Saturday, 16 November 2013

In the garden .....

Here's some of what's happening in our garden right now...

This small bed was made using the no dig method and is edged with rocks that were being thrown out by other people.  There's quite a lot packed in there, including a babaco, tahitian lime, fennel, golden nugget pumpkin, strawberries, tomatoes, rhubarb, marjoram, oregano, lemon thyme and garlic.

Here's the same bed viewed from a different angle

These are the fruits growing on the babaco tree. They go yellow as they ripen.
In the jungle of greenery in the picture above there is a cape gooseberry bush lurking. The fruit of this plant is a smooth berry which looks a bit like a little yellow tomato, encased in a lantern-like structure called a calyx. You can see the calyx in the picture below.  As the fruit ripens the calyx dries out, becoming quite papery, and the yellow berry inside becomes visible.

Another one of our fruits coming on at the moment is the pepino. The fruit is yellow with purple markings and grows to around the size of a large avocado.  It has a lemony melon sort of taste. We like it because it fruits over winter when there's not much else happening in the garden.

The strawberries and raspberries are also doing well....but you need to be quick to beat the birds.

A while ago we planted a pineapple top. It seems to be growing, albeit extremely slowly. It's an experiment - it'll be interesting to see what happens.

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