I was in two minds as I looked at the remaining tomatoes: to pick now or to wait until they ripened a bit further. After
thinking about my workload for the next few weeks I decided to pick now and went for a bucket of green tomatoes and a bucket of ripening ones. I am now about to make some green tomato pickle for the first time in my life.
I also cleaned up the beds, sprinkled some lime, in line with Peter Cundall’s advice and replanted with some Spanish onions, spring onions, perpetual spinach and beetroot.
Easter also provided an opportunity to do yet more weeding and hacking back especially the jasmine which has a habit of getting under the weatherboards. I
also finally finished clipping the pittosporum so that it no longer looks as if it has a mohawk. I am battling blackberries from the block next door and it is amazing just how vigorous these plants are as they throw out such long canes across the wall and into my garden.
I am also enjoying the flowering kangaroo paws and the small nectar feeders like the new Holland honeyeaters who like to feast on them. There is certainly a chill in the air and with the end of daylight saving the hours for work in the garden are narrowing.
When I had had enough of my own garden, I went up to Waterworks Rd to check out the community garden there and to visit one of the impressive vegetable gardens behind the very same flat that Di Hollister and I had during the 1990s. What a great garden full of strawberries, beans, pumpkins, basil, apples and home to one of the largest zucchinis in the street. Can you believe this garden is minutes from downtown Hobart?