Saturday, 2 April 2011

Fresh plantings

I planted out some new stuff today. Here's hoping there is a lot of good eating coming up in the next few months.
Not everything was planted but I made a good start.
Cauliflower, broccoli and brussels sprouts that has been started from seed were transplanted into the main bed. I've only tried growing these ones from seed once before and i was not successful so here is hoping they work out. I have had a lot of success with seedlings purchased from the store.

Here are some of the brassicas. Tiny as they are.

Snow peas and silverbeet that were planted about 2 weeks ago.

I also planted some spinach and leek seed today. 

And the egg layers ate lots of goodies again today.

How do i get to the other side of the fence?

More autumn days

I've been trying to prepare for some autumn plantings and in the process harvesting the summers leftovers.

I started by pulling out the last of the cucumber plants and harvested the cucumbers. There were another three that had started to yellow so I left them out of the picture. These ones will be good to eat. The worms can have the yellow ones.

I was also going to pull all the butternut pumpkin plants then found a couple more immature pumpkins so I left the plants and harvested the pumpkins. Hopefully there will be a couple more pumpkins in the next few weeks. We have already eaten about five of these and they are superbly delicious.

The beans are still going great. These are Blue Lake. Some were picked for last nights dinner.

Looks like it is the end of the potatoes. It is sad as they taste so good. We have been eating them for nearly three months now. It will be store bought ones from now on.

Of course our beautiful chooks gave us some more eggs.

All together now.

And some red to offset the other colours. This is a Jimmy Nardello in a pot. There are still plenty of chillies and capsicums around.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Picked a nice variety of chillies and peppers today. Most of these will be given away tomorrow.
I will hopefully make some sauce this coming weekend with the remainder that are on the plants.
I do have an unknown one in this bunch. It was supposed to be a 7 pot but what i think has happened is that it has cross bred. It does not surprise me as chillies and capsicums apparently cross very easily.

Below is todays pickings.
Top left is Naga Morich, top right 7 pot. In the middle is Thai. bottom left is the unknown ones and bottom right are the sweet capsicum looking peppers.
Due to my poor record keeping skills I do not know what variety the orange ones are. But I have kept seed as it is a good producer.

And a close up of the unknown one on the right and the 7 pot on the left. as you can see there is quite a difference. 

Update on taste test of the unknown one. One of them was cut in half and a taste test conducted. It is very worthy of an ultra hot chilli status, whatever it is. I'm hoping it is a 7 pot, Naga cross but I have no way of knowing.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011


Today I was given some horseradish by a good friend. The discussion came up yesterday and they said they did grow it.
How good was it this morning when I was given some rhizome. I cannot wait to get some good nose itching heat in the months to come.

I'm dreaming of a horseradish sauce smothered over roast beef. Here's hoping the planting has been successful.

Time will tell.