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A Garden Catch Up

Well, it’s been a while since my last post on this blog, and there have been lots of things happening out in the garden. Summer has arrived, with quite variable weather for the final parts of Spring, and into the ‘hotter’ season. There were some stinking hot days at the end of Spring, and our poor mandarin tree suffered hugely because of it.

That lovely crop of tiny mandarins we had covering the tree have  all frizzled up in the hear and dropped from the tree. There will be no mandarins this year, not from our tree … This should teach me to stop counting the fruit before it ripens, shouldn’t it?

We have had successes with other produce growing here though, at various levels. We have had two strawberries so far that made it to the table, nice and ripe ones, though quite small. There were a few more strawberries coming along too, last week, but the birds got to them before we could. We are going to put some netting up to save the strawberries from the birds, this time …

We have a tremendous crop of Purslane growing in a box outside, and I’m trying to eat some in the morning every morning, because my gardening expert has told me they are more beneficial regarding Omega 3 Fatty Acids, if eaten then. I don’t manage to do that every single day, but manage it several times a week for sure. Is it actually doing me any good? Who knows, it certainly isn’t doing me any harm, and I’m feeling good …

My husband, who does most of our cooking, has included some of the purslane in the occasional meal, and I think he’s coming around on thinking it may be a worthwhile addition to some of our meals. I keep thinking I should do more research on possible easy ways to use purslane in meals. At the moment, I eat it raw, sometimes as is, other times mixed in with a variety of nuts, seeds and dried fruit. It has no flavour, really, but it has a nice ‘crunch’.

So what else? We have a fine crop of chocolate mint growing, and it has been adding interesting notes to some of our meals. I’ve also used some of that mint in an interesting Choc Chai coffee on some days. Interesting, and quite different to my usual white coffees I have in the morning, every morning (unless I am have fasting bloods done, like I am next week). I added a little thyme to the chai on occasion, that we have growing in one of our hanging baskets on the back veranda. As I said, interesting …

What else is out there? We grew our own spring onions this year, and have been using them at times. Graham pulled them up the other day, because he wants to use that vegetable bed for something else. I saved a few of the tiny plants, and I’m growing them in water, in the kitchen, just for a bit of interest. I’ll need to do some more studying on the best ways to grow spring onions inside in water, I think. I’m not sure the way I’m doing it at the moment is ideal …

We grew garlic this year too, and it has been harvested, and once it is all dried, and we’ve used up the garlic from the Adelaide Central Market, we’ll use our own garlic, for as long as it lasts. What else? We have been growing our own parsley in one of the vegetable beds too, and there is still some of that growing, lovely and green, but I’m not sure how long it will last.

I think that’s it now, nothing else edible growing, unless you’re a dog – our dog Missy likes to eat the grass growing in the back yard, not always, just every now and then. So overall, we’re doing an ok job of providing ourselves with fresh fruit and vegetables, but there is still a long way to go before we could ever be self-sufficient …

If you grow your own, I’d love to hear about how your garden is going.  Feel free to leave a message here!

 

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8 thoughts on “A Garden Catch Up

  1. That must be wickedly hot to cook mandarins! I grew citrus trees in the early 1990s, but never had any cooked. The climates here are supposedly similar to those in the region of Adelaide. Sadly, I have not grown much in the past few years. I will get back to it eventually. We used to grow mainly rhododendrons, but will be growing more camellias when I go back to work.

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    • Yes we’ve had some stinking hot days, and cruel strong winds with it. Now things are much more settled, but it’s too late for the mandarin, this season anyway …
      I have fond memories of the camelia my husband and I had briefly, when we were living in the suburbs. Sadly, our dog at the time dug it up, and the bush died …

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      • We grew rododendrons for many years, and the deer did not bother them. When we started growing camellias we needed to keep them in fenced ‘prisons’ to protect them from deer. We kept expanding the prisons so that we could grow more camellias. Now, the production area is fenced so that we grow more camellias than rhododendrons. It seems that everyone wants a piece of them.

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  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I grew garlic this year also, having bought some from Diggers in March. I was slightly disappointed in the size of the heads, but it is so much better than shop bought! Other than that, I’ve almost given up on veggies, but might plant a few winter things in Autumn.

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    • I’m actually giving growing spring onions inside a bit of a go. I don’t really know why, I just like to see growing things inside for a change. I have two tiny ones growing in those little grow pot things, and I think three in a glass of water. The grow pot ones are slowly growing, the others a little bit, one of them anyway. The other two are more recent, and haven’t shown signs of life much yet. I’m a patient person though …
      You have to be, when you’re a gardener, don’t you?

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