This summer’s harvest is abundant despite planting a smaller than usual number of vegetable seedlings and collecting very little produce from our young summer fruit trees. Several neighbours shared their surplus fruit. Mary gave us lots of apricots and Ray and Joy shared lemons. We collected plums from Steve and Betty, peaches and nectarines from Nadja and pears from Ruth. I have been bottling most of these over the last week, adding thirty-five jars to the pantry and another dozen to the freezer.
This year our summer vegetables are growing in seven new raised garden planters laid out last winter. Meanwhile, a green manure crop is taking over the main fifteen square metres vegetable bed where seasonal produce has been growing for the last six years.
Two yellow zucchinis plants are producing about six medium zucchinis a week. We enjoy these steamed or raw, or cubed in salads. They are also delicious baked with a drizzle of olive oil and plenty of fresh herbs.
Despite being uprooted and replanted in late Spring, these two Silver-beet plants have been producing non-stop since Spring 2013. There is enough for us and plenty more to share with neighbours.
The ‘long sweet yellow’ capsicums turned out to be light green and five plants produce more than enough for daily snacks .
Cherry Roma and Currant Tomato bushes have been prolific bearers producing a punnet a day for us and more to share around the neighbourhood. When we want a break from eating them in salads, I cook them up with fresh herbs and garlic for a pasta sauce.
Madagascar beans need a strong trellis for support and produce for up to seven years. The pods are not edible but young beans can be eaten raw, tasting a little like broad beans. I usually leave the pods to dry on the plant before harvesting the dried beans.
We are also harvesting spring onions, oregano, basil, lemon balm, thyme, sage, lemon verbena, passion fruits and figs.
Thanks to Rachel of A Kailyard in Adelaide! I discovered The Garden Share Collective – a group of vegetable gardeners from across the globe who share their gardens every month. If you are interested in joining this project email firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details.
This blue tongue lizard has taken up residence among the rocks surrounding The Pond.