The only community event that we sometime participate for local fruit and veggie swap is held in West Croydon every first Saturday of the month. Today the host were James and Evie. I wanted to catch up with Evie so we went, although I don't really have many excess produce from my garden to share. Our host managed to surprise us with a very big pumpkin on the table from his friend that even 20 months old Rayyan can fit in the pumpkin. On the table to share today were lemons, eggplants, rosemary, seedlings, pomegranates, walnuts, jerusalem artichokes, seeds and of course big portions of pumpkin for everyone to bring back home.
We brought back many cut pieces of pumpkin for friend and neighbours. Lenay was excited of recieving the big pumpkin seeds and surprise me by counting it. She counted 64 pumpkin seeds and want to try growing it when she return back to her parents home. One of her wish came true today I reckon, because she always wanted to have big pumpkin seeds. Usually she likes to eat pumpkin and sunflower seeds but I don't see her doing it today. I was excited on something else, another plant that I wanted to try growing this year in my wish list have been granted ~ Jerusalem Artichokes/Sunroot. A fan of it, I am not yet. It is just curiousity of how the growing plants look like. Growing sunroot in Adelaide can make it forever not leaving your garden if you don't harvest them all, you will want to call it a weed after a few years, well that is what I hear from every gardener that grow this tubers. Since I am a novice at growing this plant, do you know whether this tubers can grow in partial shade/ or shade very well or not? How about the soil, will clay be a problem?
What did we managed to bring along?
Scooped some celery seedlings today to give-away at the swap and clear my conscious regarding their fate today. I planned to prepare the veggie patch that have hundreds of self-sowed celery seedlings for cool season vegetables. Happy we managed to complete the task today. At least some were saved from being green manure as I prepared the bed for other veggies. We also brought some seeds to share which is suitable to sow this month~ Red onion odourless, calendula sunshine, lettuce, coriander, lakspur (Making a note so I don't bring the same thing again for the next swap). Hopefully for the next swap, the self-sowed coriander are big enough to bring along. Lucky, at the last minute before we went, I managed to snip some ripe red chilies to share.
So many pumpkins on our kitchen table. But Hazel is having "The Pumpkin Challenge" which have many wonderful pumpkin recipe to try!