Sunday, May 29, 2011

report from the trenches

With a spate of chilly, grey and wet weather I’ve given up and succumbed to hibernation. The garden is barely noticed, dull light deters photography and my cooking has been almost as inspiring as the weather.

But eat? Yes thanks, starch, starch and more starch. Hijacked by a primitive brain that anticipates a winter famine.

Potatoes: roasted, fried or jacket. Forkfuls of fluffy, warm goodness.
Rice noodles: with stir fried vegetables and crispy strips of tempeh, almost candied with kecap manis.
Delicious vegan burgers and hand cut chips.

Oh yes!

Between showers, it's too cold and wet to garden with any real gusto. The cos lettuce is growing very nicely, the odd bug dropping by for a snack but there are plenty of leaves left for me to consume. The cavolo nero has been visited by the sneaky little cabbage butterflies and is requiring some manual grub squashing. Fortunately they’re not interested in the rainbow chard and it’s slowly doing its thing but waiting for a little more warmth before it will take off. Strawberries are surviving, even with the odd flower and fruit, though this cold snap will surely put the end to that unseasonal folly.

The seed project has had mixed success. The spring onions are hanging in there but the coriander has grown so slowly that I’ve bought some seedlings in frustration. Parsley has been the only no show, so that’s also been purchased.

Newly added are a row each of heirloom carrots and parsnips, as well as garlic (that’s already sprouting), sorrel and garlic chives.

How’s your patch looking?

Rather dull photos, it’s soooooo grey here in Melbourne at the moment.

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Blogger K_Bom said...

Not dull at all, in fact I think the greyness accentuates the green cos leaves!

1:26 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Thanks. Though dull seems to be flavour of the month around here - am so sick of grey skies and whinging about the cold weather.

1:48 pm  
Blogger K_Bom said...

I'm just impressed you actually have anything edible in your garden at all. Mine's in a bad state ... and the chooks ate what little was left over from the abysmal summer.

3:12 pm  
Anonymous Lucy said...

it's looking good out there today!

(here's hoping...)

your cavalo nero's looking rather lovely.

8:50 am  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

KB - I let the garden run down in summer because we'd plan to build up the bed in autumn. So glad I didn't waste time and energy on such a dud growing season. Now the soil is so rich with manure and compost, whenever I dig the aroma is most rural :) Also it helps that it's in a sheltered, north facing spot.

Lucy - thanks. Hope to get out today to degrub it.

10:41 am  

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