See what I’ve done there with the post title? Hilaaaarious. Many an Etsy print/card/tshirt adorned with this cracker. Ahhhh word play. I have lettuces and beets to show you, no turnips though sorry.
I thought it high time I update you on the status of the ‘Carlton’ veggie patch…
Well, our iceberg lettuces have bolted, and I really must remove them but I kind of like the look of them going to seed! We planted our tomatoes on Caulfield Cup Day, people say to plant on Melbourne Cup but Matt’s mum (who knows these things) says no no – a week before. Duly noted.
Our silverbeet and spinach is going gangbusters. I can not get enough of the baby spinach and mushrooms with an insane amount of butter and garlic. We also planted some beans on the new fence, some wee little things that Matt’s mum sent us in the mail as ‘magic beans’. They were going well…until a 37 degree day just absolutely burnt their little socks off. No amount of water would save them. I’ve also lost a zucchini to the darn snails (along with my basil and sage).
Over near the chook pen we’ve got a little potato patch, Matt living out his potato farming dreams. Germination in the sand has been *ahem* less than inspiring though. Our neighbours also gave us what I think is a pumpkin (could be a zucchini though…) so that’s gone over there in the paddock to ramble about and do its thing.
I’m pleased to report that after much love and car my lime tree seems to be on the improve! Gosh, it was sad there for awhile… Along the falling down fence also near the chook pen grows what seems to be a completely dead old grape vine. Well I’ll be blowed if it doesn’t have little ruby grapes on it! Our more lively grape vines over near the orchard are fruiting readily also, Matt’s gearing up for perhaps one glass of wine from ‘our vineyard’!
After literally months of thinking my artichoke was all leaf and no glory, I’ve been watching it grow into an actual artichoke – or three! Love the look of these, aren’t they beautiful? I think it’s my favourite looking vegetable. Our sunflowers are reaching for the sky also, ready to give us a summer show.
Wandering about the orchard just now I spied something amazing – trees which I had long thought would not fruit, are fruiting! I found apples, and apricots and what I think are pears? I’m beside myself!
Figs are plumping up on the enormous tree, I tried to get a photo with Tess in it to show you the grand scale of our old girl. She’s just as wide again at the back from where I’ve taken this photo. I pulled up our beets finally too, ready for roasting, perhaps pickling and plenty of garlic-laden dip making.
Harvest is plentiful and yummy here at ‘Carlton’ – even without my basil and beans. Delicious stuff for the soul all this growth and digging in the dirt.
What’s growing in your patch?
Or rather what’s giving you grief?
Got sandy soil? Snails? Damn them!
Love the look of bolted lettuce and artichokes? Me too.