What we've been up to:
The rain this week has been so good. It has meant that the clay layer in the soil has rehydrated after becoming quite hydrophobic over summer. A lot of the summer plants that were struggling in the heat have been coming back well after a good drink and the transplanted seedlings from last week are well and truly watered in.
This week in the garden we will be planting a lot more seedlings and direct seeding a number of Autumn/Winter crops. There are also plenty more seedlings to start for April transplants. We are hoping to be at the Leura Harvest Festival on the 7th May so there are also a number of crops that need to go in for that.
Just a reminder that while everyone this season has been getting a $20 small box, we'll be posting a photo tomorrow of what to expect when you sign up for a large $35 box for Autumn. We're very thankful for those who have re-signed up for Autumn and also to everyone who has supported us throughout our first season. If you haven't yet signed up for Autumn and would like to, small boxes are running out fast and there are still some large boxes available.
Alex from Black Cockatoo Sourdough has baked some beautiful loaves for this week. There are a couple of khorosan and linseed loaves and some Country Spelt as well. If you're interested in having bread in your box next season, send us an email at email@example.com.
This week's box:
Watermelon - we have been eagerly anticipating the week when we can put homegrown watermelons in the box. While these may vary a bit in texture and seediness to what you may be used to buying at the shops, the flavour speaks for itself. In addition you can save the seed to plant in your own garden next Spring/Summer.
Cucumbers - these have loved the rain and are looking beautiful and fresh.
Beans OR broccoli OR eggplant - one or the other. Beans have really taken off and are very sweet and tasty. Broccoli has come back well now that the cabbage moths are starting to ease off. Eggplants are flowering a lot and we've left a lot to mature for next week.
Japanese turnips - you can eat the leave like spinach and the actual turnips can be used sliced in salads as a sweeter, less spicy radish OR they can be baked or used in soup. Great flavour. Ebony and I have enjoyed them almost more than radishes.
Asian greens - pak choy and tatsoi looking nice. Also some broccoli raab (an Italian variety that is great fried with some butter and garlic. More leafy than broccoli, with a bit of a mustard flavour. Would be great in soups too).
Zucchini - enjoying the rain. The usual mix of either ribbed, green, yellow or tromboncino.
Kale or silverbeet - if you've never been a kale fan, try it really finely sliced and mixed through a soup or pasta sauce. We really love it and put it in everything for a bit of a healthy boost. Also nice finely chopped in a stir-fry.
Hope you enjoy this week's box!
Edwina and Ebony