What I'm planting now.....
I've planted out some more broccoli (purple and romanesco) and some cabbage. I expect to have trouble with the cabbage moths but I have enjoyed eating the brassicas so much that I can't bear to live without them.
I was given some Jerusalem artichokes which I was told to contain well so that they don't spread. Hubby planted them in the tank garden which is the only bed outside our yard. Hopefully the 'roos and wallabies don't wreck them.
I'm holding off on putting my summer seedlings into the ground. I want the soil to be a bit warmer before I plant them out. We are still getting cold nights and, while I don't expect more frost, the ground is chilly.
We're still getting a few side shoots of broccoli for the occasional broccoli soup. The spinach is still going strong and is used in nearly every meal. We have silverbeet as well but I've not really used it because I prefer spinach while it is available. The kids hate it and will be glad when the season's over! I feed the silver beet and kale (which is flowering) to the chooks at the moment.
We're getting enough asparagus for a meal about every four or five days at the moment. I made an asparagus quiche for a baby shower yesterday. One young friend raved about it. I like to think it was my fresh asparagus that made it so good!
We have a few sugar snap peas ready now but not one has passed through the door. The children wander around the garden munching on marigold petals and peas. Occasionally they'll pick a young rhubarb stalk and eat it raw dipped in sugar.
Hmmm! I still haven't finished that mulching that I told you I was going to do. Even after telling you how important it was! So I'd better pop that on this month's list. I'm also going to keep my eye on the kale, rocket and broccoli which are flowering. I don't know if the seeds will be ready this month or next. I hope they don't take too long because I want to collect the seeds then pull them out to make room for more plants.
I'm also wondering about sowing basil seeds again but maybe I should just buy a punnet from the garden centre. I sowed some but they didn't come up. I'm not sure if the seeds are old or if my new seed system was at fault. I came up with the idea of creating a seed bed in the garden. I popped bricks down to hold a glass window and I figured the bricks would give the seeds added warmth. I sowed broccoli, kale, beetroot and basil. The broccoli did well and have since gone in the garden, a couple of beetroot came up and that was all.