Last night I was tapping away in earnest on the laptop. It’s time for another Garden Share Collective update.
What’s happening at Frog Pond Farm?
The garlic is growing great guns, as are the leeks.
The brassicas are starting to get some size and those broad beans have finally started to flower. The salad garden is bursting with greenery and my golden Detroit beetroot are showing some fancy colour above the soil.
Coriander flowering the beneficial insects love this
Our orchard is still sleeping, with the exception of the almond tree which is boasting some blossom already!
My garden never ceases to amaze me. I wish I had the same vigour .. I would bottle it and make a fortune! If only ..
Seriously though, there is something so special about growing your own food. I can’t believe that I enjoy lugging a watering can around a hillside splashing foul smelling brew over my plants while offering words of encouragement to plants as I slip and slide down the slope, or pout as I spy new slug damage on my brassicas (cheeky).
We are enjoying a variety of herbs – all the usual ones of course, plus others that are a bit fancier .. chervil, lemon grass, pineapple sage and Vietnamese mint (a favourite in Asian salad dressings).
Beautiful pineapple sage
Needless to say, those wonderful self seeded lettuces (Freckles) are doing a fine job thrown into Caesar salads with a mix of bacon, anchovies and chunks of bread cooked in garlic and melted butter (oh delicious – not everything has to be healthy does it?).
And then there are beetroot, NZ spinach, celery, fennel, lemons, peas, carrots, spring onions and yacons dug and hoisted from the damp soil. Perfect!
Does it count that I have been raiding the freezer too and enjoying peaches and strawberries from summer months baked in pies and topped with crumble?
Don’t know about you, but nibbling on peas straight from the garden while taking photos is my idea of fun.
- I have prepared my summer planting plan but it needs finessing
- Sharpen the secatuers as the pears and apples will need pruning soonish
- Sow some flowers and other salad veg for those summer gardens which I can’t stop dreaming about
- Weed, feed and throw around gardening cheer
- Toss the compost
- Feed those wonderful worms in my ‘worm farm’
- Get out and about more with my camera
- Take photos of the brilliant meals hubby cooks
- Throw more mulch about in the veg garden
- Contemplate building a chook tractor (Dan where are you?)
- Scratch my head and wonder why I didn’t prune the feijoa trees – whoops!
That’s it from me. .. happy gardening. And a big thanks to the lovely Lizzy for this great monthly initiative.
Just for Francesca!