September saw a beautiful start to Spring. The overnight rain made the veggie patch sparkle with dew in the morning light. It would all look so fresh. We had a run of overnight rain so much so that I would make sure that I didn’t leave the washing out on the line!
Yep, rosemary is robust herb. A hardy plant that is easy to take cuttings from. The rosemary in my garden was all planted from cuttings that I took when I was at TAFE. It is now growing healthily. I noticed that it started flowering. The flowers are dainty. Rosemary to me has a strong flavour which can be overpowering if you use too much. So seeing the rosemary have these pretty flowers reminded me of a friend that can be tough and tenacious but has a sweet gentle side to her.
I used rosemary a bit in the kitchen this September. The usual way I use rosemary is when I’m making roast lamb but I discovered how tasty it is on roasted potatoes. We had harvested kipfler potatoes from the school veggie patch. For the kids cooking class, we roasted these with olive oil, salt and rosemary. They were so tasty that ever since then I have sprinkled rosemary on my potatoes before I roast them.
Figs and Mulberries
OK so the figs aren’t ripe yet but there is a bunch of green figs on my tree. I haven’t covered these figs yet. Every time I see them I think I must do something about those figs. I enjoyed my first fresh figs from this tree earlier this year so I know that I do not want to share them with the birds. I have a feeling that the birds will not be sharing any with me if they get to them first!
The mulberry tree actually is on our neighbours side of the fence. But its branches overhang into our garden. I’m always amazed at how quickly the leaves grow on this tree. One day the branches are bare. The area underneath it where there are two containers of lettuce and a pepino plant is getting the afternoon light. Come spring and the tree is quickly covered with large green leaves, blocking the light to what is growing underneath.
The kids have been eating mulberries from this tree so I just prune some of the lower branches so light filters through to what may be growing underneath.
A Bit of Broccoli
It was only a tiny bit but I did get to enjoy some broccoli from the veggie patch. The broccoli plants were overtaken by the rampant nasturtium plants. It was a lovely surprise to find some florets when I was culling the nasturtiums.
Natures Cycle Of Endings and Beginnings
It can be hard for me to pull up plants that have been productive. The Tuscan kale plants and snowpeas had come to the end of their cycle. I knew that these had to be pulled up to make room. These were added to the compost heap to allow them to break down and be productive in a different way.
Cucumber seedlings have been planted where the snowpeas used to be. There is a trellis here and I hope to train the cucumber plants up to save space instead of having sprawling cucumber plants in the patch. I did this with one cucumber plant and it went OK so let’s see how it goes this time. Another reason is that I hoping to combat powdery mildew by keeping the leaves off the ground so they don’t get damp in the humid weather.
The dill plants had toppled over. Their seed heads were large and these were collected. I haven’t saved dill seeds before. It seemed crazy not too looking at the massive seed heads. The seeds will give me new dill seedlings eventually. I love that – a plant ending its cycle now but giving me the possible beginnings of a new cycle in the way of seeds.
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