It is amazing what happens after a few days of rain followed by a day of sunshine. My veggie patch seemed to explode with new growth and it was the beginning of the nasturtium take over.
Nasturtiums on Steroids?
The nasturtiums in the patch are taking over. The leaf size and rambling growth is out if control. Nasturtiums will always pop up in the patch as I let them go to seed. Each year, they seem to be getting bigger though!
The leaves have a peppery flavour. I use these as a ‘wrap’. They aren’t too bad finely chopped and added to scrambled eggs either. They haven’t flowered yet so I will just be using the leaves for now.
I need to be keeping an eye on the nasturtiums. What tends to happen with rampant growth of one plant, others will get shaded out. This season, I will be ruthless and keep the nasturtiums under control. With self seeded edibles I can get a soft spot for them and let them go their merry way. Which doesn’t do the other plants in the patch much good.
I could not stand eating silverbeet when I was a kid. I needed to put tomato sauce on it to even put in it my mouth. These days my palate has changed. Silverbeet plants are unassuming. But they are the hardiest edible I have grown in the patch. Because of this I will try to have a few silverbeet plants in the patch. This will provide me with an ongoing supply of greens for months.
This month, I have been able to pick a few leaves from these plants. Yay!
I’m growing bush beans. I first grew bush beans because they are compact but feel like this will be the last time that I will grow them. I don’t seem to get the harvest quantity that I do from climbing beans. Before you think that makes sense – climbing beans are larger plants, I have grown bush beans and had abundant harvests from them. I will keep snipping the beans as soon as they are ready to eat so the bean harvest is extended.
Such a stunning edible. This is the first time I have grown red sorrel. If you can find red sorrel seedlings I would recommend that you grow them. The seedlings that were grown in morning sun have done better that the plants that are semi-shaded.
I added red sorrel leaves as part of a mixed salad. One of the prettiness salads I’ve eaten! They didn’t taste as lemony to me as the green sorrel. Sorrel does contain oxalic acid which can be toxic if eaten in mega large quantities. I have eaten sorrel for a couple of years now without any issues.
Tangelos taste like a cross between a mandarin and an orange to me. We seem to get a bumper crop every second year. This is without looking after the tree. But I do fear the lack of maintenance around this tree has seen it not be as healthy as it could be. I know this tree has been affected by citrus gall wasps because I can see those galls on the branches. Looking after the tree now will be important if I would like to enjoy future juicy tangelos!
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