Welcome to Spring!


Spring has officially started & Melbourne actually got the memo, producing a beautiful spring day.

Unfortunately I didn’t know how or when to harvest lettuce last year so I just let it grow. It went to seed & has been popping up in random places in the garden bed. From what I can see, there are 3 types growing. I am unsure which types as they were purchase as mixed lettuce. 

I’ve already been picking at the lettuce as needed & will continue to use it this way. It’s fantastic having it on hand & I think it might grow almost year round.

After visiting a local strawberry farm in March this year, I knew I had to try to grow my own. I thought I had missed my chance, needing to plant in April or May but when I looked into it I still had time. According to my research, four plants should produce enough fruit to keep a family in strawberry heaven. 

There were a few varieties to choose from at the nursery. Rather than choosing all the same, I opted for a few different plants. I purchased a strawberry, a bubbleberry, a strasberry & a pineberry. A bubbleberry has hints of bubblegum as well as different berries. A strasberry looks like a strawberry cross raspberry & has a mild raspberry flavour. A pineberry has white flesh with red seeds & a pineapple tang. 

I’m really excited to try all of them when they start fruiting. 

I am most proud of my peas. I planted 20 seeds & about 16 plants grew. I have been checking on them almost daily to watch their progress. I was excited to see the first flowers & now the first pea pods. I’m sure it won’t be long until we have so many peas I won’t know what to do with them!