It’s not easy being the author of a kitchen garden blog when nothing much is happening in your kitchen garden, but that’s exactly how things stand at the moment. Lack of rain is the biggest problem. You know it’s dry when you count monthly rainfall in parts of a millimetre.
My husband once said that drought is a deceptive killer because it manifests as day after day of excellent weather. The skies are blue and the temperatures warm, but the soil is bone dry. Many around the world would kill for such blue skies, such golden sunshine. Meanwhile, we ache for heavy, sullen clouds and deep, soaking rain.
This week I’m harvesting feral, self-seeded cherry tomatoes tangled among the branches of the satsuma plum tree, limes, zucchinis, green onions and herbs, but that’s about it. The pumpkins are coming along nicely and should ripen in the next month or two but my eggplants and capsicums have been sulking since December. Maybe if it rains…
Meanwhile, here’s some internet eye candy and inspiration for this weekend.
Kyrstie over at A Fresh Legacy has created the most beautiful recipe for freekah salad with grilled vegetables. If you’ve never eaten freekah, this recipe may just convert you.
Simon at Spade Fork Spoon shares the goings on at his Brighton, UK allotment. I’ve always hungered for an English allotment and Simon helps satisfy my cravings.
As I’ve mentioned a number of times, I have an amazingly productive self-seeded cherry tomato plant that looks like it wants to conquer the world. It’s clambering over my plum and lime trees and fruiting like mad. On Think Big Live Simply, Bec shows us how to save seeds from your favourite tomato. I’m definitely giving this a try.
One of my favourite Aussie green-living bloggers, Erin from The Rogue Ginger, is hoping to sell starter kits for plastic free and zero waste living. As someone who constantly struggles to reduce the amount of plastic my family consumes (and wastes), I think this is a great idea.
Finally for this week, Pat Lowe, in Broome, Western Australia, has started a change.org petition to stop Coles and Woolworths wrapping small portions of fresh produce in plastic. So far almost 52,000 fed up Aussies (including me) have signed.