Hooray for the winter solstice and the beginning of the, ever so slow, return to longer days. Perhaps now my plants might start growing again. Even my ever reliable silver beet has had something of a go slow, but I did still manage three harvests from it this week. this is one of them:
The arrival of July has got me thinking about planting tomatoes and the sudden realisation that starting to think about preparing a bed for them might be prudent. The designated tomato bed had some beetroot in it which had pretty much stopped growing due to constant shade. I pulled them and some parsley in order to give at least part of the bed a few months rest before Spring planting.
Some of the beetroot became a salad with horseradish dressing which I served alongside some steak and chips. The parsley I’ve used in everything from salads to more braised lentils. This cavolo nero also went into the lentil dish along with the celery:
At the moment parsley is my most prolific grower, I have plants scattered throughout the garden and as a result I eat a lot of it. Here’s another harvest from this week with one of the last tamarillos and a lime.
Not to forget the broccoli which is coming along after getting off to a slow start. I’m growing a new variety which has very small heads but loads of side shoots and it is these that I’m now harvesting – not as often as I’d like admittedly, but only about half my plants are currently producing so I think I will start getting enough soon. In the meantime we’ll just have to eat a lot of parsley pesto and be grateful that at least something is enjoying winter.
For more harvests including many from much warmer climes head over to Daphne’s Dandelions for some serious harvest action.