Lichen on the plum tree trunk.
Our backyard is completely filled with fruit this summer.
We picked a heap of our peas and broad beans today. The peas have gone crazy lately and the yield is rather impressive for only 2 to 3 rows of peas (and overall I only sowed about 15-20 seeds!!)! Only a few of the broad beans were ready – the plants are loaded but most of the pods are still a little too small to pick. We had some of the peas tonight for dinner – which were so delicious that we didn’t even bother shelling them, and cooked them whole. We plan to freeze some of these, too, to eat while we’re waiting for the next crop.
Spring is truly amazing. Trees which have looked dead for months suddenly burst with blossoms and tiny fluorescent green or red leaf buds. The peas in the vegetable patch have grown 1.5 to 2 metres tall within the past few weeks, and the broad beans are covered in flowers. It’s that time of year when gardening is easy; life abounds. All of the hard work of previous seasons starts to pay off, with well-mulched and fertilized fruit trees bearing the flowers of future harvests, and the vegetable patch brimming with lettuce, turnips and parsley. In the next few weeks we will begin to establish our summer garden – with tomato, capsicum and squash seedlings soon to flourish in our small greenhouse.