It is cool and very windy down in the Huon Valley, with a possibility of showers. It has been like this most of the last week.
I harvested all my garlic ( I know I was going to leave it till the summer solistice, it was just to wet and warm at times, I was afraid it would begin to go mouldy) and I am very happy with the results. I hope to be picking up my camera on Monday so will be able to return to photos as well as my words. I have over 200 head of garlic, some are small, but will still taste lovely. Majority of it is a good size. So I will have cloves to plant next season, and a lot to use for us. This was a sucessful year for garlic.
We have had a harvest of just over 10kgs of broad beans, and we ate nearly all of them. I have some pods drying for seed next year, and I will buy the red flowering seed varitey to plant as well for next season. So this was a sucess story aswell.
I am very happy with my flowerpot garden so far. I have flowers on some of the tomatoes already and all are growing well. Mind you the same is true of the self seeded one, though they are smaller but very healthy.
I picked some strawberries both my red ones, and my white variety, in fact I had a lovely handful of red currants, jostaberries and a few raspberries, along with the strawberries. It was so good since I grew them all! For me that is being a success.
The beans in the vegie garden are growing and some in a pot on the deck are flowering, they are scarlet runners. They have lots of flowers on them. I must have got very carried away with planting seeds. As in this pot is a star jasmine, and I added sweet peas, which we have been getting quite a lot of flowers off. I also have some violets growing, not planted by me? Then I noted I have beans..lol. My DH wonders if anyother things are going to turn up!
My snow pea and sugar snap also in a pot on the deck is flowering and giving pods, just a few every day. Added to salads it is enough.
The chooks are growing and getting used to Toby. There is one whose comb and wattles are begining to go red and grow, my understanding means that this chook is heading towards egg laying. The next one is a bit behind this one, and the other two girls well their combs are not very noticeable at present. I estimate I may begin to get at least one egg in the next 2-3 weeks. Fingers crossed. The Chooky TajMahal has had to be rearranged as I realised that the girls jump of their roosts into the laying boxes the way I had it set up! Not a good idea at all. Unless scrambled egg is my intention.
It must be almost Christmas, as my DH has been requesting mince pies, (fruit mince) which I make for him as a special thing at Christmas. I used to make them as a pie, but now just roll out the pastry and use a glass or biscuit cutter in a circle shape, I fill teaspoon of mince on one half, fold the other side over and Wallah Christmas Fruit Mince pasties. Much easier to do, less pastry, less fat, not less taste! Quick and easy compared to making pies with lids.
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