Week 5: Urban Farming

We've had a few days of solid spring rain in Canberra over the past week, accompanied by a return to cold days and frosty mornings. Happily, I'd held off planting my first tranche of frost sensitive vegetables until after that cold front had passed. We've still got about three weeks of potential frost ahead of us, but my seedlings are small and can be easily covered during that time.

Climbing Rose
Blackberry flower and ripening figs

Blackberry flower and ripening figs

This week I've braved the elements and planted out red currant, yellow currant, zebra and tigerella tomatoes, Lebanese cucumbers, Queensland Blue pumpkins, nugget pumpkins, squash, golden zucchini, zebra beans, and Black Beauty zucchini. The seedlings I planted out over the past few weeks - loose leaf lettuce, beets, silver beet and sugar snap peas - are charging ahead, and there are milder nights forecast in the next few days.

We've had a break from heavy work in the garden this past week, enjoying instead some less arduous tinkering. It's just nice to be outside at this time of year.

Steve's photos this week are gorgeous, as always, and our garden flower arrangement (bottom image) is white azaleas with camellia foliage.

Our passion fruit vines are covered in blooms

Our passion fruit vines are covered in blooms

This week's bouquet of garden flowers - white azaleas.

This week's bouquet of garden flowers - white azaleas.