Posts Tagged ‘lemon’

In which the show comes to town!

Every year on the first Saturday in March, our local town has a show. One of the men in charge in the exhibition hall goes to our church, and one year when he was visiting us, he showed me how to pick rhubarb and prepare it for the show. Thus began my association with the show, which now sees me acting as a steward, as well as showing vegetables and cooking.
It’s one of those daggy things to do that make the show a really fun outing. Because I’m a steward, I get there really early, so my entries look very lonely for a while. Soon however the shelves fill up. From that point on though, I don’t know what’s happening with my entries, because my area of responsibility is the art section.

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At the end of the day, once all the artwork is judged and displayed, I get to rush back and see how my babies have done. This year, despite terrible weather, and me being away, the babies did very well, thank you. My highlights were my zucchinis and pink cordial which both won best in section, something I’ve never managed even once until this year. Also bringing home the bacon were beans, pumpkin (already in today’s soup for lunch) beans, tomatoes, strawberry chilli sauce, watermelon, tomatillos and cucumbers, (although the cucumbers managed to come second in a class where they were the only entry, so don’t be too effusive in your congratulations!)
So, in my acceptance speech, I’d like to thank Mr Gorgeous for his tireless watering efforts in 40 degree heat while I was away.

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Now, to what’s going on in my garden at the moment. Thanks to Lizzie at the Garden Share Collective for keeping me regularly blogging.

The Garden Share Collective

There are beans everywhere. Despite losing all their flowers in the hot weather, the plants have lived on, and are now blooming and producing lots of beans.

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The tomatoes are very late this year. I’m only just starting to get good crops now

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I’ve separated my melons from my pumpkins, thanks to some extra room this year, and finally I’m getting melons. This watermelon (sugar baby, I believe) plant died suddenly, so I’ve been bringing the melons in to eat. They were underripe, but still delicious and refreshing.

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I haven’t planted anything this month. This will almost certainly leave me with a gap in my produce, but I’ll try and plant a few brassica seeds this week, and some tomatoes and carrots. If it’s not too late, I’d like to put a few more beets in. I get a monthly email from gardenate which tells me what I can plant, although I’m never sure whether I’m temperate or cool climate here.

As soon as we get some rain, I need to start some weeding, especially of paspalum and of the strawberry patch. Also, there’s an orange winged bug I need to research to see whether it’s friend or foe.

Just as soon as I finish basking in glory…..

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In which we completely ignore the to-to list!

We’re having a lovely long weekend in the garden. But, as is our wont, we’ve started one job, which reminded us of another, then been distracted by something else, until we’ve ended up doing a completely random bunch of stuff.

After years of staking my peas with a labyrinthine system of strings and counter strings, which I have to train the peas up, much as one would train a puppy (but that’s next week’s story), this year, I have bitten the bullet and bought a whole roll of wire mesh. Usually, I plant my rows of peas north/south, as I think that would give them more sun, but this year I fitted them in around what was still kicking on from my summer garden, so I hope they are impressed enough with their new trellis  to thrive anyway, despite some extra shade.

The newly staked peas

The newly staked peas

This always seems a very unfruitful time of year. The summer bounty is all in, but the winter crops aren’t producing yet. I do have kale, which I’ve continued to grow after last year’s adventures of eating from home and not shopping.

 

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I also have lots of Warragul greens, which I noticed on TV, being used by a chef, so they must be good! Anyway, I decided to go out and see what I could rummage up, and found some capsicums which were not changing colour any more, due to the cold, loads of lemons, and the last of the chilli harvest.

This week's harvest

This week’s harvest

The lemons have been made into cordial, the capsicums are still in the to-do pile. Actually, they’re still out on the bench. Excuse me for just a moment while I put them in the fridge…

The chillies have been strung up, and I’ve hung them near the wood heater to dry. They may also end up smoked, given my fire lighting skills.

The chillies hanging out to dry

The chillies hanging out to dry

Over the past year or so, we have been having a running argument with a passionfruit vine. The vine stopped producing a few years ago, but after we pulled it out, the rootstock took on a life of its own. Despite attempts with poison, secateurs, and spades, it lives on. So yesterday, as part of our aimless trail, we attacked the roots in earnest, to a soundtrack of me thinking up possible blog titles for the activity (“In which we re-enact the movie Caddy Shack”,” In which we make the strawberry fiasco look like the garden of Eden”,” In which we discover a resident mole”…) SURELY, this time we have it licked!

The aftermath

The roots of the passionfruit. Surely we have killed the beast!

Finally, the Aunty Collector has been putting his (considerable) energies to good use, digging a hole for our bird feeder. I have a love/hate relationship with birds in my garden, but I love this feeder, and perhaps some seed in here will keep them out of my peas. Well done, son – it looks great!

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The new bird feeder