Welcome to another monthly viewing of all great gardens shared through
The Garden Share Collective hosted by Lizzie at Strayed From The Table.
I am so pleased at how well the new herb garden has evolved.
Marjoram sits next to oregano, thyme, lemon thyme, tarragon, sage,
coriander, holy basil, chives, parsley and perennial coriander all growing happily together.
There are 6 custard apples on our custard apple tree that was planted 3 years ago, how exciting!
There is lavender planted around the garden, a delight for the honey bees.
Also beneficial for it's gorgeous aroma and delicate flavour to ice cream and biscuits.
My daughter informed me that everyone should have at least one lavender bush for the bees to enjoy.
The first blush of colour on the red papaya, though we have enjoyed some grated into a green papaya salad.
I hadn't noticed the ripening locquats
until my husband asked if the yellow burst
were flowers, fruit or dead leaves.
The fruit is much larger this year
and will undoubtedly also be sweeter.
The brassicas are slowly growing. Cauliflower and broccoli with a little spinach.
Notice the recycling of the old trampoline frame, upturned to provide a frame for shade cloth.
We had a hail storm here last weekend.
The lovely lettuce were slightly shredded
but I removed the outer leaves,
giving these to the chickens
and they are still growing strongly.
Picking the outer leaves from a dozen plants
daily are enough
to offer the family fresh salad.
The curly endive (escarole)
survived the hail storm.
Like lettuce, I pick what leaves
are needed and rarely
pluck the whole plant
from the ground.
Our winter shallots are ready for picking, aromatic and delightful.
We are eagerly awaiting this bunch of bananas to ripen, it will be picked in one month.
The piece de resistance are the July tomatoes,
remember we are in the mid north coast of New South Wales
and I am picking one nearly every day now.
The tomatoes are sharing their bed with celery, continental parsley and coriander.
The rampaging chickens now have an outdoor run.
They are still allowed to free range but there is now a good balance between
vegetables for human consumption and everything-else-that-chickens-eat.
This week I planted two rows of snow peas,
a small bed of Australian garlic,
an elderberry shrub,
some more lavender cuttings
Who says winter gardening is boring!!?
Buon appetito, enjoy Merryn