We’ve been experiencing some very changeable winter weather here in Melbourne. True most days have been quite cold (as our winter’s go that is), but some days have been lovely and sunny, others have been cloudy and drizzly all day and yet others have started out cold and foggy only to clear to wonderful winter sunshine. Mr Good and I took the girls into the city on the Queen’s birthday holiday with the intention of going to the aquarium because it was a fairly miserable day. But by the time we came out the other side of the city loop (an underground section of the train line) it was like another day altogether with glorious sunshine and clear, blue skies. We ditched the aquarium and headed for the zoo instead. Miss Three and I enjoyed a lovely afternoon in the garden last week. I had great intentions of getting on top of the weeding, but Miss Three convinced me that planting seeds was a better idea and who was I to argue with that! So we planted out the last lot of onion seedlings and put in lots of new seeds, some probably too late in the season but a bit of an experiment to see if we can fill the gaps in our harvesting in a couple of months. I was particularly inspired to do this given the repetitive nature of our current weekly harvest. So hopefully in the not too distant future we will have some variety in the basket.
But until then, it will be pretty much the same as previous weeks:
1. Silverbeet, this time for a curry as well as a few side dishes and to sneak into casseroles and so on. Is silverbeet a super-food? If so we are going to be super human really soon, either that or we’ll all turn green.
2. Pak Choy for the Chinese chicken hot pot. I’ve been really loving this vegetable, so we planted more seeds as well as some other Asian greens.
3. Turnips for a vegetable soup with barley yet to be made. Hopefully I’ll get around to baking some more bread rolls to serve with this soup.
4. Parsley, thyme and mint – the first two went into a chicken and leek pie filling that I made and froze for later in the week. More thyme went on the roasted pumpkin for a pizza topping. And the mint was for some minted peas.
That’s it for this week, same as last week but a few different uses. I’ll soon have some peas to add to the harvest as well as some carrots and parsnips and hopefully some celery as well. The cabbages are coming along nicely and the broccoli have all started to develop the main head. So while the basket is pretty boring at the moment, there is at least some potential growing in the garden.
For more harvests have a look here.