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Colourful Swiss chard.

10 Jan

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Two days of Swiss chard from two containers.

2013 New pink lemonade blueberry – Winter greens and flowering fruit in containers – kale, Swiss Chard, flowering peach and pink blueberries

24 Nov

Peach is not flowering so much this year. Hopefully I will get some bigger peaches as there’s fewer flowers.
Swiss chard is so colorful! I grew these along with the kale from seed.

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My blueberries are flowering too. I feel like everything flowered a month early this year.

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The lighter coloured leaved blueberry is a new Pink lemonade blueberry. So curious to see how these will taste.

More tasty homegrown edibles from earlier this month.

20 Jun

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Been on vacation and picked some tasty veg and a few tasty bowls of fruit before and after. Fresh blueberries are the best! My peaches are all gone now. Sadly they dropped and rotted while I was away.

This was the only kohl rabi I managed to grow this year. I have to say, quite an unexciting vegetable – kind of taste like broccoli stem. But reminds me of my grandma when she would stir fry it with garlic. Yum! I ended up baking with the turnips, a couple of tiny homegrown artichokes, some onions, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. It was ok but should have stuck to grandmas cooking!

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Harvesting big cabbage heads and pineapple guavas fruiting!

20 Jun

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This is a medium sized head cabbage – I got about half a dozen nice sized heads and one that I had to throw away as the bugs got into it. First time growing cabbage so I am pretty happy. This one was grown in a narrow wooden patio box I usually plant strawberries in.

Also nice to see the pineapple guava fruiting as I read you need to pollinate them with another plant. I have a strawberry guava plant too but it did not flower this year.

Harvest Monday

7 May

Pulled up almost all my carrots. They’re getting stringy roots off the main carrot so probably means its done growing. something quite satisfying a out pulling up carrots, you never know how big it will be and what shape!

The yellows and oranges are easy to grow. The reds are tougher. Although all my seeds are a couple of years old.

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So colourful!

And I had to harvest all my mustard greens as they were beginning to flower. So many leaves! I washed and chopped them up and stirfried them with olive oil, garlic and salt. Simple. Added a bit oyster sauce for extra flavour.

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Another handful of tropic prince bland peaches and my first homegrown artichokes! Will write a separate entry for those ­čÖé

Here’s the bigger and tastier tropic beauty peaches.

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Tropic Beauty peaches.

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Early May Harvest. Fava beans, turnips, peaches, mustard greens and more

4 May

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April harvest. Fava beans (broad beans), wild arugala, turnips and carrots.

26 Apr

Wild arugula is out of control. There’s so much! The seeds are tiny and I tried to plant them in containers but the dirt much dry out too much for them to survive. So my container grown arugula have not done well besides the very first attempt two years ago. At some point, I had my container arugula growing by the flower beds and since it went to seed, those seeds have become really “wild” so now it grows within all my other intentionally planted veggies.

Carrots are container grown so are small and stubby. The turnips – I didn’t bother to thin them after sowing – instead, I’m just harvesting the bigger ones which allows the smaller ones to grow although sometimes when I pull up the bigger ones, the small ones are accidentally pulled too. It’d all good, I get a couple of orange sized turnips a week.

First time growing fava beans. I bought a six pack of seedlings. They’re growing quite well but I couldn’t work out when to pick them. They taste better raw than cooked as they turn a big mushy. The inner shells are tough when the beans are fully ripe. I harvested a variety of sizes so instead of trying to work out which ones needed shelling, I just cooked them all (and had to explain to my husband what was going on with our fibrous dinner!).

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