20 January, 2009
Pulled my first radishes today, and they look just like what was on the seed packet! Miraculous! They are Easter Egg radishes and come in red, purple and white. I sowed them with carrots so that when I pull them out it thins the carrots. Seems to working so far but I’ll probably have a tidy up of the carrots once the radishes are all pulled.
Also have been picking red cherry tomatoes (even though the plants collapsed earlier on this week after heavy rain!). Today I made a salad of garden lettuce, garden tomatoes and garden radishes. Yum!
9 January, 2009
Just picked 1.7kg of scallopini! They look like weird hairy flying saucers. They may end up on the barbecue tonight – have to find something to do with them, and quick! There’s more appearing as I write.
Scallopini wouldn’t be my first choice – the packet of mixed courgette seeds seemed to be only this type. This may be the only time I grow them.
(Rat by Jon Thorsen.)
Later on… I keep running out of space to plant new stuff and have been sitting on a whole lot of lettuce seedlings for a while, which were looking periodically sad in their little pots. So this afternoon I cut some more grass out in front of the fence tomatoes, built a mini-retaining wall out of bricks and back filled it with compost, which was enough space to plant the rest of the seedlings (Koanga‘s ‘Heritage Mix’) and the rest of the basil. Hopefully they’ll be happier now.
2 January, 2009
Trip out west stopping at Kumeu garden centre, bought some $1 manager specials; aubergine (Bonica – vigorous high yielding) and courgette plant (Gold Rush – high yielding yellow); my aubergine seedlings are OK but still tiny and all of the seeds from the (mixed) courgette packet seem to be scallopini.
Also bought second passionfruit vine and blueberry bush (Incredible Edibles ‘Blue Magic (Whitu)’ – sweet fruit, easy to grow). Rhubarb is massive again, pulled a whole lot out and roasted it.
Great new drink: juice from roasted rhubarb with tonic and possibly vodka – both drinks taste the same but one gets you pissed.