Well, it has been a long time between visits to the garden, and even more between time dedicated to working there.... Oh well, sometimes one just has to go with the flow. On a personal note, I am trying to curb my desire to be constantly productive and trying to take is easy. Taking time to smell the roses, as they say. Even if the roses are not so fragrant broccoli flowers at the moment.
I believe it is best to enclose seed heads in some way to prevent the seeds falling to the ground and germinating. I thought I would give it a go. These must be well and truly dry by now.
It has been a busy day in my sadly neglected, yet surprisingly productive garden today. Lots of cleaning up to be done in the intermittent rain- pulling out the spent tomato plants, the weeds and the vines that will no longer ripen. Case in point, the rockmelons. I am fairly certain these came from the compost. Loads of self seeded seedlings coming up - rocket, Queen Anne's Lace (already!), coriander, and broccolini amongst other things. Harvested today: silverbeet, rocket (Italian and French), two stray cucumbers, parsnips I practically had to excavate, some sad looking baby beets, the last of my yellow pear tomaotoes, loads of parsley and a bunch of young cavolo nero.
I had been thinking of sowing a green manure but there are simply too many goodies coming up. My sort of gardening...
Trying to get my fledgling business off the ground and learning every day has meant that I have been too busy to attend to the garden this summer. It is my favourite sort of surprise, however, when I visit to go to harvest and find something I hadn't intentionally sown there. This is the biggest of the melons that self seeded. The taste of melons I have grown in the past hasn't been particularly good. Let's see with this one.
Well, the last apple, actually. God only knows how this one failed to grab the attention of the ravenous birds. I suspect it was because it was nestled between the net and the post. Now that the net has been removed, I am sure it won't make it to the weekend. I'm prepared to bet on that one.
Connecting with nature is vital to our mental and emotional health argues Richard Louv, whom I recently heard interviewed on Radio National. He coined the term "nature deficit disorder" and talks about the importance for children especially to play outdoors and get to know the natural world. Witnessing the abundant wildlife on our property always brings a smile to my face. The day I took this photo in the vegetable garden I also saw two tiny frogs, loads of birds, rabbits and wallabies. Ok - I do sometimes curse the rabbits and wallabies.....
is what the birds are getting through at the moment. There are barely any apples left on the tree despite the net!
The extreme heat of the last few weeks has killed all the flowers. They haven't just wilted, they have dessicated. Just as well I am a huge fan of vegetable blooms. If truth be told, I find these the most interesting of flowers. Although their presence means the vegetables are well past their edible prime, they are resplendent with their crown of seeds atop their very long stems.
When I am not busy sewing down at our island retreat, I love spending time in my organic edible garden or in the kitchen.