Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Millions of peaches...Peaches for free

I was recently given a gift of peaches and plums from a friend who's daughter lives in Bathurst. Going on the size of this box alone you can just imagine how big the trees must have been.

The peaches were white cling stone with amazing flavour. If only they were slip stones they could have been even better. The plums were mostly just eaten with a few stewed.

I got to work on the peaches quickly as they were very ripe. Here is a little of what was made:

Plum and peach crumble

peach and almond cake

Homemade pasties with both dinner (roast pumpkin, caramelised onion, spinach and feta) and dessert (yeap peaches)

cooked which was very tasty

Upside down peach cake. Thankfully there have been a few birthdays this month.
What I forgot to photograph were the 'Salads including peach', 'Peach sherbet' and 'Peach chutney'. Not to mention those just eaten.

I am not so sure peaches will grow so well in Sydney but I do have a spot in the garden that might just work, and these peaches were so good I am thinking maybe. If only we didn't get such hot summers and a little more chill in winter. Something I will have to investigate a bit more I am thinking.

Thursday, 13 February 2014


Time is a sneaky thing it has a way of getting away from you and before you know it you find you have a million things to write about but have forgotten half of them... Sigh must be getting old?

Anyhoo I thought I would share my firsts of stuff I have growing. All of them very exciting and important because they were first.

Yes The very first golden tomato. Tasty with the ol Vegie burger

The first smoke ever on my Cotinus grace

Finally after sowing an either packet of the bronze sunflower I got one. Just outside my bedroom window which made me smile every time I opened the curtains

So with 3 of the same flowering gums you would think they would flower at the same time. No the flowered one at a time the closest one is almost finished now.

The first olives. Question is when do you harvest them???

And last but not least. This is my very first watermelon ever! Hope it is as tasty as it is cute
Once the gluts start I think you tend to forget the first brave souls who battled all the elements to make something of themselves. I just wanted them to be remembered. And I have even prepared the soil in readiness for some winter cropping firsts.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Time for some serious work in the garden

You know how it is when you spend your days looking after other people's gardens you don't always want to look at your own. In fact I look down at the ground to avoid the shame of what is really going on in the garden.

Don't get me wrong it is adequate and the garden looks quite good to those that don't spend as much time in the garden as I do. But see the weeds, lack of food and water as well as quite a few plants in need of haircuts faster than others. In fact I think if I didn't then I might not really be doing such a good job.

But some of the vegies are almost finished such as

The last of the summer corn
 And things are in desperate need of assistance

I might have to get some sturdier stakes for next year I think. But we are still harvesting at least half a dozen each day from each plant
At least the chilli is loving the heat
And the cicadas (my goodness the din they make is super loud this year)
Looks like the next few weeks I might have to get stuck into more planting... I just wonder if it is not too late for another crop of corn???