Recent Harvests!

This week we have been kept busy watering as the temperatures have been very high again. Today the tents are back up and the ice blocks are in the compost as it is forecast to hit 43 degrees!

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The eggplants and capsicums are finally fruiting. They are quite a bit later than last year’s crop, but were planted around the same time. We are putting it down to the lower temperatures in December. The capsicum looked gorgeous, but when we picked it we found it had a small hole and its insides had been eaten by an unknown bug. Most disappointing.

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The jalapeños are finally turning red. I am looking forward to making a vegetable chilli in the next few weeks.

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Lots of grapes this year. Jamie sprayed them every fortnight with eco oil and eco fungicide as we have had an issue with powdery mildew in the past. This year we didn’t lose nearly as many though some did get cooked by the ridiculous January heat.

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The heirloom Digger’s Tigerella tomatoes have been fabulous and quite prolific. They are not as big as a conventional tomato, but bigger than a cherry; not quite large enough to preserve as I don’t enjoy peeling tomatoes. Tigerellas are red/orange with thin green stripes so look great and they taste amazing!  We have had a few Roma tomatoes too, but most are still green.

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We picked the Buttercup pumpkin as it had stopped growing. I think it objected to the magpies constantly pecking at it. It is not as large as it should be, but should still be tasty. It is going in tonight’s Vindaloo!

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At the Happy Patch we picked the last of the spinach, corn, cucumbers and rocket. The carrots and zucchini are still going. We plan on planting more carrots just as soon as the weather calms down a little.

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The squash there has been mostly as disappointing as at home. They look great to start with, but then shrivel up and die. We think it is the plant not the soil as the same is happening at home.

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The watermelons are growing so quickly; they went from 3 centimetres long to 40 centimetres in 10 days! We have found three so far, but there may be more under all the foliage. There are two large heirloom buttercup pumpkins too. I hope there are more hiding in the patch somewhere.

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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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3 Responses to Recent Harvests!

  1. alexisawood says:

    What does the ice in the compost do? Keep it from ‘cooking’?

  2. Barbara Good says:

    I’ve been scouting for pumpkins too amount the mountains of foliage, easier now that the heat effected some of the leaves. I think I have about five pumpkins that will get to full size (though it’s quite a small variety) which I am really pleased with. I wish I had room for watermelon too, my two girls would love that.

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