Every Spring theres a beautiful space that I like to visit down one of these red dirt country roads that are everywhere around us, and visit some 100 year old daffodils, enjoying the sunshine streaming through the trees.
Perfectly sized to be eaten by one person, the old heirloom variety called "Lemon Cucumber" (because of the colour of the skin, not taste) ticks all the boxes!
It's prolific, easy to grow, even here in our cold temperate climate, and miraculously develops a thick skin once it's picked, but remains sweet and juicy on the inside, without a hint of bitterness at all! It also tends to have a longer growing period than other cucumbers.
'Vigorous', 'perennial' and 'oddity' are just some of the words that jumped out at me from the. Seed packet of the "reuse tomato" traveller tomato, a Peruvian heirloom vegetable that made the cut for the new vegetables to plant in my ..(.....)
After a couple of years of unsuccessfully trying to grow onions from commercial seed, I've gotten on to a heritage seed from way back that gives you prolific onions and so much more...its's really true that the old varieties are the best!
Living in Victoria Australia, we are very lucky to have Australia'a royal botanical garden specialising in only Australian natives. It's set in an extremely large piece of land, and provides many different walks for people of all abilities, and is amazing to trek around all year round.
Cloudehill" is a must-see for vegetable and ornamental gardeners alike. It has been created at the top of the Dandenongs where a maze of stone walls and garden rooms are set within woodlands of magnificent and historic call climate trees.
Its one of my favourite times of the year! Time to sow the tomato seeds! Frosty mornings are on their way out (i hope), and thoughts of sunshine and produce are dancing through my head. I'm sowing the first varieties out this week in the greenhouse, so as to have them ready for planting out in the garden after the last frost. Since we are living in a "Temperate" climate here, its hard to know when that is exactly. But the locals have their own ideas. If you live in Melbourne, I have been told...