food stories This season has been a bumper one in the orchard, with (almost) enough plums, apples and pears for humans as well as birds. Despite their noxious weed classification, blackberries can be quite useful not only for food but also for holding soil on steep hills in this area, but they have spread noticeably this season. Paul's Feagan's Creek corn crop came to nothing due to heavy falls straight after planting.
Sky's garden Sky lives at Nettleton's Creek on some of the red volcanic soil that runs through to the coast. In the two years she's been there, she has developed a wonderful garden and this year had potatoes at Christmas – practically unheard of here, given that frosts can occur almost any month of the year! Summer garden
zucchinis, pumpkins and squash – all
shallots, onions, garlic
Mixed planting, permaculture style,
bumper crops but with the latter
of apples, mulberries, almonds,
affected by powdery mildew.
chestnuts, walnuts, figs,
mizuna, Asian mustard
pomegranates, oregano, sage,
bok choy, pak choy
Along the fences – chia, several
varieties of grapes
chick peas for food and green
tomatoes – several heirloom varieties as well as a yellow hybrid from Currajuggle Creek near Mongarlowe. Various herbs, basil – three varieties. Celtuce – heirloom lettuce provided year-round picking, bolted mid-Feb. Blue Lake stringless beans grown from seed each each year. various potatoes, Jack O'Lantern pumpkins, Red Aztec maize, silver beet, kale.
rhubarb Outside the enclosure – comfrey
quinoa (failed) fenugreek
Chook mix – millet, corn, sunflowers
maize and sunflowers for
strawberries and asparagus, also meshed in to keep the birds away.