|Basil Sweet Genovese|
Rouge de Marmande
After a cool & not overly sunny Spring, averaging about 16 degrees in November some herbs are slow, mainly parsley. But with the temperature rising & good rain, zoom zoom.......the basils are off to a good start, some are ready to cut. We have chosen Sweet Genovese, Thai Siam Queen & East Indian Clove, great aromas & good varieties.
The heirloom tomato plants have large sized fruit on the vines already, so hope to start picking mid Summer or earlier. Some Spring purple garlic was lifted last week. The shed already has a garlic aroma as it dries. Everything else is growing well - Mints , Thymes , Sage, French Tarragon & Rosemary with some being cut back for fresh regrowth.
Unique aromatics we have in small amounts are doing well too. Horseradish, Cardamom, Sawtooth Coriander, Kaffir Lime & Curry Leaves, still being patient.......
English Lavender will flower well late December after some were ravaged by a rogue rascally rabbit (Rob would like to be Elmer Fudd). Late February on it will be chilli fest..
A quick trip to Hobart again to a growers / producers market we found by accident.
Tasfarm Gate held every Sunday (link top right of page). A small excellent market.
After a preview of stalls before trading .....the bell rang @ 9AM !.....stampede.... couldn't wait to get to each stall like all the other keen customers. The stalls had brilliant presentation, a great variety, the freshest you could get. The friendly producers were all very passionate about their niche products.
The facilitator & stall holders are to be congratulated. Would be great to see this type of market state wide in each region. Needless to say we came home with esky full again plus some plants as usual...Well worth the trip to Hobart to see this market alone (plus some girl shopping & the hardwares for the boys of course).