Most of my garden is rather overly mature now. I did plant a heap of new seeds for spring/summer, most of which came up but the autumn/winter garden is still producing.
Got my first snow peas the other day, most welcome.
Still lots of winter veg waiting to be eaten. But now that it is just me to consume 3 persons worth of veg, lots are going to waste unfortunately.
Bl@@dy chooks will only eat grated cooked carrot or broccoli & beetroot leaves that I sit there & hold for them. They won't attempt any other garden waste so all the rest is wasted although at a pinch they might condescend to eat a red tomato if I cut it up for them. If they get out which is most days, they scratch up fresh seedlings rather than eat lovely full lettuce for example.
Tomatoes falling, even though I have canned & dried massive volumes along with egg plants & paprika caps.
I'll try to make time to do a few jars of beetroot over the coming weekend.
But all the leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach & silver beet, cress, etc have been wasted. There are some red cabbage hearts that I'll try to eat or store in the fridge & the root veg- beetroot, carrots & parsnips will keep a while in the ground.
I haven't begun digging the potatoes yet but I know there is a heap of sweet red potatoes & kiplers.
Corn will be ready in a week or so. Between me & the horses we'll demolish that lot.
I picked a celeriac for dinner last night & deep fried thin slices along with pumpkin slices into chips for a decedent change. Only 8 left to eat! In that bed there are also 8 chicory that are hearting up beautifully but will go to waste now too.
Purple beans always bare well & make a tasty snack while feeding cluckles & watering garden.
Grubs are demolishing the broccoli sprouts so I don't know what the chooks will have to eat for greens once I have to pull all those big brocs out. I kept some for seed & chookie greens. Maybe I can set a heap of broccoli & beetroot seeds for young greens for cluckles. Hopefully they won't bolt in the heat.
Down the other end of the house yard the Madagascar beans are already producing again & the choko has sent out several new vines. The grapes might make it if I can keep the parrots away.
If only there were more hours in the day or I had more energy.
Parrots have already got the tiny lychee fruit & pretty much all the pigeon peas. I keep the tomatoes covered with bird mesh or I'd have none due to king parrots.
I ordered a whole roll of bird mesh today to cover the pigeon peas, lychee tree, more tomatoes & probably the snow peas. I'd be better off with a huge meshed in garden/orchard space but the previous owners didn't design this garden/orchard well & it's scattered all over the place.
So the chooks & I will get some out of it all & the horses will get heaps!