Posts filed under 'Plants'

Bay Tree

12 Nov 2001

Norwood Industries (seedling)

Bay Tree (laurus nobilis). Slow growing evergreen small tree 9-15 metres. Warm position in sun or partial shade. Dark aromatic leaves, tree can be pruned to shape and size. Dried leaves added to spaghetti, soups and stews. Will happily grow in a large tub.

4 Nov 2001: I planted this small bay tree at the end of the middle bed in the vegie garden today. I’m planning to keep it pruned so it doesn’t grow much more than about 2 metres tall. Hopefully it won’t take over the garden.

November 4th, 2001

Roma Tomato

I chose Roma tomatoes this year because they’re resistant to fruit fly and other pests, and have heaps of flavour. The shade cloth and wire you can see in the photo below gives the seedlings some shade and protection from wind.

12 Nov 2001

9 Dec 2001: Staked up the plants, as they were getting a bit big.

4 Nov 2001: I planted 3 Roma tomatoes from punnet seedlings in the middle garden bed.

November 4th, 2001

Pea ‘Greenfeast’

23 Nov 2001 1 Dec 2001 1 Dec 2001 9 Dec 2001

Mr Fothergill’s (seed)

Pea ‘Greenfeast’. An excellent variety for the home gardener – one of our best cool season crops. A very hardy variety which crops well even in exposed areas. Requires very little attention. Choose a sunny position on well prepared, deeply dug, rich soil.

Height: 70cm.

Sow: Autumn through to Spring to avoid flowering during frost periods. Prepare flat trenches 15cm wide and 5cm deep. Plant seeds in zig-zag fashion along the middle of the trench allowing 5cm between each seed. Fill trench with soil and firm down gently. Rows should be spaced 45cm apart and approx 2m long.

Protect from birds with netting or black cotton during the early stages of growth. We advise using sticks or twigs to support the crop and this will make picking easier and improve yields. Keep well watered.

Harvest: crop will be ready approx 14 weeks from sowing. For the best flavour cook immediately after picking. When all the peas have been picked, the stems are a useful item for the compost heap.

Ideal for deep freezing.

12 Dec 2001: Picked another pod. Piled fertiliser around the base of each plant, as the new pods don’t look very big.

11 Dec 2001: Picked two more pea pods.

9 Dec 2001: Picked the first pea today – delicious!

1 Dec 2001: The peas are starting to flower, and the first few pea pods are growing.

Oct 2001: I planted the pea seeds straight into the ground in early October, around the same time as the sweet corn. I had a bit more luck with the peas – they sprouted pretty soon after sowing.

2 comments October 15th, 2001

Lemon Thyme

This is a fantastic herb for flavouring fish. It also goes well in chicken stuffing.

From the tag:

Renaissance Herbs (seedling)

Lemon Thyme (Thymus x citriodorus). This ‘dry’ herb thrives in dry, exposed, sunny spots in very well drained limey soil. Needs little fertilising. Perennial to 20cm high x 40cm wide. Pink flowers in Spring. Prune back to 10cm high in Summer for a healthier plant.

Classic Flavour Partners: parsley, garlic chives, Welsh onions, bay leaf, garlic, rosemary.

Classic Food Partners: chicken, fish, steamed vegetables.

Cooking: Lemon flavour with peppery thyme overtones. Excellent for sauces and stuffings for strong flavoured dishes.

We ended up using lemon thyme quite a bit in fish and chicken dishes. It was also nice on baked potatoes.

January 21st, 2001

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