Hot weather finally arrives down south in here in Australia for the Summer, and while it means long swims at the beaches, the Summer garden enters survival mode until the Autumn rain hits., bringing many challenges and adventures to the edible garden.
By the time we pulled into the driveway at home it had been springing for a good couple of weeks. Weeds to the knee, tall grass and all the late daffs blooming. Every single vegetable had bolted to seed. It was apparent that (...)
Perfectly sized to be eaten by one person, the old heirloom variety called "Lemon Cucumber" (because of the colour of the skin, not taste) ticks all the boxes!
It's prolific, easy to grow, even here in our cold temperate climate, and miraculously develops a thick skin once it's picked, but remains sweet and juicy on the inside, without a hint of bitterness at all! It also tends to have a longer growing period than other cucumbers.
'Vigorous', 'perennial' and 'oddity' are just some of the words that jumped out at me from the. Seed packet of the "reuse tomato" traveller tomato, a Peruvian heirloom vegetable that made the cut for the new vegetables to plant in my ..(.....)
I really didn't think when I put in 2 very small "no dig" vegetable plots in our garden on the first weekend that we moved in, that in 5 years it would have grown to 13 veggie beds and now a greenhouse. Every few months i have (probably) annoyed the husband, asking "Can you put another one over in that corner?" or "You know what would go well over there?". Since its pretty apparent that I love growing food, when I came home from Ireland last year, there, it was, brand spanking new greenhouse...