Saturday, 16 June 2012

Winter garden, potatoes and broccoli.

It has been a busy couple of weeks and so the blog has been neglected.  However, the garden in kapunda is looking good.
I have a new dog.  She is called Ebony and she came from an animal shelter where she had spent the past month.  She was desexed last Tuesday, and I picked her up, slightly groggy and a bit the worse for wear, that afternoon.  She had been pregnant and very close to giving birth to several puppies.  Between the after effects of the anaesthetic, the chaotic hormone changes and the move to a new home,  I wouldn't want to swap places with her for anything.  However,  she seems to be settling down,  she is amazingly calm and contented, and I have a new best friend.
 She needs a bath.  That can't happen until she has the stitches from her surgery removed... I don't know whether she is keen for a bath,  but I can't wait!
We have also jhad a birthday celebration....
 .... my mother turned 90 last week and here she is opening one of her gifts among friends.

Meanwhile, the garden is doing well.   After several cold and frosty nights,  the potato planes survive, if a bit the worse for wear.
 As long as there are green leafy parts that are collecting solar energy and turning it into tubers,  the plants are doing ok.

Here are two broccoli plants.   The first is one that I planted a few weeks ago and it is jsut beginning to produce a "head" (really a collection of buds) that is the usual eating part....
... and it will no doubt grow very much larger before it "goes to seed."
 This second plant is almost a year old.  I have been eating buds and flowers as they have been produced for most of that time.  I have watered and fed the plants (there are several of them) and continued to eat their produce...
 ... and I am convinced that, while one doesn't get the "supermarket style" heads for the whole year,  there is plenty of food to eat if one is careful and frugal in the garden...   and broccoli is one of the most useful food plants in the garden.

The rest of the garden is healthy and while the frost has slowed it down, it has certainly not stopped production...
... and neither have the goats...
... they are still producing their fertile contribution to the garden beds that grow my food.  

2 comments:

Meeka said...

Ebony looks like an absolute sweetheart, loved all your pics and gardening updates too.
Hope you're keeping warm out that way! :)

Jane said...

Ebony is doing well..... learning fast and loves sitting by the fire at night. It has been very cold at night, but warm when the sun shines as long as you get out of the breeze.