Garden Share Collective: June...

29 June, 2016

It seems I at the moment I only ever get around to posting for the Garden Share Collective, and I can't be more grateful to the hosts Krystie and Kate that I have this prompt to blog.

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 main wicking veg patch.

Cabbages forming.

Aphid laden broccoli going to seed. How do you keep aphids from making your broccoli inedible?

The self sown tomato is just holding in there, along with leeks, celery and silverbeet.

Peas climbing to the light.

That tasty tasty veg garlic, coming along nicely.

Go self sown lettuce.

Carrots and beetroot.

The only two Pink Lady apples to set on the step-overs this year, well protected from bird attack.

What goes rather nicely with apples? Rhubarb of course!

And what goes well with apples and rhubarb? Lemons!

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.

Capsicums ditto.

More apples in the orchard. These are Sundowners.

Planting:

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.

Harvesting:

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.

To do:
  • Hiburnate
  • 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?

Mushrooming...

11 June, 2016

At this time of year there is not much happening in the home garden. Excitingly however, there is plenty happening in the not too distant bushlands.

After doing a mushroom foraging workshop last year I was hanging out for autumn and all its 'shroomy harvests, so we could put these skillz into practice again.

Given there has been a good deal of rainfall of late, and seeing many an instagram post of 'shroomy harvests, it appeared the time was right to head out bush and see what we could find.


We were not disappointed. This was what we picked in the first 10 minutes.


While I like Slippery Jacks, they aren't my favourite mushroom. I much prefer Saffron Milkcaps, so I went off in search of more of those.


Luckily a bit further along there were plenty to be had (as well as the odd young Slippery Jack that I just couldn't pass up).

There were plenty of not-to-be-picked mushrooms, which we admired from afar.


After maybe an hour and a half gentle wander up the road and back we came home with three baskets that looked rather like this.


The Saffron Milkcaps will be cooked down and then bagged and frozen, while the Slippery Jacks will be dehydrated into a delicious porcini-like dried mushroom.

That should keep me in 'shroomy delights for a little while yet.