This picture is from an “In Season” post from four years ago. Oddly, considering how neglected my garden is at the moment, I’m harvesting pretty well the same lot. This time of year is a season of the first of things and the last of things in my garden, as the winter plantings finally end and the first of the spring plantings start to bear. Today I stripped out all the remaining broad beans and the last of the peas for shelling, so I can feel some broad bean, pea, mint and lemon puree coming on. There is lots of celery but it is starting to flower so not for much longer now. The later rounds of broccoli are bearing main heads and the earlier rounds side shoots, but I’m expecting cabbage and web moths to arrive soonish. They’ll finish off the chinese cabbages too. The cavallo nero kale has been prolific all winter but it’s starting to get aphids now.
I still have bulk silver beet but all the earlier plantings are now running to seed. All my parsley has run to seed, and I am now harvesting seed from coriander and dill too. Rocket has run to seed, but the nasturtiums are rocketing along and providing that peppery-ness in salads. Though I still have lots of lettuce, the number of varieties is going down.
I’ll have some Eureka lemons most of the year, but the bush lemons are finished and I’m picking the very last of the late season mandarins and grapefruits. The grape vines are laden and though the grapes will be a month or so yet, I’m using the leaves regularly.
I’ve stopped cutting asparagus for the year but just as the asparagus finish, I start cutting artichokes. The new zucchini are getting to a good size to pick young fruit as well as flowers. I picked the very first of the Corno de Toro capsicum today, a bit green still but there are lots more coming on. The first of the season’s new potatoes – such a treat – along with baby cucumbers and the first of the squash.
I am also picking the first of the season’s fresh garlic – early, but then I planted early too. Fresh, juicy garlic is a totally different thing to the dried up imports from China. If you don’t grow your own, look out for fresh local garlic at Farmers Markets from now on. It’s an experience!
With fruit, this is berry season – strawberries, blueberries, white and purple mulberries. It doesn’t last long so I’m making the most of it. Paw paws are still in bulk, and the white mulberries are laden this year.
So that’s what I’ll be basing my cooking around this month.