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Friday, March 30, 2012

Leaf spider

There are lots of leaf spiders in the garden at the moment, so called because they usually make their home in a rolled up leaf. This enterprising leaf spider used a snail shell. I'm reminded of the story of the three little pigs...

We spent a few hours at the beginning of the week weeding, adding some new soil to the garden beds, and sewing seeds. Lots of green shoots are now beginning to appear which hopefully in a few months will end up on our plates. Gardeners - turning dirt into food.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sparse harvest

It seems you can have too much of a good thing and we've had too much rain in NSW. The trees are loving it - especially the Ballerina apple and dwarf macadamia - with lots of new growth to be seen. But the veggie garden has stopped producing. Not enough sunshine for strawberries and tomatoes. The pumpkin, zucchini and squash are delivering tiny little specimens not worth harvesting. The only thing that is producing well is the eggplant/aubergine. The one below was sliced, coated in breadcrumbs and eaten schnitzel style.

Today I managed to find a lone pak choy to put with a shallot and a half-size capsicum as part of a sweet and sour pork dish. There are more eggplants to be harvested but no seedlings (too wet) so hopefully I can find some time this weekend to sow.