Archives for: May 2008, 26
Well, the veggie garden is finally paying off. We have zucchinis that we've grown ourselves, spinach, chard, kale, beetroots and more lettuce than we know what to do with. The zucchinis are a bit of a problem though as they seem to have done really well and taken over half the plot; blocking the sunlight for the beans and peas. The beans are still valiantly climbing towards the light, however the gigantic zucchini plants (which I actually bought as they were meant to be bush varieties) are taking over the area.
Perth's interesting from a gardening perspective. Whereas the Eastern states seem to get most of their rain in the summer months, Perth appears to receive it predominantly over winter. This has been great for the plants and we hardly need to water them. The sandy soil has been a bit of a challenge, but with the addition of some compost, potash, lime and slow release organic fertilisers, it seems to be yielding well.
It could just be me, but the food tastes so much better as well. Roasted fresh beetroot has to be my favourite. The skin is still soft enough to leave it on while you eat them and leaving some of the stalks attached gives them a lovely crunch as well. When we harvested some carrots it was decadent to have steak with roasted carrots (with a little ghee and agave syrup), beetroots and walnuts.