It’s time for another The Garden Share Collective update. A monthly community of like minded garden bloggers who put pen to paper to share their vege patches with all those interested – the trials and tribulations of growing your own! Thanks Lizzie and congrats to you on the birth of Isla.
This weekend has been another harvest for us, but olives this time around not grapes. The weather has been perfect and thanks to our neighbours who turned up in force to help. Bless them. Such a great community out here, I honestly don’t know what we would have done without them. And a massive thanks to my good buddy Tricia who kindly lent us her nets, crates, ladder and her precious time. What a girl!
So all up we have picked about 180kg of olives – not bad for their first harvest. Many trees had little fruit while several were massive croppers … Frog Pond Farm olive oil is on the way.
The weather has been hot and dry and my poor vege garden is looking jaded. I need to get out there today and give it some much needed TLC.
What do I have to do?
Lots actually! Weed gardens, fertilise garlic and brassicas and the red onions which I poked in a bed last week. I have a tendency to overplant but I was good this time around – approx 6 – 8″ between onions and approx 14 ” or so between rows. I need to get the Egyptian walking onions into their new home too – that’s on the agenda for this afternoon. Also, I have to get back into pruning the orchard and now I’ll just add the 50 odd olive trees to that (great!).
We are still eating beetroot, spring onions, herbs, sorrel straight from the garden, and now I have added kale to the list as well. Plus loads of chillies which I am drying in the oven, or chopping up and throwing into soy sauce which is delish with Asian tucker.
Bananas are ripening beautifully in the garage and we are still eating feijoas (all the time at the mo) and garlic, spuds, walking and red onions from storage. Plus Ricki our bee man, gave us 4 jars of our very own honey.
Well another hurried post … sorry it has been one of those weekends.