4 September, 2010
Blog fail. I haven’t posted since this time last year. The garden has been growing well though, here are a few photos in summary:
I have been busy though, over the last year we’ve been weighing all the garden produce as we pick it. It’s been weighed in the same way as you’d buy it from the greengrocers (e.g. rhubarb without leaves, carrots without tops, etc.). Here goes:
August 2009-August 2010
- Asparagus: 4.73kg
- Broad beans: 760g
- Strawberries: 2.86kg
- Courgette: 3.5kg
- Potatoes: 8.56kg (new Jersey Bennes: 6.4kg; main crop (Rua?): 2.16kg)
- Beans: 11.02kg (King of the Blues: 2.98kg; Scarlet Runner: 8.04kg)
- Tomatoes: 30.59kg (Bloody Butcher: 5.68kg; Roma: 7.61kg; Brandywine Pink: 13.32kg; Beefsteak: 4.03kg)
- Sweetcorn: 800g (pitiful!)
- Hungarian Yellow chillies: 615g
- Purple capsicum: 975g
- Kumikumi pumpkin: 3.5kg
- Aubergine: 1.55kg
- Spring onions: 445g
- Celery: 2.79kg
- Rhubarb: 10.58kg
- NZ spinach: 2.89kg
- Silverbeet: 225g (plus undocumented kilos fed directly to the guinea pigs)
- Radishes: 1.59kg
- Peas: 855g (could do better…)
- Beetroot: 1.43kg
- Onions: 970g
- Carrots: 3.1kg
- Borlotti beans: 125g (dry weight – will try harder this year!)
- Serrano chilli: 870g
- Jerusalem artichokes: 9.86kg
- Mandarins: 560g
- Olives: 60g (though I did brine these in a very small jar)
- Strawberry guavas: 885g
- Cabbage: 340g
- Feijoas: 400g
- Lemons: 430g
- Broccoli: 200g
- Florence fennel: 670g (these were just thinnings – lots more fat bulbs imminent!)
12 August, 2009
Today I picked and ate a good bunch of asparagus for lunch. Brilliant.
At the weekend I planted peas and Jersey Bennes and dug in the winter lupins. Thought it was time to replace the woody herbs in the herb garden (they’re 5 years old) so I bought some sage and thyme. I’ll leave the rosemary in there.
Also picked the few daffodils that are growing and stuck them in a vase. I should be a florist.
25 April, 2009
We’ve a got a good crop of strawberry guavas this year, and am resolved to eat more of them this time rather than use them as colourful lawn food.
10 April, 2009
The weather has got much chillier over the last week – I had to wear long sleeves all day yesterday, though am still exiting the house in jandals, not-quite-letting-go-of-summer-just-yet…
The garden needed some tidying up (after a few busy weeks of neglect) so today I puled out the bean plants, saving a few remaining seeds for next year from the Sutton’s Giant beans (from Koanga). They were great scarlet runners, juicy bean pods, didn’t get tough and oversized like the other Blue Lakes.
I also pulled out a few sneaky carrots and wow! They look just like on the packet! (Rainbow Selection from Niche Seeds) The first one was big and waxy and yellow, like a grub. The second one had pink foliage and came out shorter and red, and the last one was medium-sized and more orange than the first, but not normal carrot-coloured.
Also picked strawberries (they are STILL going – since mid-November!), tomatillos (the plant is über-productive in the lantern department but they mostly don’t seem to be getting big enough to grow fruit), chillies.
I also picked a bit of mustard and coriander, which I whizzed up with a couple of the past-it basil bushes to make pesto (recipe: 2 x basil bushes, sprig of coriander, sprig of mustard, handful of pine nuts, good amount of avocado oil. Blend).
The marigolds seem to have done their companion-planting job all summer, attracting the snails so that they aren’t hungry enough to eat my veg. They have grown MASSIVE (enough for a Monsoon Wedding), have started self seeding and have taken over all the space. So they had to go. Mostly. I will cultivate the seedlings and see if they go all winter too. I’ll try to plant them next to the veggie patches next year, so that I actually have some space to grow food.
3 February, 2009
It’s really going now – just picked (more) scallopini, cherry and beefsteak tomatoes, beans, chillies, gherkins and tomatillos (need to ask my Mexican mate what to do with those). And that doesn’t include the radishes, lettuce and basil I picked (and ate) at lunchtime.
We’ve got the double weeper hose set up now, so the main vegetable beds are sorted, I just need to remember all the rest, scattered around the garden.
The scallopini plants are looking a bit sad – fairly covered in powdery mildew and host to some vegetable bugs. Seem to be still producing though…