Dear Readers,

This week has seen some mixed emotions; highs due to some wonderful harvests and moments with friends and lows because I lost my Granddad on Monday.

I took to the garden to find comfort and solace during this time;  here’s a collection of pictures from around the garden this week.

The brassicas are flowering to form creamy heads of cauliflower and broccoli, chili peppers  are maturing on the plant.  We’ve had more leafy greens harvested and finished the radishes which become woody if eaten after they have bolted.

We lost a second potato plant but to woodlice rather than slugs, we’re going to be using some of the tips for woodlouse control on Fantasticfarms.com.au.  If you’re having issues with woodlice and want to manage them organically, check them out here.

The strawberries are flowering and fruiting prolifically now (bring on the daiquiris and strawberry vodka!) as are the raspberries ripening under the trees.  The zucchini (courgettes) growing in pots and containers are ready to start flowering any moment and we harvested our first organic carrot which had a wonderful carrot flavor with heady floral aroma and taste.  It was quite something after a long day at work!

Broccoli ready to be picked

Broccoli ready to be picked

Purple Potato eaten by woodlice

Purple Potato eaten by woodlice

Flowers on strawberry runners

Flowers on strawberry runners

White strawberry flowers

White strawberry flowers

Zucchini (courgette) growing well in a container

Zucchini (courgette) growing well in a container

Our first organic carrot

Our first organic carrot

It was delicious too!

It was delicious too!

Gypsy Peppers hidden among the foliage

Gypsy Peppers hidden among the foliage

Ripe raspberry ready for eating

Ripe raspberry ready for eating

Grizzly inspecting JimJim's squashes

Grizzly inspecting JimJim’s squashes

Grape Leaf

Dinner plate sized leaves on the grape vine

Concord grapes

Concord grapes

Red and pink Swiss Chard

Red and pink Swiss Chard

Smoke Bush

Smoke Bush

Grizzly tending the grape vine

Grizzly tending the grape vine

Rest in peace Grandaddyio, I love you. X