I should start by informing you that I am not the backyard farmer, I am writing as ‘a guest’. After listening to the Backyard Farmer stating his before mentioned laziness at blogging, I went about taking some photos of our backyard welcoming in Spring. Mostly with the intention of encouraging a blog post, I was however promptly reminded that this blog is in fact Hobart Backyard Farmer….not Farmers. After some nagging/encouragement, I have been invited to add this Spring post. To be truthful, I just think blossom popping up to signal in a new season is so magical & we have been blessed with some perfect sunny days, I just felt the need to share it. That said, this is primarily a post about what is happening in the garden at the moment. Aside from some pretty blossom, there is much to do!
Fruit trees are blossoming & we are enjoying the last of the Winter tamarillos, their tough skin allows them to hang around & enjoy the sun without being bothered by birds. I know they have been blogged about before & they are a favourite in this home, quick growing & yummy.
Garlic, so we have no hassles from vampires this summer.
Raspberries…..everyones favourite, most don’t even make it inside the house.
Rhubarb, recently blogged & now being consumed, this literally comes from nowhere & before you know it, ready to harvest.
Most importantly bees! A welcome sight in the Spring garden, we have many herbs & flowers scattered about the garden to attract these little fellas & the garden is happily buzzing.
Last of the Winter vegies to be taken out, ready for new crops & planning.
We are pretty excited to see the greengage & goldengage flowering at the same time. We invested in both, out of a love of good old greengages, as we were advised they need each other for good pollination. Fair enough, but last year they blossomed at different times. Maybe the recent extra warm days following an especially cool Winter have encouraged a well timed joint effort this year…..I really wouldn’t know, it’s all trial & error, but looks promising.
The humble Marigold (calendula officinalis). We have this randomly around the vegie garden, considered helpful to repel garden pests, plus its bright yellow & orange flowers attract some wanted garden visitors.
A pretty bonus from having pea straw garden beds.
Last but not least the strawberry patch. Truly. Hoping it’s not too late to rescue this season? This has suffered from our not wanting to garden when it was still cold (slackness). It is a classic example of how having a food garden is hard work & there is always something to do. To anyone contemplating having a go, just do it! Give it a try, whether it be big or small, it is so worth it, the taste is so much better. Absolutely no waste, pick what you need, couldn’t be fresher & if there is any surplus, you will not be short of happy receivers. Rewarding in many ways, Hobart Backyard Farmer has achieved so much in a suburban backyard in a few years, his efforts are much appreciated. Happy gardening 🙂