|The tomato bed, lovely tall plants growing strongly, but the fruit isn't ripe yet!!|
It is time again for this great food garden link up over with Lizzie at Strayed from the Table. I really enjoy these garden posts, I hope all you crafty ladies don't mind my little side step into the garden, I'll be back to crafty stuff soon enough!
Anyway, February was very dry here and still hot, so the garden has suffered. I didn't plant any new plants this past month, I am planning to start planting Autumn things this month, but first I have a lot of cleaning up to do.
I have been harvesting beans, sweetcorn, and zucchini.
(Also had some lovely pears and nashis from the community garden.)
I have started picking a few tomatoes too, but I think they are very late this year, most of them are still very green.
This month I want to sow some brassicas, things like broccoli, tuscan kale, red and green cabbages, maybe some cauliflowers and some Asian greens like pak choy, or bok choy. Also sowing beetroot, carrots, coriander, parsley and salad greens.
Want to see what's happening in my garden at the moment?
....the pumpkins are starting to brown off a little, they haven't been a great success, I only have a few pumpkins out of all the plants I grew, they didn't seem to produce many female flowers this year.
.....parsley gone to seed, I'll be collecting this this week and resowing some, I miss parsley in the garden and resent having to buy bunches from the shop!
......looking through to the chicken orchard, so dry and everything is looking sad!
....These pears and nashis were grown in the Community garden, we have a largish orchard that is completely netted so we don't have to compete with the birds anymore, it is fab! I have just preserved these pears into 15 jars of yum!
......See all the green tomatoes? These are Tigerellas, come on, ripen already!!
If any of you Australian gardeners would like some purple (I think!) carrot seeds, I am collecting seed from my plants and can send you some if you'd like, same for parsley too!
So how is your garden growing at the moment?
Are your tomatoes late too?
Are you going into Autumn like me, or are you coming out of Winter,
and planning a Spring planting in the Northern Hemisphere?
Oh, and just because this might be interesting to you peeps who like to grow food, there is an online Food Growing Summit taking place this week with lots of inspiring speakers giving talks. It is free, and I think it will be really interesting, I'm hoping to tune in for a few talks about the state of our food growing systems and how we can grow great food for ourselves. Might be worth a look!