While the old saying that "all good things must come to an end" certainly applies to some of our vegetables in the garden, new ones are finally coming to the peak of their production. Last night I picked, podded and froze the last (well almost) of the peas. We now have 51 small, 1 cup bags of peas in the freezer, ready to use over the coming Winter months. We grew all of those from under one packet of seed so for just a very small $ outlay and a bit of love and labour....and they taste delicious! Another last is the Raspberries. I have always wanted to grow them so last year I bought 10 raspberry canes and 2 plants in pots.
I have managed to keep the birds away and have enjoyed quite a few feeds off them......and I know for sure that next season I will have 20 times more.......check out all of the new canes......next season's fruiting wood......I think that it has certainly helped that they are planted near the drainage line for our waste water!
So while the peas and raspberries are finished, the cucumbers, zucchinis and beans are well into producing and will go on for quite a while. While we have had a few feeds off the beans, they are now producing way too many to use so last night I started on blanching and freezing the excess.......6 bags done with lots more over the coming months.
The strawberries are also producing well (about 4 - 5 punnets a week) and having spent about $75 on plants they have just about covered the cost and now we are eating for free.
The Beetroot is ready for a Beetroot Chutney making day, the capsicums are coming along nicely and keeping us in supply, the chillis are starting to turn red, the spring onions are tasting great, the tomatoes are growing well but are slow to ripen, the pumpkins still look sad but we will get probably about 20 pumpkins from them so at least it isn't all bad, the carrots are finally looking like they are almost ready, the parsnips have huge leaves but I know that they are all show at this stage and will not be fooled into pulling any up, and the lettuce bed is almost full.......and in light of the recent food poisoning scare I am certainly glad that we grow our own!
And of course there is my 'baby'. Remember on the 25th January I blogged about my Watermelon........well here 'he' is as of last night.....
So in under 2 weeks it has grown into this.......
Yes I took my tape measure down to have a little bit of a measure.
Now I just have to make sure that the Bush Rats don't decide that they want him more than me! Stay tuned for more measuring dates!