Change of Season

cropped-p1000527.jpgHello wonderful world!

It’s been a full & productive time on the farm of late. We are slowly moving out of our busy season and into the slower Summer season. Many of the Winter staples have gone, such as European Spinach, English Spinach, Dill, Dandelion, Flat Leaf Parsley, Ginger, Tumeric, Sweet Potato and Celery. Others are on their last legs, like Coriander, Bok Choy and Silverbeet. Broccoli and Cauliflowers will be over shortly too!! It’s sad to see our winter veges go, but we are equally excited to see all the new fruits and veges growing away madly! I cannot wait to taste new season Pumpkin or Zucchini’s for example! Oh my God and Watermelon!! Crikey…

Of course, it’s the first day of Summer tomorrow and we have been busily planting Summer fruits & veges over the past few weeks, including Zucchini, Pumpkin, Watermelon, Rockmelon, Ginger, Cucumber and some interesting greens like Ceylon Spinach, Kang Kong and Egyptian Spinach.

In our home garden, wich is constantly expanding, we have also been planting and harvesting. The Cherry tomatoes I planted a little while ago have been fruiting and are so delicious and sweet. Our Sweet Basil plants have been providing us with plenty of tasty leaves and our Garlic will be ready to harvest in the coming weeks. Spuds are going to be ready any day and I have just planted a new bed with two varieties. We have had a good supply of Leeks from our little garden beds, as well as plenty of Parlsey, Oregano and Chives. We have also planted Cucumber, Watermelon, Zucchini and Pumpkins right out front and everything is coming along nicely. We are so blessed to have a North facing slope to catch all the Summer sunshine.

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We recently purchased several seedlings from a local organic Seedling outlet. We just need to get some compost into our prepared beds and then we can plant Artichokes, Asparagus, Blueberries, Chillies, Rosemary, Thyme, Lemongrass, Greek Basil and Youngberry. Hopefully there will be a flourish of activity this weekend and we will get some or all of these things planted.

Here’s a pic of the new beds, ready for compost to be wheel-barrowed into them!!

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Speaking of compost, our backyard compost heap is continuing to work really well. We have been getting braver and adding up to 6 poo buckets and one full wheelbarrow of greens each time we do a new layer. We are adding a lot of water as it has been hot and dry so far this Spring, rather than hot and wet. Meanwhile, the micro and macro organisms are working away busily turning our human waste into wonderful compost. We estimate that we spend approximately 40 minutes once a fortnight taking care of the compost, although it gets some water every other day. It requires no turning so is not labour intensive as some compost piles can be!

Check out our Facebook page for pics of our Potato growing adventures. I have just constructed a new growing bed and planted several rows of spuds in two varieties. Hoping for a bumper crop when we return from Yoga Teacher Training in January!!

I will leave you with an image I took recently of our little spot on the farm – I hope it gives you an idea of the layout of our little place here. The road up to the growing fields can be seen right in the middle of the picture. Our shipping container on the left and the driveway to Rod & Tania’s on the right.

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