Sunday, 21 December 2008

Summer Solstice Greetings

Garden Log 21 Dec 08:

Today is the Southern Hemisphere's Summer Solstice

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 8.4C
Lowest Max 22.5C
Highest Max 31.8C
Rain 3 mm

With Christmas fast approaching it's great that the garden can take care of itself and all I need to do is harvest the food!

We managed to pick all the Cherries last week
...many were dried and frozen for later use
...our son took a bag full to eat on his way home after his Christmas visit
...others were shared at our local Permaculture group breakup picnic.
The rest...we are still enjoying here.

Strange things are happening with the Golden Nugget Bush Pumpkins...I have lovely golden ones, others with green pumpkins and one of the green ones definitely is not a bush pumpkinrolleyes...I'm sure the fruit will still taste great.
Just makes gardening more interesting. lol

Those Giant Pink Banana Pumpkins
are growing as I watch them.
Both the pumpkins and the vine!!!

It's quite a contest around here that we strive to have ripe Tomatoes by Christmas Day...this year the weather has really been far to cool for tomatoes to be ripening...except for these tiny little Ida Gold Cherry Tomatoes I found in the Kitchen Garden...looks like we'll have a couple for Christmas after all. wink

Remember the Jalapeno Hot Pepper
plant that survived winter...well it's flowering!

So too are the Kangaroo Apples (Solanum aviculare)...actually a member of the same family as peppers, tomatoes and potatoes. These guys are Aussie natives (the fruit is edible only when completely ripe) and are planted in the Bush Food Bed in the main Veg Garden.

Harvest Tally:
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making.
Zucchini Costata Romanesco^^^^^250g
Zucchini Black^^^^^600g
Dwarf Beans^^^^^20g
Pontiac Potatoes^^^^^356g
Lebanese Mini Cucumber^^^^^114g
Apricots^^^^^3000g (these were dried)
Boysenberries 8g (the first ones)
plus 2 Black Mulberries off the tree for testing. mrgreen

The first little Lebanese Mini Cucumbers are ready.


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