Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Nothing much happening today

We had a couple of nice days but, apart from the weeds, nothing much is growing. I did check my cauliflowers and they are starting to make small heads, and breaking apart. I  expected that though, my soil is too sandy and they only produce tiny buttons. I don't know why I keep trying.

I got some more actinidia melandra (purple kiwifruit) in the post, I hope I can get them to grow to replace the one that died over the summer - just in case the two that survived are the same sex.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Digging my scorzonera

OUt the back it is getting  a bit boggy with all the rain we have had so I decided to dig up my scorzonera plants to put in large pots so they don't rot. I really want some seeds off them. Here is a handful of them.

I am fasting for a few days so I decided to only cook only one to taste and replant the rest. Just like the recipes say, I scraped the roots (will peel next time), boiled in salted water until nearly soft, then fried in butter (real butter) until just turning golden.

They were quite nice tasting, just like artichoke. I will plant a heap more next year as they are far better to prepare and taste than salsify.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Finally got a moment to myself

I have been so busy the past few days. I have been making a few dollars pocketmony writing website content while the weather was bad. I got a big order that had to be done in only three days so I have been very busy typing. I just got it finished so now I can update this blog.

I don't have enough stuff to take to the market on saturday but that is partly made up with a new person ordering my vegie boxes. I will have to be careful to have loads of stuff ready to harvest by the time cold weather comes next winter. Everything stops growing with the cold weather so it should hold over the winter and I will have a reliable harvest every month. Lots of learning, lol.

My poor yacon tubers are starting to pop their little shoots up way too early. It is still two months till the last frost so they will get burnt off. I will have to cover them. My water chestnuts are in the same boat.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Busy weekend

I have been busy for the last three days in another town helping a girl learn how to train wild donkeys so I haven't been at a computer to update this blog.

Nothing much happening at the moment but I have to get the van and stuff ready for the market this coming Saturday. Everything is starting to show spring so I am about to put in my water chestnuts today and some strawberry seeds. The redcurrants are bursting their buds and so is the yacon unfortunately, as there is still a lot of frosts to come yet.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wow, I didn't realise it had been so long

I have been so busy that I didn't realise it had been so long since I have updated this blog.

Not a lot has happened. We have had a good lot of rain so I am happy about that. I don't have a lot to talk about so I will tell you some of the interesting plants and produce I will have for sale from next autumn.

Four colours of oca (NZ yam), American ground nut, water chestnuts, lotus, Chinese keys, Chinese yam, horseradish, Chinese artichokes, licorice, and more that I can't think of at the moment.

Make sure you go to my shop http://www.gardenlarder.biz/ regularly to see what I have added.

Friday, July 13, 2012

The plants are waking up early

All the deciduous plants have decided that they have had enough of sleeping and are already starting to burst their buds, just in time for frosts to bit them off.  The avocados have their flower buds swelling but I'm sure we will have enough frosts in the next two months to make sure they don't set fruit, oh well, such is life.

Here is the promised picture of the first rat-tailed radish floweers. They are so cute. White with purple veining

And here are a couple of the 60 litre tubs that I will be planting my water chestnuts into. Don't worry, I am still adding dirt here.

My yard is going to look very pretty with all the coloured tubs. I still have to buy 6 more. I think I will plant a lotus into one just to find out if this size tub is big enough.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

At long last - flowers

Been a bit longer than I thought but my rat-tail radishes have just started flowering - I will grab a picture tomorrow. I only hope they get pollinated as I haven't seen any bees around. There might be enough other insects around that I have not noticed, fingers crossed. Can't wait to try them.

Got my electric fence energiser in the post. I will pop into town on friday to buy a couple of posts and some tape and then I can put it up.

My friend Jantina came over a couple of days ago and we swapped some plants. I got a peruvian parsnip and a couple of little naranjilla seedlings. I have to keep the naranjillas inside at the moment as they are a bit frost tender. Mmmm, I have been looking forward to getting some fruit off those.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Nice haul in the post today

Just as the title says, I got some nice goodies in the post - chinese yam, more chinese keys, bamboo seeds and horseradish root. I can't wait to get them in the ground in spring.

I put some oca tubers in small pots so I can sell them later when they start growing but I have so many small tubers that I don't know what to do with them. I might have to put them on Ebay.

Saturday, July 7, 2012


Last night we had the coldest frost we have had here for a couple of years. It must have been at least minus 2C. There was ice everywhere. I'm glad I put a couple of fairly tender plants under cover last night. There was some plant damage but I think they will recover. The poor capsicums and pepinos are totally finished and the tamarillos were badly burnt.

I bought a solar powered electric fence on Ebay for J block. I will get some tape for it locally. I dug a couple more beds but I haven't been too active - it has just been too cold.

It is the middle of winter but most of the deciduous plants have decided that they have had enough and are starting to shoot. I hope the new shoots don't get burnt off. I have had trouble just puting the yacon into storage, the growign tips just want to get going.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Yeah, been a bit slack again

I thought it had been only a couple of days since my last post but it works out to be 4, time does fly.

I haven't done much, just dug a couple of beds in block three, one of which I have planted out with yacon and pink oca. The days have been mild enough to get some work done but I have had some after work staff meetings at the aged home where I work part-time so I haven't had time to take advantage of the weather.

Recieved my chinese keys, water chestnuts and a couple of native finger lime trees in the mail, along with some seeds like jicama. I have tried jicama before but they didn't do well so I am going to try again. I have some Ahipa seeds coming too. These are very hard to get in Australia, they are closely related to jicama.