What a difference a few weeks can make! Since we had the rain at the very end of March (about 100 mm) and then a top up of 30 mm in mid-April, suddenly everything is BRIGHT GREEN again and growing vigorously. Its not going to last long though, the nights are getting cool and the grass will die off as soon as we have the first frost, along with the frost-sensitive veges like tomatoes, potatoes and curcubits.
|harvest basket in May 2014|
|A massive patch of parsley (which I have had to start thinning out!) |
and behind that is self-seeded onions that I have been spreading out in this garden bed
|I moved the herbs out of the shade and back into the middle of the garden|
so they could get some sun
|here's all the seedlings sprouting and the tromboncino taking over the garden|
|I planted some peas too, not sure how they will tolerate the frost though|
|There are lots of tiny chokos on the vine, here's a double choko!|
|Another rosella flower, they are so pretty!|
|And some rosellas nearly ready to pick|
What do I do with tromboncinos? They are like zuchinnis and I used them in everything when we are picking so many. I have recently read that they can also be allowed to mature and used a bit like pumpkin, so I am leaving some on the vine. I would like to save seed, but last year none of the seeds had developed enough. I wrote more about trombos here.
What are rosellas? The rosella plant (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a species of Hibiscus native to the west Africa, I wrote more about rosella's here. The part of the plant most commonly used is the calyx (the bits around the flower), which I dry and use for tea, but can also be made into jam. The leaves are also edible. I'll write more about them in my herb series in a few months.
|The eternal tug of war game...|