Monday, July 6, 2015
This year I have tried harder to keep the garden going, and think about what might actually be grown achievably. Brassicas are an obvious choice, they grow well in colder weather, and don't bolt. With the added advantage of a lack of white butterflies. So this year, in late summer, early autumn I planted Brussell Sprouts, Broccoli, Cabbages and Kale. It is with my happiness I can announce that soon I will have Cauliflowers to eat. The plants have good full leaves and pudding bowl sized caulis maturing in their centres. I have tied them up once when we had a threat of snow (which never eventuated), as the top of the white cauli will go brown if frosted off. Today I will have to go out and do that again, as we have more bad weather forecast.
The broccoli are forming up well, with tennis ball sized heads, the curly kale are edible, and we have been using the leaves as they grow, for both kale chips and kale in butter etc. The brussel sprouts I'm not sure about, growth wise. They are much maligned, but I love them, however although there are tiny "sprouts" at the base of each leaf, I'm not sure if they will be dense enough to be a proper brussel sprout or of they will bolt to a loose leaf shape. Time will tell here.
Lettuces under cover have grown really well, and we have eaten several butternut lettuces as "Caesar Salad", they seem to tolerate the cold much better than I had imagined, and the tunnel cover just gives them a bit of shelter from the frost.
In other news, I planted out 3 rows of Garlic, from my own bulbs from last year. I had so much garlic last year, we still have bags of it stored, and I had plenty to use as seed garlic. I also planted "Pukekohe Long Keeper" white onion sets, they actually look a bit "sad" but I am hoping they will perk up.
The seeds I put in for both Mange Tout peas and pod peas have not germinated well, with only a few small plants showing above the soil. I haven't given up on them, but hold out hope that come spring the rest will germinate eventually.
This is my Garden Share Collective post for July, you can have a look at all the other gardens if you google it.
Jobs Undertaken this Month: planted Garlic, Onions, Coriander, tied up Cauliflowers.
Harvesting Now: Spring Onion, Lettuces, Parsley, Leeks, Kale
Jobs to do this Month: Weed, watch for Frosts, prune the last Grape, add more soil to the planter beds
Sunday, June 21, 2015
I don't watch a lot of tv, but I happened to turn it on and a show called Britains Best Bakery wasvon. The judges were just talking of Sourdough bread.
My only experiences of sourdough bread have not been great. My mother once famously tried to catch yeast and baked bricks...a german lady gave complicated instructions for rye flour and a heavy result which I didnt think was very palatable. ...and i have made dough and left it overnight then baked it, but it was missing the holey, chewy texture.
So I listened carefully to these instructions and here is what I got. Beautiful bread!
So, mix 1c plain flour and 2c cold water, cover with gladwrap. Leave overnight on the bench. Next day and every day for 5 days add 1c of flour and 1c water to it. Afterva week it should be fizzing and bubbling. Take off half the mixture add 2t salt, 1c water and enough flour to make soft dough. In my case this was about 4c flour. knead 10 mins. Leave in a bowl to rise for 6hrs (i put in the warming drawer). Shape then bake about 30 mins at 180c
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Then this morning I harvested, not bad for a winters morning,
In other news, my Broccoli are growing really well...
and I have a Garden Shed ready to be put up! I can't wait
Monday, June 1, 2015
|One of the many Grapes that I need to prune soon|
First the ground was just too dry (you can see by the paddocks in the distance in my photos just how dry we still are), and then when finally we got some rain, it was too cold....we've had sleet and cold temperatures, and I fear that my seeds will come to nothing now. Or maybe they will come up in Spring, I haven't quite given up on them.
Brassicas are doing well, now that the white butterfly is gone, thank goodness.
They have large leaves, and good growth, and I have high hopes of some nice veges from this patch.
Cauliflowers, Broccoli and Cabbages are in here
|Lettuces under cover|
Jobs Undertaken this Month:
- dug out all the Potatoes that never did anything, they were rubbery and inedible. But at least I got that bed tidied up.
- Covered the Lettuces with netting tunnels
- Pulled up the French Beans and saved seed for next year
- Spring Onions
- Artichokes (still!)
Jobs to do next Month:
- Prune the Grapes
- Plant out Onion seedlings
- Dig in Chook Poo
- Prune the Boysenberries
- Plant Garlic
This is my Garden Share Collective Post for the Month of June