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.
Another week of amazing harvests from the OMG – this time of ripe and luscious Roma Tomatoes (here wheeled in by an amazed Andrea)
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.
Well it has been a very wet week – as I write this on Saturday afternoon after a day free of rain the land around Milkwood is still running water. Lovely and the OMG is loving it still. But we are happy now to see some sun after what seems like weeks without it ! I love a sunburnt country …..
Another PDC begins today so here is Sophie loading up with garden goodies to feed the masses that will arrive this evening for dinner.