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This blog is to record the progress of "the farm" at "Balmoral Park".It is our plan to grow a garden and be somewhat self sufficient while we enjoy the tranquility of the Australian bush.
Come in through the back gate and enjoy your visit.
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There is very heavy rain predicted here over the next few days.Since it actually started to rain in late January the weather forecasts have been very accurate so we are taking it seriously. Peter is rushing to get the new roof on the veranda so the house is water tight and I am trying to get as much mowing and weeding done as possible as well as fertilise all the fruit trees.We both had a very busy day.At the end of the day there were lots of vegetables to prepare for dinner as well. I had been looking forward to the first of the artichokes, especially after our Paris food safari artichoke experience, but, at the end of a really long day in the garden, the fiddly process of preparing artichokes was not what I really wanted to do. If i didn't do it then though they would be too old and tough to eat by the time I got back home from my trip. I relaxed by sitting in the garden and shelling the peas then did the artichokes. When the artichokes were lightly steamed I added them to a sort of quick casserole made with turkey breast, from our turkeys of course, leeks, garlic,and the peas, delicious! Served with the cauliflower from the garden and some tiny beetroots, including stalks and leaves, that I had thinned out earlier in the day. Well worth the effort in the end.
We have six old citrus trees here, two mandarins, two oranges, two lemons. They have fruited quite well most years since we have been here but this year they have the most extraordinary crop. They are loaded.
We probably should have thinned them out but left it a bit too late. We have been eating the mandarins for a few weeks now, they are a bit tart but nice nevertheless. they are getting sweeter every day. We will have to give lots away and find some good mandarin recipes. I might have a go at preserving some segments as well.
The oranges are not quite as prolific but will still keep us going for many months. The great thing about the winter fruit is that you can leave it on the tree and just pick it as you need it.
We have planted some new citrus trees as well. they are very slow to grow but the ruby grapefruit tree has a decent crop this year. I really like grapefruit for breakfast.
I will have to look after the other small citrus a bit more this winter and hopefully they will grow…
I am feeling inspired about social media connections and the possibilities of supportive online communities about all things farming. I often feel that my ideas about sustainable and organic farming are not well supported in the environment in which we live so go online to find ideas and resources and there are many. I have been playing around with Instagram and following lots of interesting blogs and podcasts about farming, organics, food, cooking and creativity in general so I thought I would give my blog a bit of an overhaul and try to get back in the habit of posting.
What is uppermost in my farming mind at present is the state of our paddocks and soil. We had a really harsh autumn, the stock were not moved enough and as a result our paddocks became quite degraded and run down. We really should have started supplementary feeding months before we did.
Now we have had a wet winter and an amazing start to spring, things are starting to recover but we have also decided to introduce s…
We continue to have rain at regular intervals so far this year so our garden is a very different place. Lush green growth everywhere. This despite some extremely cold weather and hard frosts. I had two trombocino vines that survived the hot dry January and went on to produce a huge crop. We were eating them up until the end of May. About that time I found a few huge Trombocinos that were hiding under bushes or in the long grass so I decided to let them grow, just to see what would happen. They grew into Giants! Peter measured the longest one and it was a metre and a half long. At the moment they are decorating my garden but I am thinking I might cook one to see what it is like.