Tuesday, April 21
in the garden right now
in the 'bottom' vege patch...
kale kale kale. This shows just one small patch of red russian, russian red, whatever you want to call it. I have rows of tuscan black alongside the red and a whole newly sowed patch of tuscan black. When i realised just how much kale i didnt have, i realised i needed more. Its my favourite and its coming along nicely. the russian red has a very juicy fleshy stem, quite unlike the flatter tougher and very vegative stem of the nero. Im sneaking in a few pickings in very small amounts, to use as contributor to stuffings or flavour enhancers. Frying up a few leaves for the boy this evening for his omelette, the smell of crispy kale drew me back to the memory of kale chips experienced in California at christmas. I cant wait for an excess of kale!
The peas, massey gems and snow peas and some telegraph i think were sowed dilligently and yet are struggling. well, they're flowering and setting pods but the plants are so small and just look kind of hardy and not lush, so i have applied a good dose of garden lime to help with the high acid problem we have up here in the hills. Peas like a more alkaline soil and as you can see by the pine needles in the pic, acid conditions abound. As these look a little 'sad', i have planted a new lot in the 'top' garden using the old bean trellising. Im reckoning these one will streak ahead.
The bush beans are ploughing ahead and flowering and the damn horseradish which is the very large lush plant in amongst the beans,which i have tried to move and kill many times is loving the attention and is thriving like i have never seen it.
Im really loving not having to water so much and thinking about watering all the time! At work, panic..agghh, forgot to water, call home...can you squeeze it in...please?