Sunday, April 18, 2010

Growing Nicely

The peaches are fattening up nicely, now  I only have to keep the squirrels away from them.

 African Blue basil, a recent purchase which should florish in the Houtson heat.

I had enough tomatoes last week for one salad, but the birds nicked a few other ripe ones. These do need a lot of water and some tomato-specific food, the large thunderstorm we just had has done my watering for today though.

 My herb garden: sage; oregano; rosemary; thyme; mint and dill planted in the autumn have been added to recently by the less sturdy herbs of basil, coriander and flat-leaf parsley (I can't abide the curly stuff).

Farmers' Markets

One advantage of living at a laitude of 30 degrees is the longer growing season, our grass only stopped for about 2-3 weeks this winter (and it was a cold winter for here). The change in the seasons has become really evident in the last few weeks, a sudden explosion in the variety of produce available at the market. I stocked up yesterday morning and we then had a yummy bacon and leek quiche with a grated carrot salad (from Avoca Book 1) and Nigel Slater's cucumber, feta and radish salad (my all time favourite salad, 4th one down in the link).