As Summer draws to a close I am still enjoying my harvest of vegetables, and will for a few weeks to come. I can say I made the best use of these sunny months and my hard work led to a bumper crop. Once you experience the satisfaction of always having the freshest vegetables at hand, it's natural to want to perpetuate the good feelings and the tasty homegrown produce. But with the changing of the season, the nature of your harvest will necessarily change. But what to?
It is just this question that niggled at the back of my mind as I admired the almost-ripe tomatoes still hanging from the bush.
I have to say I have a great affinity for an heirloom variety of chard that goes by the name Perpetual Spinach or Leaf Beet. You won't find it in your supermarket as it doesn't keep well - but if you can grow it you may find, as I do, that its large leaves are a more flavourful option. One of the benefits is that you can harvest the outer leaves only to have a constant supply.
Beetroots freshly pulled from the garden are a great complement to a salad, but they can be put to equally good use in comforting baked dishes. An added benefit of planting beets is that you can harvest some of the leaves for an added source of greens. Use them in the way you might use silverbeet - lightly stir fried or in a risotto.
It is always good to have a plentiful supply of fresh herbs on hand. They perk up any dish and provide added nutrition – plus they are fun and easy to grow. Parsley
This autumn I'll plant some curly parsley to keep this flat-leaf parsley company
This is one of the good choices for those with little space. Even if you plant nothing but numerous pots of parsley you will at least assure yourself of plenty of tabouli and ingredients for parsley shots. One of the great things about parsley is that if it is well looked after it can weather the Winter and can provide harvests for a few seasons - for a few years even.
This is the time of year to grow cauliflower, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. And while you can grow your regular garden-variety breeds there are other options. Heirloom varieties are all the rage but can be expensive to buy or hard to find in your local supermarket. So why not grow your own and have a unique supply of vegetables straight from your garden?
Although the seeds can be expensive in stores, consider the economical option of get sampler-sized mixes of heirloom seeds from online seed suppliers. Ebay is an excellent source for cheap and unusual seeds.
Why grow just any brocolli when you can grow a Romanesco
Have you had success with your vegetable garden as you move into cooler months? What have been your experiences growing vegetables in Autumn around Sydney? Please share your local green thumb knowledge in the comments.
I grow broccoli every year without spraying. To get rid off cabbage moth, every Saturday I head out with a paint brush and brush under every single leaf and mahe sure I brush off all the cabbage moth eggs.It works! But I only grow 8 -12 plants