Strawberries are still the star fruit in my garden, but the tussle for number two is hot. There’s still a paw paw a day most days, and though the fruit fly sting most of our stone fruit, there are enough early peaches and plums on the tree to just share them with the chooks – they like the stung spot with its little grub the best. But I think number two at the moment has to go to blueberries. My bushes are young but I’m lucky enough to live in a blueberry growing region, and the season is short.
The vegetables in season in my garden have all of a sudden changed. The cabbage moths and grasshoppers of summer have arrived, ending the long broccoli season and making the silver beet less enticing. I still have some kale but not for much longer. The broad beans are all finished and it is time to let the asparagus grow out.
But the zucchini and trombochino have started to really come on in the warm weather. The first round of beans are all bearing and I have three different kinds to choose from. The annual keeping onions and garlic are all in, and I’ve just started to harvest the first of the new season potatoes, which are a real treat. We don’t treat potatoes as a staple in our household, partly because neither of us do enough of anything really physically demanding enough to use that many carbohydrates every day, but mostly because after fresh, new season potatoes, stored ones are so uninspiring. And I’m starting to pick tomatoes every day, just the Principe Borghese, Roma, and yellow cherry yet but I’m watching the Brandyvine ripen by the day.
So that’s my late November 2 and 5. I’d love to hear what yours are.