Kitchen Garden

Winter in the Kitchen Garden

The cooler weather has brought stunning seasonal changes to Riverdale's Kitchen Garden.  The garden and the grounds are swathed in the fiery hues of Autumn.  The crisp mornings, warm days and intermittent light rains still encourage the last of the cherry tomatoes and an abundance of herbs - mint, lemon balm, fennel and rosemary to name but a few.  The pumpkins are ripening nicely and along with the amaranth flowers, display a stunning contrast to the deeper colours of the earth. 

Pumpkin & Amaranth

What plant is that?

Quiz time! Can you guess what vegetable plant the flowers belong to? 

Sometimes we forget that vegetable plants are like any other flowering plant - they too have a full life cycle with flowers! Often we do not witness the flowering stage, which is a stunning colourful addition to the garden. 

Have fun guessing the plants from A - F and only then read the answers below. You may learn something and be surprised!

 

 

(A = Zucchini, B = Coriander, C = Artichoke, D = Chives, E = Brown Onion, F = Fennel) 

Planting time!

As spring’s sun starts to set onto the land the plants are sparkling, bathing in delight. The colourful flowers are showing their heads; leaning into the sun, open wide for pollination. Our bees are buzzing about all excited, creating a soft hum in the gardens. The chickens are laying eggs regularly now and some are even getting clucky and extending their stay in the nest boxes.

We are picking the last of winter’s harvest of oranges, lemons, silver beet and spinach and making room for summer’s selection. The last few weeks have consisted of lots of planting of vegies such as zucchini, cucumber, beetroot, carrot, celeriac, cabbage, lettuce, basil, eggplant, peas, broad beans and much more! They will be ready for harvesting in a couple of months to share with you!

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