Mid-January Harvest!

The garden is finally starting to produce a bounty of food for us to eat. This past week we harvested spinach, silverbeet, rocket, carrots, button squash, tomatoes and corn. Still not as many squash as Jamie would like, but enough for a side.

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We have never had much luck with corn at home. This year we have planted it in our plot at the Happy Patch community garden and while it is only five feet tall there are loads of cobs. Next year we plan to plant seed directly into the soil rather than use seedlings to see if they grow taller. We picked the first two cobs on Thursday and they tasted sensational! Four minutes in the microwave and they were cooked to perfection; no need for butter or salt on organic corn!

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Jamie received a visit from Wizard the lizard while at the patch. He is a friendly chap.

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Also at the patch, the pumpkins are growing very well and the watermelon in covered in flowers. No fruit yet, but we are reasonably confident.

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Hopefully the weather for next week doesn’t harm the plants too much! We have erected shadecloth over the more fragile lettuces and tomatoes, but the rest of the plants will have to cope with extra water every day.

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Fingers crossed everything survives the ridiculous weather!

In other news; we finally achieved our water goal this week. According to SA water we are a one person household with no garden. The reality is highlighted on the bill. Love having rainwater for all our veggies!

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About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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2 Responses to Mid-January Harvest!

  1. Barbara Good says:

    Love growing corn too and have always done it straight from seed planted direct with good results. I haven’t picked any so far this year, but it’s coming on nicely. The water bill is interesting, there was a push in Victoria a couple of years ago to limit your water usage to 155L per person per day, which have always managed to do or less. But this year in our new house we’ve had to use town water for the garden – an lots of it – so I am dreading our bill. Plus the kids have played under the sprinkler a lot on these hot days, but how can you refuse them that treat when they’ve been stuck inside away from the intense 40+ degree heat all day.

    • Rachel and Jamie says:

      We are lucky as we have a pool; perfect for hot days. I know the bill will go up next quarter; the rain water tanks have run dry and we have had to top up the pool twice this summer.

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