22 August 2011
We are in the midst of a blissful spell of early spring like weather here. While it has killed any likelihood that we would take C to see some snow this winter, it has called us all outside to spend some time in the garden.
There has been clipping and pruning and sweeping and weeding, and there is more pruning and clipping and turning and fertilising intended as we'd like to get some edibles growing in the garden again.
Which is not to say that, despite complete and utter neglect over the last year or so, our garden has not been productive. Sure, the thyme has died, but the Rosemary and Vietnamese Mint have been flourishing. Amazingly there is one red fruit on the little Chilli that the Mint had over-run. The Silverbeet and Lettuce and Carrot that I let go to seed have had babies. Not just one or two, but billions of babies, in a wonderful display of how amazingly vigorous nature can be (and the perils of neglecting your veggies). Yesterday as we tended lawn, we were pulling up Lettuce and Carrot seedlings along with the other "more expectable" weed varieties.
The bunch of carrots above came from the veggie patch itself, a generous serving to contribute to dinner one night this week. Even better looking than the carrots I tried to grow. A reminder of how sweet and tasty fresh home grown foods can be, and some encouragement to pay it a little more attention this year.