At the moment in the early stages of winter I am in the garden less than ever, with not much to plant so it seems I only spend time to harvest. And when its cold outside I want to get out and pick, then back inside asap.
This months theme is Taste, and if that doesn't sum up a vegetable and fruit garden then nothing will.
For me, I grow my own for the taste. There are is no store bought equivalent to the homegrown tomato picked at the height of summer, or the perfect strawberry popped straight into the mouth while garden meandering, or freshly harvested carrots. I could go on and on, but you get the point.
In the food garden, taste is where it's at.
|The front yard interplanted with edibles and ornamentals. Red amaranth to right, flowering rosemary on left, cauliflowers and purple sprouting broccoli to rear.|
|In the polytunnel the peppers are still ripening.|
|More apples in the orchard. These are Sundowners.|
I sowed seeds of onion, kohl rabi, kale, turnip, parsnip and hamburg parsley. I don't know if I'll get anything, but I needed to plant some seeds. So I did.
This is pretty typical about now.
Veg: The last pumpkin, odd tomato, silverbeet, leeks, small celery stalks, beetroot, carrot thinnings, lettuce, spring onions, polytunnel eggplant, capsicum and one solitary lemon cucumber.
Fruit: Apples, lemons, rhubarb.
- Prune fruit trees to reshape as needed
- Hope for enough chilling hours for the apples and stone fruit
- Chop back grapevine and tidy asparagus beds when the plants totally die back
- Keep feeding the garlic for big bulbs
- Plant out the tulip bulbs in the fridge
That's my June garden wrap up. How is your garden doing?