I’ve written about our garden before
(last April, actually), and this is a bit of an update. Many of the fruit trees and berry bushes were only planted last year, and we’ve been pleasantly surprised with the productivity of a few of them already. Others, such as the nashi pear and apple trees, are yet to hit their stride. The raspberries last year were magnificent, but this year have been a bit disappointing (they were frazzled off by the heat just when the pendants of flowers were turning to fruit). The raspberry canes have been rhizoming (is that even a word?) all over the garden, and we’ve given away quite a few of them. They’re the thornless variety, and oh-so-delish.
The apricots and nectarines are beautiful for first year crops, and we have had fresh-picked stone-fruit for a couple of weeks now. First week or so were the apricots (see luscious pics below), then the nectarines (which we’re still finishing off now). Now that I think about it, I should’ve taken a pic of a cut open fruit, but I think ravening hordes consumed them almost as soon as they hit the kitchen bench.
Apricot tree in the front yard –
Picture perfect fruit.
Just looking at them again
makes me drool.
Mmm. Juicy, sweet, ideal texture.
Can’t wait till next year’s crop.
We’ve also had a few bunches of grapes start up on our very young vines. Not at all sure of the taste/sweetness, but little E. can attest that eating them right now is a very bad idea…
Grapes set + not ready to go…
We’ve been having:
- regular harvests of chives, kaffir lime leaves, Vietnamese mint, oregano, strawberries (mostly by E., directly into her mouth), and flat-leaf parsley;
- occasional crops of capsicum; and
- one gorgeous crop of broad beans.
Our first crop of broad beans,
shucked and silky green.
Things that haven’t worked out as well: tomatoes (they’re tasty but buggy – please advise…), pumpkins (they took over the yard with glorious vines and shaggy leaves but never really produced full fruits), and brussel sprouts (absolutely ridden with cabbage-moths – our bad. We should’ve doused the plant and surrounds with garlic spray or similar).