Thank you, Kevin!
The tomatoes are beautiful and I ate the beans (scarlet runners) as part of my evening meal.
When the sweet corn started to ripen - over a month ago - I was eating it raw in the vegie garden. Very sweet and juicy.
There's lots of vegetables ready for picking right now, including hundreds of tomatoes, the hottest chillies I've ever had, celery, zucchini, beetroot, button squash and thousands of green beans. There's still some broad beans. The cauliflower and red cabbage have taken a battering from the cabbage moth but there are heads of cauliflower that have survived. I've also got some asparagus, globe and jerusalem artichoke planted. The globe artichoke and asparagus are long-term investments and the jerusalem artichoke harvest was disappointing. I've also got apple cucumbers and I had one last week for lunch and it was delicious.
The pumkins are still a little way off. My main two varieties are a small (shot-put sized) "golden nugget" and the very large "Queensland Blue" or "Jarrahdale" which are around 10-20kg each. They're big ridged green/blue skin with a deep orange flesh. There are very many pumpkins and I am looking forward to them ripening.
And that is not to mention my herb and salad greens garden which is at the other end of the campus which is going crazy.
Everything has been grown without recourse to pesticides.
At the moment I am turning my thoughts to planting the winter vegetables. My neighbour (in launceston) yesterday gave me some cow garlic and tree onion bulbs which I am keen to get into the ground. More brassicas, and anything else I can get to live in this winter flood-prone and heavy frost environment.
And yes, you would be welcome to join me harvesting the vegetables!
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- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
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in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
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