May the roof above us never fall in
And may we good companions beneath it never fall out.

~Irish blessing

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Winter Vegetables

The first half of Winter has been a quiet time in the edible garden. With our limited planting space, by the time I pull out the summer crops it always takes awhile to get the winter seedlings going. But while I've been focusing on the ornamental garden, planting roses and the like, the winter vegetables have crept up quietly.

The aqua dulce broadbeans in the far bed are now tall and strong with the pretty black and white flowers forming.

Perpetual spinach (I think a silvertbeet hybrid) is almost at harvesting size and the broccoli romanesco is forming beautiful fractal lime and purple heads. Possums please stay away - I really want to taste these!

The beginnings of white alpine strawberries are appearing under the apple trees.

 And I've got more leafy greens on the way including this Baby Leaf Provencal Mix from Diggers which they describe as having "Hints of pepper and aniseed and the bitter sweet combination of baby lettuce leaf and endive. The complexity of flavours is reminiscent of Provence." Can't wait to try this one.

Plus more spinach...

 ...and Cavalo Nero (Tuscan Black Cabbage) emerging in pots. 

A little late but hopefully will make it into a soup or two before the weather heats up too much. It's icy today so that feels like a long time away!

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