I went to the Melbourne show today. The show is organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. I’ve been going to the show for years, ever since I was a kid, so I have seen how it has changed over the years. When I was really young the show very much emphasised animals, produce and farm machinery - it played up its agricultural origins. Over the years it has gradually commercialised with rides and showbags becoming more prominent. This year though I was really pleased with the amount of vegetable gardens they had throughout the venue. They may not have had as many chooks, sheep, turkeys or tractors as I would have liked but at least they had lots of veggies.
Sadly my garden beds are less prolific that the portable ones they had at the show. I am still waiting for my broad beans and kohlrabi to develop, but at least the radishes have matured. I love easter egg radishes. These I ate with a sprinkling of Mount Zero pink lake salt. I am experimenting with salts at the moment. I’d be interested to know if people think that one salt is very much like any other or whether there is a discernible difference between them.
Speaking of salt – I’m thinking I might try cooking these potatoes in salt like they do in the Canary Islands. They are Kipfler and I grew them in big pots over winter. The harvest was meagre but better than nothing I guess…..
The other new crop I harvested this week was beetroot. Sadly all my photos of them were really badly over exposed (tedious camera issues).
Otherwise it was more of the same this week, and that means lots and lots of green leaves:
At least I can eat lots of leaves whilst I plant out my tomatoes and dream of the kind of harvests they are getting in the Northern Hemisphere. To check them out head over to Daphne’s Dandelions.