Saturday, October 10, 2009

Out on the range

I’m a serial gardener. I have my home garden, a plot at a friends place in the rural area and a couple of rows at the Steiner school full of flowers and easy pickings for the kids. And yes it does tend to dominate the weekends.
The plot out at Anna and Johns house is a cooperative set up. My friend Tracey and I do all of the work and Anna pays for the infrastructure and water. We split the vegies 3 ways depending on who can use the produce. Tracey and I only go out to the plot once a week, and while this is good most of the time it does have its disadvantages when certain vegies need to be picked frequently.

We usually put in a couple of hours every weekend but never seem to get all the jobs done. The cpmost heap days usually require a bit more time.

Dwarf beans with dried peas in the background

At the moment the “all seasons” carrots are nearly at eating stage while our afgan yellow and blue carrots are flowering and seeding.

Afgan carrots, flowering

We have manged to grow realy nice crops of all seasons carrots here during the summer – they don’t bolt to seed.
Tomatoes (Gwens wilt free from Darwin) are fruiting but still green. We just pulled up the sno-pea plants and put them aside for gathering the seed at a later date (away from the mice). Cucumbers are fruiting, dwarf beans are just coming in. The wild rabbits are nibbling a few things otherwise we would have had zucchinis by now. We finally got around to putting some wire around the things we are wanting to grow.

Tomatoes with ethioppian cabbage seeding

The melons are growing well. We have butternet squash, jap punkin and ironbark pumkin as well as watermelons and rock melon. We can save seed from all of these as they will not cross with each other.
The Ethiopian cabbage is seeding and has a huge crop and the diakon radishes also have a big crop of seed.

Wom bok cabbage

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