Hello everyone and a very Happy New Year!
The summer holiday season is flying by all too quickly, so I hope you've had the opportunity to put your feet up and spend some time doing the things you love to do. I also hope you've escaped the perils of bushfire and know quite a number of you have had anxious days to contend with. I very much hope we all get a good downpour of rain very soon.
Against the odds, (with yet another scorcher expected today), there is some produce to collect each morning here in the Kitchen Garden. The pungent scent of coriander and pineapple basil, lovage and wild rocket is tantalising as I water before the searing heat of the day kicks in, and I'm lucky enough to collect a few tomatoes, beans and zucchini, as well as the odd aubergine or green capsicum; while every few days I dig up a handful of beautiful potatoes. .
Although it's a way off yet, I'm looking forward to our first KITCHEN GARDENING DAY of the year, on FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY. By then, I expect to have a fully mature summer garden here for you to see and from which you can learn, in order that you can make plans for your own summer kitchen garden 2013/4 (yes - you need to get ideas NOW for planting in spring!). If you're new to growing fruit and veg, seeing a garden in full production is the best opportunity to learn the size and nature of plants, so that you can put your own design into action armed with the knowledge you need to enable you to plan ahead. You will see the structures we made last spring - a collection of twigs and sticks, that are now covered in productive plants, and pick up on all the tips we have to share. Linda will be back with her extensive notes for the season, as well as the month ahead and I will whip up a good lunch for everyone, using produce from the garden.
A few days at the beach were a stark reminder of how used I've become to 'picking dinner' and as much as I enjoyed a few days off, I hated not having my garden there with me from which to pluck some last minute ingredients!
We will look forward to seeing both new and familiar faces at LATE SUMMER/AUTUMN KITCHEN GARDENING. For full details of the day and to make a booking, please click here. And if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me.
We've had some recent publicity in the newly re-launched Good Organic Gardening magazine, and I was invited to write the introduction to a new publication called Food Gardening which hit the shelves late last year. I'll upload them to the press page on the website soon. I haven't written too many blog posts recently but promise to get back into the swing of it soon! And I am gathering together some EXCITING WORKSHOPS for 2013, so watch this space!
Best wishes as always,