We’ve been enjoying grapes for weeks now but this week they are literally falling from the sky (the grape is growing on a pergola). They have reached peak ripeness and even though we have shared several kilos with friends, family, possums and birds we are struggling to get through them all. Who’d have thought? Boef has taken to hoovering all those that lie on the ground, luckily, so far, without going into renal failure. It’s difficult to get them all picked up before he finds them, especially if we’re out for a few hours.

For the first time I also have Amaranth in the garden. It’s very handsome and grew almost wild from some seeds a woman at the local nursery pulled from a plant and stuffed in my bag. I scattered these at random so it’s great to see some have come up. But how do I harvest it? Anyone know? For the moment I’m happy to have it as an object of beauty but I’m curious about what one would do with it and what quantities do you need for it to be useful?

Spring veggie carnival

Winter has been reasonably quiet in the vegie patch. We have contented ourselves with munching away on silver beet, kale and lettuce while garlic and leeks motored along quietly in the background.

However the threatening spring has caused a flurry of activity more recently. Virtually all of our cabbages (or were they cauliflowers?) have bolted and been fed to the chooks, while mizuna, potatos and basil have all poked their heads above ground and we have been able to add delicious black tuscan kale to our evening meals.

The red cabbages and brocoli are also picking up speed, although thankfully it doesn’t look as if they’ll be able to catch up with the bolting cauliflowers (or were they cabbages?).