Garden update

More sewing of seeds has been happening this weekend. I???ve sewn the seeds of beetroot Tonda di Chioggia, the white and red-striped beetroot and also Beetroot Small Wonders. We also planted more kale Cavolo Nero and some more purple sprouting broccoli.

The snow peas that got ravaged by the overnight munching a few weeks ago are starting to put on some new growth and I’ve also direct sewn some seed in the gaps between the existing plants. The seedlings that have sprouted from the bush pea Massey have also been transplanted into their permanent bed and again additional seed direct sewn – with plenty of barrier protection this time!

If you ever questioned the existence of the Autumn flush in a Canberra garden then doubt no more. On the 1st of March I direct seeded some bush peas Massey and some broad beans Aqua Dulce into the garden. Today we actually have pods on the bush peas (check out the photo) and the broad beans are flowering (but I will not expect to get pods on these before the frosts). The intention of this planting wasn’t to harvest crops before winter but merely to get the plants into the ground and to a size where they could over winter happily but be at an ‘advanced’ stage to crop as soon as they could come spring. We are also still regularly harvesting tomatoes, but I anticipate there will be a large green tomato chutney cook-up before too long.

On the non-veggie front my first Paperwhites (jonquils) of the season have started to flower. Sadly they have to stay outside because although I love the scent to TB they smell as if they were dog droppings. Our compost heap has also been the site of an experimental nest building – well tunnel excavation for nesting purposes – by a pair of spotted pardalotes. As our cat is far too successful a bird hunter we have erected barricades to stop the birds getting chewed while digging. I must say the pardalotes are very single minded and appear oblivious to all other activity while they are digging which doesn’t improve their chances. It is yet to be seen whether the hole meets the requirement and if they can put up with us, the cat and the crows and currawongs that live in our neighbourhood.


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