The Garden Share Collective: February 2014

Garden Share Collective

I’m participating in the Garden Share Collective again this month, so here’s a round up of what has happened in our garden over the last month.

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We have been harvesting black beauty zucchini (above) and a few acerola cherries (below). All the rain we have had was a welcome sight. We also harvested a suyu cucumber, but it was terribly bitter and inedible. Apparently the bitterness is caused by environmental stress, or irregular watering (ah ha!). The only downside of all the rain we’ve had recently.

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Some of our fruit trees really need to go in to the ground as they are out growing their pots.

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We’re having mixed results with the citrus trees. I rang the nursery to see why they were forming fruits and then falling off – they suggested the citrus need a complete fertiliser. I have only been using chicken manure and Epsom salts. However with the rain, they seem to be starting to form larger fruit. Some how in my head I think they need potash, but I could be wrong. The photo (above) is of a mandarin that has taken months to mature.

feb-rockmelon

We are yet to harvest the canary yellow rockmelon (above), as I’m not sure how big the mature sized fruit is, but I’m really looking forward to trying it. The Egyptian spinach is at the end of it’s life and now producing seed pods.

Matt spent the long Australian Day weekend mowing and cleaning up both the front and back yards, so the place is looking really good (outside anyhow). I need to get some more seeds in the ground in the coming month.

Post for the Garden Share Collective challenge hosted by Stayed Table

In My Kitchen: February 2014

Thank you Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for allowing me to participate In My Kitchen February 2014. This month, in my kitchen are …

mork-hot-chocolate

The absolutely delicious Mork Hot Chocolate. I can’t say enough good things about this, but I encourage you to try it. It’s the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had.

smooze-coconut

We’ve been loving the new simply coconut Smooze. You pop them in the freezer and have a ‘healthy’ creamy snack – perfect for hot summer days. They are made from freshly pressed coconut milk.

hills-cider

I continue to drink ciders and at the moment The Hills Cider Company is my favourite. The cider has no added sugar or concentrate – important factors in finding a good tasting genuine cider. I also tried three ciders at the Fluid Festival.

oz-tukka-herbs-spices

This one was a present – lots of interesting Australian flavours to try by Oz Tukka.

walkers-tin

Another present with a beautiful tin – Walkers shortbread.

Also this month, I compiled a list of the top 49 essential cookbooks as voted for on Food52.com.

I started a challenge where I am Learning how to cook with Delia Smith.

Thank you Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for organsing In My Kitchen February 2014.

Produce in season for February in Australia

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Vegetables in season for February in Australia

beans, capsicum, carrot, celery, choko, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, leek, lettuce, onions, peas, shallots, squash, sweetcorn, tomato, zucchini

Fruit in season for February in Australia

apple, banana, blackberry, blueberry, fig, grapes, loganberry, lychee, mangoes, nectarine, orange, passionfruit, peach, pears, pineapple, plum, raspberry, rhubarb, rockmelon, strawberry, watermelon

Photo by Jan