The Bounty on the farm in this season is just amazing and it hasn't all started producing yet!
We have noticed over the past few years a tendency to a slightly colder winter and a couple of years ago I managed to grow quite large cauliflowers. So Although we advocate growing and eating local foods that are simple to grow, if something does grow without too much effort in a particular season, then why not try! This year we have planted 50 kgs of seed potatoes and they are doing really well. They were intercropped with spring onions and coriander. We are very excited to see what yield we get. I guess one of the good things about the potato is it will store longer.
Another more European crop we have tried is Turnips. They just shot up so quickly and look so healthy. I did grow some a few years ago but getting seeds for all these different crops has not always been obvious. Carrots are also doing well. They last only 3 to 4 months but they work in this short season so to bring diversity is worth it.
There are also amazing Wing beans. This year we have been using the leaves and flowers regularly in the salad and the beans have been a staple in the baskets for a few weeks now. We planted a number of trellises but also planted beans at the base of different trees as they are not too dominant. Now we have wing beans literally everywhere.
Sweet potato is very successful too and we have been using the leaves, which are a superfood, everyday in the salads for months. At first they were intercropped with corn, which has long since been harvested and here and there we have ladies fingers growing up through them along with rosella and of course some papayas and bananas.
Dioscorea is a huge family of tropical plants of which some are yams. They are hardy and tasty! They too are growing everywhere on the farm, climbing in trees and up bananas. Deepika in Pebble garden had one tuber of 35 kgs! We are waiting to harvest!
Red and white Radishes, wild and cultivated rocket, parsley, coriander, endless limes, ladies fingers, lettuce, tomatoes, capsicum and eggplant varieties, beans, jicama, lots of cucumbers and snake gourd, ash gourd and bottle gourd and lots of pumpkins, tapioca,which is year round along with papaya and bananas and of course the turkey berry and local spinaches, banana flowers and herbs are all there still.
So which is the best season? Is the summer season when it is so hot but full of the sweetest mangoes best? or the season when we have tomato and lettuce salads best? Nature knows no best. All is a movement of life, a respiration, form, colors and tastes in constant flux and so we give thanks!
Spring Onions in semi-shade.
Colder winters has allowed us to try Potatoes, intercropped with spring onion and coriander.
Red and White Radish
Rosella, soon to be harvested.
Wing Beans on Bael Fruit tree
Turnips, Carrots, Spinach and Sweet Potatoes
Dioscorea on Moringa
Endless clusters of sour tangerines