Monday, 29 June 2009

Purple Veg

Scarecrow's Log: 28:06:2009:

Of winter's lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer's secret
Deep down within its heart.
~Charles G. Stater~

Temperatures this week:
Lowest Min 0.7C
Lowest Max 12.9C
Highest Max 16.4C
15mm Rain

What's happening in the garden?

I picked the first Violet Sicilian Cauliflower and it tastes great!

Found a survivor Purple Dragon Carrot
in the Kitchen Garden.

We are still harvesting heaps of Lemons and juicing them for cordial and frozen juice for later in the year. I put the juice into ice cubes trays and pop them out into a plastic bag when they are frozen.
The skins are dried in the old car out the back and used as fire starters in our wood heater. They are very high in volatile oils so are just the thing to use.

It's been too cold and wet for much propagation this week but I'm studying the seed catalogues and checking through my seed stash to sort out just what to plant in spring.

New in the Garden This week:

The Radicchio - Rossa di Treviso not really new
but quite colourful on these dreary days.

We are slowly being over run by Nettles
time to brew up some more plant teas I think!

Weekly Harvest Tally:
Doesn't include Greens fed to the chooks on a daily basis or herbs picked for use in the kitchen for cooking or tea making.
Carrots Purple Dragon**161g
Cauliflower Violet Sicilian***1175g
Peas Roi de Carouby Snow***113g
Turnip Golden***632g

Plus a yummy mix of greens for soups/stirfries/salads...Kale, Lettuce, Watercress, Chives, Parsley, Sea Parsley, Beetroot, Turnip and Swede Greens.

Plus 14 Eggs from the girls. mrgreenmrgreenmrgreen


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