Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
posted 8 years ago
It's the shortest day next week, but being in the Southern hemisphere means we can grow all winter. This is the stuff that's active. Broad beans garlic brassicas of all sorts carrots peas Egyptian walking onions Florence fennel silverbeet, of course! lettuces spinach beets Chinese greens Chillies (the hardcore Andeans just chug along all winter, but it's been so warm I still have annums with ripening fruit) daikon scorzonera turnips parsnips onions arugula (it's not allowed in the garden anymore and lives happily in cracks and corners) Glaskins Perpetual rhubarb. The best. Red, fat and on my breakfast all year round! shallots chervil. It's everywhere. All the usual winter herb suspects, plus a few that have usually died down by now. The Vietnamese mint has actually nearly displaced the English mint. Maybe a floral analogy of the global situation? pot marigolds stocks phacelia zinnias are still setting seed Borage is still flowering I can't believe the buckwheat's germinating and growing! my winter wheat experiment's looking great. Last year's rye experiment is still with me... But it must be winter, since the red hot pokers (kniphofia) are flowering.