I noticed the first flowers on my broad beans over the past few days. Which means it’s time to get ready for the harvest.
We don’t seem to have had as much frost this year as last. It’s been raining a lot. But this morning we had what passes for a heavier frost in our backyard, so I thought I’d show you how the winter vegies I have growing cope.
Another winter and I’ve improved by four the number of things I can harvest out of the garden: lemons (a yield of ten fruits!), rhubarb, chervil and red mustard. I have some way to go before I conquer the winter harvest.
Well yes, it’s a vegetable. But it eats like fruit. Anyway, I was thrilled when after a long hot spring and summer, my rhubarb started showing signs of life in autumn.
The hot weather has passed, there leaves are turning, and there are mild sunny days with cool breezes. So I’ve come out of my summer hibernation to get the garden ready for winter.
It’s the time of the year in the temperate southern hemisphere to be planting garlic so that in 6-8 months you can be digging up deliciousness like this:
January has been milder than the preceding months, with some much needed rain and cooler temperatures. Everything in the garden seems happier. But it doesn’t look startlingly different to the December photos. Except perhaps the flowers are more noticeable.
I’ve had a long hiatus from my little blog. The warm and often hot spring weather has meant I spent the past few months battling the sun and the heat, lost heart, installed a drip system, and regained hope.
There’s been a lot of growth in the last month. We’ve had a lot of warm weather so far this spring, but I’m not sure if this is typical for this time of year. I seem to spend every spare moment in the garden doing little jobs – sowing seeds, thinning seedlings, feeding liquid fertiliser, and picking a few bits and pieces.
We live in a cool temperate climate. We get a lot of frost in winter, and often times (or so I’m told, but we have only lived here for 18 months) late frosts in spring, but hot summers. Autumn 2015 was pretty warm until May. Then it has felt relentlessly very cold, including as I type this. This year was the first year I’ve been planting up my food garden, so I’m extra keen to see signs of spring on its way. Here’s what’s happening at the end of September.