The theme for this month is Preserve, which I've been doing bits and pieces of.
A week or so ago I had a very busy week, and so was picking and shoving the produce into the fridge, to be dealt with at a later date.
On the weekend, I pulled it all out and set it out on the kitchen bench.
I really didn't realise I grew that much stuff. It's easy when its a basket here, and a bit there, and it mostly gets eaten. But a weeks worth really adds up.
The tomatoes I had already planned for stashing for making passata and salsa. These got cleaned and chopped then into plastic bags and into the freezer.
The beans were cleaned, sliced and par-boiled, then cooled in iced water, drained and then into zip-lock bags ready for the freezer.
A few extra corn cobs (not pictured) got sliced off the cob and also went into zip-lock bags for the freezer.
There is now a nice little stash in the freezer for future use.
I also pressure canned chicken stock (from stashed bones of a few roasted chickens), and while that was going I also bottled some apples I was gifted from a friend's dad's tree.
The preserving has not been limited to bottling, but also included the drying of the Anzac peaches.
Future preserving will be the passata and salsa stash for the year, some more frozen goods including beans and eggplants, and I'll probably try my hand at pickling some cucumbers.
- Brassicas - broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage seeds have all been sown. Some have already been planted out, while others are awaiting space to be freed up.
- Carrot, beetroot, parsnip and radish seed.
- Cucumber seed, in the polytunnel.
- Lots of tomatoes
- Beans, though I've now stopped cropping and am letting the rest go to keep for next years' seed.
- Cucumbers, which are now pretty much at an end
- Zucchini and squash
- Capsicums and peppers
- Corn, but all gone now
- Plums, though the last of these have been picked this week
- Figs, though not many are left now
- Apples, mid season St Edmund's Pippin
- Pears, the first of the Durondeau have been picked
- Keep pruning and tying up tomatoes to try and stave off blight and rust diseases and keep the plants going a little longer
- Pull out the corn and zucchini currently taking up bed space and plant out the remaining brassicas
- Prune and tie up the thornless blackberry
- Graft the plum, apricot and peach
- Plant more carrot and beetroot seeds
- Keep watering the late season apples to try and ensure a good crop
That's it for my February garden. How is yours going?