Friday, 30 November 2012

Spring sum up

It has become a habit of mine to do an end of season sum up.  This is really so that I can work out what the successes were so I can plan for the next season. Also to note things I have learnt. Here is my spring sum up.

The early spring pickings were:
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • cabbage
  • snowpeas
  • celery
These were really my late winter crops maturing in early spring. All these were second or third plantings. The caulis were smaller than earlier in the year and also a little yellowish. The broccoli heads, with the warmer weather I guess, matured faster that the earlier planting, meaning that if you didn't keep an eye on them, they quickly developed past my preferred stage - tight flowers. The cabbage were wonderful and arguably more flavoursome that the earlier season ones? And the snow peas - well they were fabulous and trouble free - but I always find them that way.  I realised I planted far more celery than I needed and as a consequence many went on to seed before I really got to them.

In later spring these crops were coming on:
  • radish 
  • beetroot 
  • fennel
I love the look of all these vegetables - the fat red-purple of beetroot, the bright red orbs of a baby radish and thick green-white bulbs of fennel.

  • stink bugs -  I got onto these quite early , while they were still at their green and orange stage and thus they caused limited damage only
  • aphids - these were a bit of a problem on the late broccoli
  • snails - hiding in between pots they had regular might feats on my lettuce

What I learnt
  • attack your stink bugs early and you will win
  • attack them well protected
  • fennel, if  harvested by cutting off at the roots, re-sprouts and yields multiple heads of the one root mass
  • your brassicas that you plant early and the ones you plant later really do perform quite differently
  • transporting plants in the back tray of a ute is not a great idea
  • what wind burn looks like
  • eggplants aren't as tough as they look
  • zucchinis are tougher than they look
  • Currawongs are very amusing birds
Special pleasures
  • Currawongs - everything they do, even their tanties
  • Holbrook poppies
  • bright new radish
  • blueberries
Big changes
This spring was the last season in my Sydney patch. This small patch has provided such joy. It has been my solace, my quiet time, my distraction and excuse, my place to get dirty, my refuge after a long day at work and the first place I went to after being away from home. A place of secrets, a ritual of forgetting and the occasional tear. Thank you my Sydney garden.

Late this spring we moved to our new patch in the bush.  It will bring so many new challenges - tackling new vegetables, fruit beyond citrus and nuts. There will be things to learn about the land and the very special plants in our protected box grassland. Exciting and daunting at the same time.


  1. You said that your snow peas were plentiful and trouble free. My middle daughter, age 5, loves English peas. Last year, I planted them and they grew trouble free. This year, I planted 3 times, and lost most of them all three times. The ones I finally got to grow looked really good for awhile, but now they look really peckish. I don't know why. I am sure we will keep planting them, since she loves them so much, but I don't know what is wrong with them.

    1. How odd that you have had success before and challenges now. Are you in the southern hemisphere or the northern?

  2. I wish snow peas were as trouble free for me as they are for you. Mine got eaten - at least the slugs were happy I guess.

    1. Oh that's a bummer! Slugs need to be happy to. I do remember with loathing the Melbourne slug - big tiger ones! I wonder what pests are special to my new patch? Wombats? Rabbits? Possums? I guess I will find out soon.

  3. What a great sum up! I only sowed one crop of broccoli (just being lazy I guess) but this year I'm going to give successional sowings a go. Good luck with the new patch!



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