Sunday, May 18, 2008

A Quiet Patch

May, and the days are getting shorter and colder. Not much happening in the vegie patch. The seedlings I planted two weeks ago have settled in nicely except for the brassicas, the cavolo nero and the broccolini. Some bugger has eaten these seedlings down to the ground, leaving the lettuces right next to them, alone. Go figure.

At the moment we are harvesting heaps of citrus fruit, mainly grapefruit and limes. Oh, and we harvested our first and only Brazilian cherry, the first fruit in 5 years. The Brazilian cherry was one "magical mystery" plants we decided on in our orchard. The plant itself is quite attractive, and has done well, but until now it has never fruited.

Today Action Man and I went halves in the fruit. It had a unique taste - sweet, tart with a medicinal overtone. I can't say that Brazilian cherries would have an avid following out with the masses.Still, it is a very attractive fruit, the red is like nothing I've seen on any other fruit.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Compost and seedlings

A few weeks ago our unloved compost heap was given a new home, courtesy of a couple of pallets, some star pickets, wire and about 1 hour. Until now the heap was exactly that, a heap behind the shed. In summer it was always a battle to keep the kikuyu off it, so I've coveted some proper "bins" or "compartments" or whatever you call them ever since. Anyway, Action Man came to the rescue finally and fashioned our bins. He is very useful, you know.
In other news, this morning I've been to the local market, making a beeline for the seedling stall. I LOVE this seedling stall. I'm like a kid in a lolly shop, and mark "market day" on the calendar so I know exactly how long until my next seedling fix. They have trays of seedlings on the tables, and you get to fill your seedling punnets with whatever you want, so you get to mix and match to your heart's content. The array! The choices! Today I bought more leeks and fennel, radicchio, red cabbage, cavolo nero, broccolini, tat soi and a punnet of mixed lettuce including a variety called red elk which I haven't tried before. Although I had planned to sit and sew some yoga pants this afternoon, the day is too nice to miss an opportunity to plant, so that it is what I'll be doing...