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Carrots and Beets

8 Oct

Teeny tiny seedlings! I know you’re not supposed to grow and transfer beets and carrots but that’s what I’m doing anyway. The dry weather has made it hard to control water levels to sprout seeds so I’m doing it in a Tupperware container!

I believe transferring beets and carrots are not recommended because they end up a funny shape but these are cylindra beets and round carrots.
Hopefully I will get some sort of edible root no matter what shape 🙂

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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 🙂

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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