Today In The Garden: 20th February Edition

It’s very satisfying to walk in and around the veggie garden and be able to pick things we can eat. And despite our weird growing season, I have managed to harvest quite a lot. We won’t need to buy tomatoes, potatoes or zucchinis for a while at least.

So, today in the garden…

A harvest of tomatoes, potatoes, bok choy, baby corn, zucchinis and squash.

The citrus: lemons, limes and cumquats are flowering and fruiting.

We are going to have a bumper crop of tomatoes and the Comfrey is certainly doing it’s job as a weed barrier.

The Musquee De Provence pumpkin is quite possibly going to take over the garden.

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The little Golden Nugget pumpkins are coming along. This is a much more compact plant if you are considering growing pumpkins in your veggie garden. It can also be grown in a large pot.

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The first lot of radishes I planted did nothing (maybe the seeds were out of date?), so I planted a new lot and these ones are showing more promise.

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What can I say about the Raspberries? They need a lot of water however, after that, they require little to no attention. Look at what we are rewarded with day after day.

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Not a lot happened on the Snow Pea front. I planted quite a lot however something was enjoying them as soon as they sprouted. This one made it through.

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The Strawberries have flowered again. Hands up if you grow strawberries. I learnt something new today. After the strawberries have fruited they tend to run. It’s their way of taking over the garden bed. I thought this was a good thing however I have often wondered why the harvest is so ordinary when I have such a large patch. Did you know that you should pinch off these runners and start a new patch with them? This will, apparently, improve the strawberry harvest of your first patch next season. I will do that this year and let you know how it goes.

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The Fig tree has been slow to get going. We have probably had it for about 3 years. This year it has more fruit than ever. I am just waiting for them to ripen and then I will try my hand at Fig and Walnut jam. Mmmm…..

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Again, this year, we have a lone pear. Sshhh, don’t tell the Rosellas.

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This is Clucker Tucker. We planted it in the first pig pen along with a couple of Zucchini plants as an experiment and it has gone crazy. Some of these plants, the buckwheat in particular, are about 60 cm tall. That’s pretty exciting growth over about 4 to 5 weeks. We will be setting up pig tractors for the next growing season. More about this when we get to them.

I have been asked what is Clucker Tucker. It is a combination of plants that can be grown and they provide a healthy green forage for your chooks. The mix includes barrel medic, bok choy, buckwheat, forage chicory, clover, cocksfoot, linseed, lucerne, millet, forage plantain, silverbeet, subclover and sunflower. You can get it from Green Harvest.

Speaking of Green Harvest. I ordered Monaro Garlic (a garlic that is supposed to be suited for growing in our Alpine conditions), Tree Onions and Sweet Potato last week. They are plants that are only available at certain times of the year and they go quickly. My order arrived on Friday and today I have been preparing the beds for planting.

These are the pretties around the place. The Red Hot Pokers pop up every year and put on a stunning display until about April. The yellow flowers are bulbs, at a guess, as they pop up in the lawn around this time of year. Flowers are not my area (unless of course they are edible or useful) so maybe someone can tell me what they are.

Well, I think that’s it. What’s growing in your veggie garden? Someone please tell me what the yellow flowers are.

Mrs D x

PS Counting down the days to our cruise…..

 

 

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