I thought I would just do a quick trip down the process lane as some people new to farming information may not know. So bear with me!
This picture shows 3 of the main processes. On the right is the weedmat covering old beds so that the nutrients stay in the soil and promote bio-activity. The black matting heats up too so the weeds die! The rows next to that are the very young seedlings growing away, watered from underground drip line to save evaporation on these very hot days and will probably ready for Christmas . In the middle the seedlings are bigger and should be ready before Christmas and the plants on the left are ready for picking now.
This next photo is from the other end of the same paddock.
This is before beds are prepared for planting. Dolomite is the white powder you see spread on the right to balance the acidity in the soil.
Salad ready for picking!
And if you get to Carriage Works market in Sydney, at the very beginning, you can get some Brazilian cherries. Started last week and probably finished in a couple of weeks as they are ripening fast with all this very hot weather. There’s only one tree, so not that many!
Taylor Square market is on Saturday morning too, of course.
Have a great, healthy week. Eat lots of greens to keep well as the ‘silly season’ starts!
Hasn’t it been a hot few days? So glad we have got a couple of cooler ones now. Mozzies are out in force along with every insect that could hatch it feels. The pollinators are working overtime thank goodness on the next crops that need them.
Because of the very hot weather the quantity of produce is a little down although the quality is just as good as always. Anything not up to scratch has been discarded.
There are lots of different green leafed plants for you too eat – a sure way to stay well nourished in the vitamin dept! As I understand it, green leaves, especially darker ones are incredibly good for you. Who does not want to feel energetic and well?!
Remember that dark green leafed edible ‘weeds’ are prolific because they are healthy! They’ll help you be healthy too. So why not try some Horta mix?
There’s beetroot for your root vegies and some pumpkin still left. We are moving on to Valencia oranges as navel season is finishing. If you find Valencia’s a bit sharp then what about squeezing them over your fruit salad instead of eating them as is? Or mixing them up with something else, like nectarines?
Garlic is a must for it’s anti bacterial properties as well as its sumptuous flavour.
Get to Carriage Works or Taylor Square markets early on Saturday morning in Sydney for the best range from the stalls. Remember we do Peats Ridge market this Sunday at the Public School community Hall & in the grounds, Peats Ridge Road, NSW 2250.
Have an uplifting week!