Monday, 4 August 2014
Merryn's Menu: August Garden Share Collective Garden Overview: Here we are in the last month of winter and the garden is flourishing. I am so happy that there are several self seeded rocket patches ...
Here we are in the last month of winter and the garden is flourishing.
I am so happy that there are several self seeded rocket patches throughout the garden,
often growing in bare patches of dirt = a double bonus = win win.
New capsicum plants are now producing this winter's crop of sweet green capsicum.
I prefer to pick them green and crisp and rarely let them turn red.
This banana bunch seems to be taking forever to ripen
but it is slowly and surely beginning to turn yellow.
We hope to start eating this bunch during this month.
Radicchio, also self seeded and a welcome addition to our vegetables.
The chickens love radicchio too so we need to grow extra for them.
Endive (scarole) grows quickly, is hardy and delicious fresh in salads
or lightly steamed or stir fried with cannelloni beans.
Celery, indispensable in minestrone and most soups.
Hardy and long lasting.
Home grown produce, the lowest hand of bananas cut to ripen indoors,
oranges from my parents (as our trees are only 3 years old)
and chillies from various homes in our street as I am between flowers and green chillies.
It still shows what can easily be grown in a 1km radius from here.
These seedlings are broccoletti, radishes, various lettuces and bok choi.They have been in the ground for 1 month, the letttuce + bok choi will be ready to pick next week.
Shallots, rainbow chard, lettuce and more endive.
We are picking the shallots daily, as needed.
Broccoli, with small heads showing, cabbages and spinach, the cabbages
will be ready to pick in 2 - 3 weeks.
We have a huge diversity of vegetables growing at the moment,
plus tomatoes, our winter tomatoes are very strong this year.
I specially hand selected seeds reknown for growing in cold climates and it was a good decision.
I love picking tomatoes all through Winter.
This is a round up of my garden this month.
Please have a look at the other Garden Share Collective members gardens here.
Buon appetito, enjoy, Merryn.