Who says you can’t grow much in food winter? Well, I think that it is a bit of a fallacy.
Here in Melton (Heat zone 4, Cold zone 10), we are managing to harvest food each week to supplement our diet. Lots of leafy greens, citrus, and Brassica.
Because it was a wonderfully sunny winters day, Kim broke out her camera and took heaps of produce photographs for me.
Here is some pictures of a big winter harvest she gathered today to give to our daughter Megan.
We still have a bucket load of Lemonade on the tree. We better pick them soon or they will go pithy. We also have limes in abundance. More Cerveza this weekend, me thinks!
These salad green are from our new wicking bed. We keep picking the outer leaves and they just keep growing. The mizuna is just starting to gain a mustard bite to it, which I quite enjoy.
Well of course we are giving away pumpkins. We have so many of them! Besides, Megan loves pumpkin soup.
And don’t we have truck loads of chard. We have a few plants that are now officially 12 months old and still going strong. This stuff survived through summer. It is tenacious stuff. Ben and I love it, but Kim is not too fussed.
Our sprouting broccoli is flowering early due to the warmer weather. We are still harvesting and eating it though. Even when it flowers, it is still very edible.
This is a collection of colourful kale leaves. I might have mentioned before that this is the first year that we have grown kale, and from what we discovered tonight (a surprise treat is coming), it will not be the last. In fact, Kim has asked me to plant a second crop. I better get another couple punnets of seedlings from the nursery!
Quite a haul, don’t you think?
Personally, I think Kim may have been overly generous in her giving 😉 . Mind you, if you can’t give good wholesome organic food to your kids, who can you give it to? Luckily there is so much more where this lot came from. All grown with the mighty power of homemade compost and chook poo!
What sorts of veggies are you harvesting right now? I would love to hear what you have been growing via comment!