroots, lots of herbs and that’s it for eating from the garden.The potatoes are gone, having to buy spuds again (drats) but there’s still a few shallots, going to seed garlic, pumpkins and frozen goods (tomatoes & grated zucchini)! The latest celery plants are looking OK, this weekend we’ll place 1Lt milk cartons over them to protect them and help to be crisp and tender.

The kumquat is finally starting to grow over the trellis top but the lemon and grapefruit seem frozen in time (planted at the same time), hopefully they’re growing underground and will put on new top growth when the weather warms up a bit. Lemons and limes are in abundance, what a cool problem to have, I’ll make a few more jars of preserved lime/lemons – so versatile and add a spark to most dishes – give some away and make some juice ice blocks.

Pasta man rejuvenated the worm farm (by adding some air vents – drainage tubes – and layers of nice fresh mulch) = happy worms and we’ve decided to rest 2 vacant garden beds for replanting in a month or two, it’s just too cold to plant right now. The other night we watched an old DVD on permaculture, it was interesting to see how our gardening practices have evolved over the years, I like the idea of permaculture and tried to live that way for a few years, it was fun having chooks, pigs, fish, an orchard and large vegetable garden, but now we are on a suburban block and our only animals are worms, insects and the odd amphibian and that is enough for us! Sometimes I’m tempted to have a few chickens again (what a delight to eat fresh eggs) but our next door neighbours produce the most beautiful organic eggs and I just pop over and buy some, how easy is that? Until next time…..

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