Warfare, Death and Destruction… well the latter anyway. Continue reading
Light as a feather and silent as night, the first frost of winter falls and we waken to a white dawn…. Continue reading
Happy Easter Weekend to all my readers … the theme of this week must be Indian Summer … and what better way to celebrate our late burst of summer-in-autumn than this shot of Michael and Sophie doing a bit of garden yoga over the Brassica beds. Continue reading
A cornucopia of carrots ! We had an Open Day here at Milkwood on Sunday so to cater for 60 visitors + the resident community here Rose asked me to pull all the mature carrots. Continue reading
Friday morning – it felt a little chilly overnight so when I did my pre-breakfast walk through the garden I took this photo of my morning temperature reading… the lowest this year. Winter is coming. Continue reading
Week 29 already, mid-March, 3 days to the Equinox – we had a debate here about the end of summer/start of autumn : is it 1 March or the Equinox ? There are various answers – whatever you decide the summer fruits are ending and winter crops going into the ground now. Above see Michael planting out Red Drumhead Cabbage in their soil blocks. Continue reading
“Rose” I called “More tomatoes”. There followed a muffled scream from inside the kitchen….. well who can blame her ?
In the past 2 months she has chopped, dried, reduced, baked, Vercoled and sliced 536kgs of the red beauties.
OK she has had some help from most of us (see the picture of Tomatoe lovelies above with cheery smiles) but the responsibility has been hers….
and not a bare foot has been used (sadly – oh to be in Italy or Spain …..). She told me the other day that she has now made over 150 Vercola jars = about 150 litres of chopped tomatoes and passata sauce. Not bad – and there are several tens of tomatoes still in the cool room. Continue reading
Has it been a wet week or wot…. 98mm up here in the hills that are home to Milkwood Farm and OMG – that’s 1/6th of the annual average.
So much rain fell on Thursday and Friday we feared a flood on the creek flat and so decided to dig up a lot of potatoes just in case and so they did not get washed away.
And here we are washing and inspecting them before storage in the dark of the Woolshed store room – amused by Baz and serenaded by the ever musical Harris in red gum-boots.
I think this must be the star of the show this week – a seriously large and heavy Red Pear tomato (900gms).
And what a week for harvesting it has been – 101kg of fresh, organic, home-grown food thus :
Onions (15.8kg), Cucurbits (27.1kg), Fruits – mostly tomatoes (32.75kg), Beans (3.9kg), Potatoes (21.6kg), Salad leaves (1.3kg) – blog post to come of some of these beauties.
Another damp week at Milkwood where we got 35.5mm of rain and a few dull days.
Where has summer gone ? A bit more sun would bring some of the solanaceae to ripen faster, but the leafy greens and salads love the cooler weather.
Here is Paul, a graduate of the last Milkwood PDC and now WWOOFing for a while, with 1.5kg of spinach. Yum.