A Greenfoodie’s Garden Journal – Summer’s First Harvest

After a couple of tropical days last week, Spring was farewelled by massive thunder and lighting storms, a spectacular end to a flower-filled season. After the blossoms had fallen, the trees set about growing their summer coats of green (or red in the case of the ornamental plum which is so common in Canberra and which stands in contrast to all the greenery in the back corner of my garden). The tomatoes and snow peas have started shooting skyward and blossoming with their modest flowers.

Happy Snow Peas!

The snow peas must be particularly happy, with plenty of blossoms and big green ‘peas’ appearing it seems every time I turn my head. I cansnow peas coming out of our ears, not being able to eat them quickly enough. The tomatoes are also producing. One tomato each on the heritage plants and a few on the roma tomato. I am pleasantly surprised by how hardy and healthy the cherry tomatoes are with tiny, green cherries beginning to grow all over the plant.

The zucchini, with their not so modest flowers of orange gold trumpets, have been announcing their presence these last two weeks but for some reason they drop off before any fruit begins to form. I have been looking for the culprit but there seems to be none. I will keep my eyes peeled for offending critters whenever I’m out and about in the garden.

The nasturtiums are also trumpeting their presence in orange and I can sometimes catch their sweat scent if the breeze dies down a little. There is one nasturtium that doesn’t appear to be quite so happy though. I feel sad for it whenever I see its mangled leaves. I’m not sure what is eating it so voraciously or why that particular one. The tomatoes and lettuces around it all seem fine, although the basil does seem afflicted with the same problem.

Speaking of lettuces, I am stunned by the amazing success I’ve been having with them. Though the rocket shot to flower almost straight after it got its legs in the ground, the cos and mixed lettuces are growing strong and healthy. I expected a massacre from snails and slugs after the week of rains, the delicate looking greens surprised me and are providing some wonderful salads.

Raspberries Ripening

In even happier news, my raspberries are looking fantastic (as much as thorny, leggy plants can) and I have been eying the ripening berries greedily. This week I enjoyed my first delicious taste of a fresh plucked raspberry still warm from the sun. Heavenly! There are plenty more ripening and more flowers forming so I can look forward to a nice harvest. The only shame is that David isn’t here to taste the fruit of his loving labours.

I’ll tell you all about the strawberries and a rescued onion in my next post. Until then, may all your harvests be bountiful!

First Summer Harvest


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3 Responses to “A Greenfoodie’s Garden Journal – Summer’s First Harvest”
  1. dixiebelle says:

    Looks great!

  2. Abid says:

    Hi Aliza!We keep ours out in the wire baskets with the ooinns and garlic, it will dry out eventually but it does take a long time. Once it’s cut wrap it in a little plastic wrap and store it in the fridge. I read recently that if you put your ginger in a zip lock bag in the fridge that will last the longest. That makes the most sense since ginger does need moisture but too much will mold it so this way it will hold it’s own moisture and be able to breath.

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