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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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First lettuce harvest!!

November 5, 2008

I bought some mixed mesclun from the greengrocer yesterday but it turned out I didn’t even need to! When taking my morning stroll through the garden, everything was looking so big & juicy I couldn’t help but collect some:

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I also pulled a radish, which I actually started harvesting in the last few weeks, but have been trying not to take too many study breaks to blog about it. My absolute favourite lettuce type was the green one in the centre of the photo, so crisp & buttery!!! If anyone can tell me the common name for this kind I would be oh so grateful, I’ll try to source it seperately because I only got a single plant of it in the mixed punnet of seedlings I bought. This made the most delicious salad ever to take to the library for lunch today!!

Also, I have been following the US election unfolding here in Australia, I found myself on the edge of my seat most of the day as CNN updated their map as the votes were counted. I am very happy with the result as is most of the Australian community! Well done Obama 🙂