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Garden Update

January 28, 2009

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I can’t remember when last I did a garden update, but I guess I should do one now since we are pretty much at the height of summer down here in Hobart. Even though the days are getting shorter, the temperatures are getting higher and we are getting up to the low 30’s for the first time this summer. You can see in the photo above, the corn are starting to ‘set fruit’ (is there a technical name for that with corn plants??), the tomatoes are huge and the onions (bottom corner of the bed) are almost ready to dig up. Under the chicken wire (where the little terracotta pots are) there is some late-planted lettuce (before it was so hot) that will hopefully give me something to harvest before it bolts. And in between all that are some snapdragons that accidentally grew there (don’t ask…).  And here’s the other bed:

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Celery all going to seed (I ate as much of it as I could….), mini pumpkins (you can see one poking up over the wood), raspberries behind the nets (still producing a few every day) and you can see a tiny bit or purple in the middle of the bed, under that I sowed some parsnip seeds. I did my research and found out that they take up to 28 days to to germinate, and optimal germination temperature is 18 degrees Celsius. So I’ve sowed them into warm soil & to keep in the moisture I put a few layers of onion bags held down with wood. I have had it there for about a week & there is a few things sprouting, but I don’t know if they’re parsnips or weeds! I might have to take the onion bags off tomorrow to let them develop a bit before pulling them out (if they’re weeds).

seedlings

Speaking of seedlings, I am already planning my winter veggies. These are broccoli seedlings, they sprouted after only 4 days! That’s a record for me. Also around the same time, the Cauliflowers came up, and brussels sprouts. Still waiting for the cabbage to come up though. these will only be ready to put in the ground in about 6 weeks, it will be March by then!! They need another 6 weeks or so to build up a good framework of leaves. Then the cool weather will be here when they want to grow their ‘heads’. 🙂

tomatoes

The warm weather ha definitely helped my tomatos, I had a problem with the blossoms dropping off before setting any fruit. I think it was due to the cool weather but I haven’t looked it up. But I have managed to harvest one determined Roma-type tomato, as well as some beans & a bit of usable celery:

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I had the tomato in my salad for dinner tonight & it was so delicous!! There’s nothing like the first tomato of the season. That’s all for now!

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Garden Update

December 10, 2008

No recipe today, but my neighbour gave me a bunch of her broad beans, which I’ve never tried to eat or grow before:

broad-beans

Cute aren’t they!! I microwaved them with a little water for 2 minutes to steam them. The outer skins split a little, but mixed with a little butter & pepper, they were sweet & delicious! I think they are a cool-season crop, so I will have to try them next winter!

In my own garden, the tomato plants are getting really tall and have lots of flowers. I hope we can get a bit more warm weather so they can set heaps of fruit.

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My past experience tells me I should be harvesting the first tomatoes around Christmas time, but there’s only a few fruit set & this is the biggest one:

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November & December have been so unseasonally cold, it doesn’t seem like summer at all 😦

Also in the same bed, the onions are putting on a lot of size now:

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This is my first time growing onions so I hope these are tasty!!

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The celery has really taken off with the cool weather, it shouldn’t be too much longer before I’m eating it. The bok choi is completely shading out the poor lettuces that are planted in between them (I had no idea the bok choi would grow that big), so  I did some culling this afternoon. I gave a bag to my neighbour in return for the broadbeans, and threw a few of the largest leaves onto the compost heap. Still no signs of snail damage, dispite all the rain we’ve been having! I am very thankful for that.

One very exciting thing I discovered today, was that some of my raspberries are getting red!!! Raspberries in time for Christmas, hooray!

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Also in the last week, my squashes/pumpkins have started to flower & set fruit. I hand pollinated these because I want to save the seeds, and I didn’t see many bees around. But it looks like it has worked with several small fruits starting to grow:

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I kind of got all my squash/pumpkin/cucumber seedlings mixed up after I planted them so it’s a bit of a pot luck as to what I’m going to be harvesting! But two of the plants so far have these yellow fruits, time will tell if they end up being squashes or pumpkins.

That’s all for tonight, hopefull I’ll have a recipe for you on the weekend, bye for now!