Seasonal Almanac

Summer solstice: crowdipper florishes

January 5th, 2009

summer_solsticeIt was a warm start to the first working week of the year. The sun was biting and the air was heavy and thick. My plan to finish ‘new year’ cleaning was interrupted by frequent waves of drowsiness. When I ventured out to the bottom of the garden for some kaffir lime leaves, I realised that I had not paid much attention to the vegetable garden lately.

The crop Lucas planted in Spring has served us well since we came back (exactly a month ago today). With the harvested vegetables, we had salads, stir-fries, and even tempura. I remember Lucas was impatient for the tomatoes to ripen before moving back up to Sydney. Now the roma tomatoes are finally turning red in the sun but the ones in the main patch have been nibbled upon. The dense cherry tomatoes bushes are full of tiny red fruits. The small bean bushes are heavy with long fat yellow beans. The lettuces, rockets, and wasabi mustard greens have shot up and gone to seeds.

2 Responses to “Summer solstice: crowdipper florishes”

  1. 1 Lucas in Petersham
    January 8th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    wow are they radishes, the purple ones? i didn’t realise they would be so sausage like! That’s a great still life, Jo!
    Pleased to have the almanac beginning its next lifecycle…

  2. 2 jolaw
    January 8th, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Yes, they are indeed the radishes you put in. They are hot too. There’s a few still in the ground – I will try to save these for you.

    I have been trying to find out about the fruit and veg in season in Australia. There is quite a bit of information out there, but it seems to cover Australia as one climatic zone. For example, avocado is in season and I bought some yesterday but have to choose between New Zealand ones and WA ones. In gardening guides, Australia is often divided into zones, so surely what is in season should be as well.