Saturday, 12 June 2010

After my week off... the garden is fine.

I have had a lost week... sitting around doing very little but recovering from a cold and cough.  Just as well the weather was kind to the garden.   This morning I've been out to see what has happened and apparently I was surplus to requirements this week.  The weeds are healthy though,  and I've been out pulling sour sobs, stinging nettles and winter grasses.  Meanwhile the vegetables have been growing well too...  looking from the house down across several garden beds...
... the shadow is minimal compared with what we used to have...  the huge kurrajong that we cut down (and I am still disposing of) used to shade this area all winter!

The broad beans are doing well,  and while they won't produce beans until the spring,  the leafy tips are good for stir-frys and they are not far off...
We are eating broccoli daily...
...leeks with flowering stocks behind them... and broccoli,  of course....

The fennel is nearly ready.  There are quite a few and I'll thin them (and eat the results) soon.
More garden landscape... with rhubarb and herbs in front, ubiquitous broccoli behind and an assortment of leafy greens beside them...
The first calendula flower....
... it doesn't have the dark centre that is my favourite kind,  but welcome nevertheless.

Here are the blood lily leaves that I showed some time ago.  The are now about two feet long and still growing...
... and still collecting water.  The leaves are from the nearby peach tree.


Here are the next group of broad beans in four rows... there are plenty of stinging nettles here too...  more weeding needed...

These (below) are chicory... not the ones that produce roots that can become a coffee substitute,  but the ones that are a kind of endive.  they turn red in the colder weather and eventually produce "chicons"  like a kind of witlof or endive that can be eaten fresh or cooked.   The leaves are slightly bitter (like mesclun) but become sweet after a frost.  These few were originally in a styrofoam container...  I dropped the whole seed packet into some soil,  as it was a bit old, the seed, that is.  They all came up apparently!  Eventually I transplanted the last of them here....
... they looked the worse for wear as they had been too long in the container,  but they all appear to be growing.  The first ones that I transplanted are among the other vegetables,  and are forming "heads" but I think that these will probably do well also.

And from the other end of the garden...  in the front,  coriander...  then an assortment of other vegetables including lettuce, onions, carrots, peas, leeks, and the ubiquitous broccoli.

Tonight we have rooster soup made with one of the roosters in the freezer and garden vegetables;  and some home made bread rolls  using some of the dough before I form the proper loaves.

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