This post is part of the Garden Share Collective (GSC), a group of gardeners from around the world who photograph and write about what they are growing each month. Each month the GSC has a theme and the theme for June is ‘taste’.
‘Taste’ in the vegetable garden can refer both to flavour and style.
Taste as Flavour
If you ask any home gardener why they grow their own food, the first answer they are likely to give is ‘taste’.
Homegrown produce does taste better. Nothing beats a sun-ripened tomato straight off the vine on a hot summer’s day or the crunch of a freshly picked apple on a misty autumn morning.
Homegrown food taste better because it’s fresher (it hasn’t been in cold storage for days, weeks, or even months) and it’s likely to be organic and pesticide free.
Taste as Style
The beauty of growing your own food is that you don’t need to confirm. You can grow 15 varieties of lettuce and nothing else or grow every obscure vegetable you can think of.
You can plant vegetables in the chaotic abundance of a cottage garden or choose the ordered lines of a parterre.
You don’t need to harvest by machine so your fruit trees can grow wildly skywards or in stylish espalier. It’s no one’s choice but yours.
And unlike commercial growers, you can experiment with growing out of zone: a potted orange in Cairns, coffee in Melbourne or bananas in Adelaide.
Every month, participants in the Garden Share Collective share what they are planting, harvesting and a to-do list.
It’s been a cold, wet month in Adelaide which has meant huddling in the house rather than working in the garden. I often arrive home from work after dark, which makes it difficult to harvest anything for dinner.
I planted rhubarb and strawberry corms recently and will pop in extra veggie seedlings as the current plants are harvested.
In June and July much of the garden is dormant but I am still harvesting:
- Asian greens
- spring onions
Cold winter evenings are the perfect time to dream about and plan my summer garden. I’ll have a smaller patch than usual as I’ve fenced off my large veggie beds for the chooks for the next year or two. They will eat any bugs in the soil, provide fertiliser and dig the garden over.