Posted on March 21, 2016
We had two very large pumpkin patches from spring last year onwards; one nicely tucked away down the very back of our yard where there is plenty of room to spread, the other patch was under our clothesline (lesson learnt) and completely took over paths, other gardens, the neighbour’s fence, the shed and the lemon trees. I could not wait to get rid of them, patiently waiting for March 12th (and for the Autumn heatwave to be over), the date of the Harcourt Applefest this year. My Harcourt resident friend, who also grows heirloom vegies from seed, had a stall for her heirloom seedlings and invited me along; I made over a hundred bucks on most of those pumpkins that day (still a few left). My whining and moaning about never growing them again turned to “maybe I’ll just grow them down the back next year..”
I grow golden zucchinis almost every year for their delicious buttery flavour. This is the leaf from one of the plants, the plants can grow to about a metre in diameter.
Posted on February 17, 2016
I’ve never particularly liked gardening in the Summer as I’ve often had plants fry during heat waves or hot winds. This way of thinking is slowly starting to subside after my 3rd Summer back in Victoria since spending many Summers in South Australia – the driest state in a very dry continent – those hot dry conditions were no picnic.
Despite my lack of organization and my tendency to neglect the garden for several days at a time, plants keep growing and producing food, and we are eating it. Only tonight I decided to make a batch of tomato soup (I prefer that to preserves) with the basketful we had sitting on the bench, plus some that I picked this afternoon – mostly cherry tomatoes. I saved some good ones from the fresh picked to give away tomorrow morning, and a few are left on the bench for my breakfast ritual of tomato on toast. We are struggling to keep up.
Posted on December 19, 2015
In the middle of a stinking hot Summer day, in the midst of a heatwave in Australia, you are either in water or inside. Today I opt for inside and take the chance to share with you some nicer pictures of my garden taken in the last few days, as opposed to the wilting garden trying to make it through the day on the water I gave it early this morning.
I grow food and have done for about 20 years off and on. I’ve been using heirloom variety seeds for a lot of that time, as well as buying seedlings from markets or nurseries when I needed a catch up or head start. This has been done while renting, and it continues in this home which we moved to in June this year.
This time round I aim to grow all or mostly heirloom varieties, and all from seed. I have always grown organically and nothing changes there.
Posted on October 7, 2015
I had a bunch of old heirloom seeds planted in pots and growing in a makeshift hothouse while waiting for the weather to warm up. Yesterday the strong Spring winds knocked it over onto it’s back, making a mess of my seedlings.