Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Spring Thinking

Have found white icing recipe so Miss 6 can have a white birthday cake at her 'snow fairy' birthday party.  Yes, the things we do.  Basically this stuff is uncooked pavlova mixture (egg white + sugar + water), so if I don't finish this post it's because I am lying ion the floor expiring from sugar overload.

The garden is thinking about spring.  Just in the last few days we've had a flush of growth.  The lettuces are putting out new bright green leaves, and the Pak Choy and Tatsoi have started to crowd themselves out. Not to mention the rogue turnip in there. Turnips. I ask you.

And the Avocado tree is sporting new sprouts - not sure if they'll turn into baby avocados or new branches - am happy with either :)  Also brick up against fence there is to stop wretched dog from digging under and making unseemly advances to the lady dog next door (you are DESEXED you thick hound).

All this excitement has led to me getting my seed collection organised and deciding what to plant where.

Big list, but some of this stuff will get planted just once - like Eggplant - and other stuff will get planted on a semi-regular (ie when I remember) basis - like carrots.

  • Basil
  • Onion - Barletta
  • Beetroot - Red
  • Onion - cream gold
  • Beetroot - Golden
  • Pumpkin - Australian Butter
  • Cape Gooseberry
  • Pumpkin -Heirloom mix
  • Capsicum
  • Rockmelon - of the world mix
  • Carrot - St Valery
  • Silverbeet - 5 Colour
  • Carrot - purple dragon
  • Spring onions - red
  • Carrot - heirloom mix
  • Squash - mixed buttons
  • Celeriac - giant prague
  • Sunflower
  • Chilli
  • Sweet corn - Extra early sweet F1
  • Chives
  • Thyme
  • Climbing beans - purple king
  • Tomato - Amish paste
  • Cucumber - double yeild
  • Tomato - Heirloom mix
  • Dwarf beans - Italian romano
  • Tomato - Costoluto Genovese
  • Eggplant - long purple
  • Turnip
  • Leeks - King richard
  • Watermelon - Moon and stars
  • Lettuce - Yellow Leaf
  • Zucchini - black beauty
  • Lettuce - Cos heat tolerant

  • Lettuce - Italian Lollo mix
Should have this all in the ground or in seed trays by early August, yes, brace yerselves for photographs of bare vege patches with accompanying promises of glorious abundance in Just A Few Months.

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Olive said...

That cake looks great, so white and SHINY too. I would never have thought of that. Good work.

Anna said...

That cake looks awesome!! I have been inspired by you to get planting again. Not sure if my seedlings are going to survive the frost here though.
But hey, I all motivated again!!

Belinda said...

Great catch on the icing.. there is absolutely no way I would have come up with that idea. It looks totally snow queen/princess worthy.

I keep forgetting that you guys are at least 6-8 weeks ahead of us.. I will be putting stuff in trays next month but it will be with bottom heat or they would have absolutely no hope.

Best wishes for the coming season
Belinda

Bec said...

Love your blog.
The cake looks great!
My Miss Nearly-Five has requested a Princess Cupcake party....but i have a dinosaur party before that for Mr Nearly-Three... sigh...

Caitlyn Nicholas said...

Thanks Bec :)

Quixotic said...

Aargggh!! I had lovely little trays of seeds happily sprouting away.. then I got a full time job and I'm never home during the daylight so I keep forgetting to water them. They look pretty sad now :(

Hmm... I wonder how the vegie patch is going while I neglect it?

Melissa@Suger Coat It said...

That cake looks AH-MAZE-ZING. Sugar rush or no sugar rush. I love that you balanced it with vegie pics.

I await the harvest photos.

Mel said...

The cake looks great. I am getting a sugar buzz just looking at it!!
Can't wait for garden updates.

Naomi said...

so loving your seed collection...jealous much! looking forward to seeing the growth in pictures :)

Naomi said...

so loving your seed collection...jealous much! looking forward to seeing the growth in pictures :)

Melissa@Suger Coat It said...

That cake looks AH-MAZE-ZING. Sugar rush or no sugar rush. I love that you balanced it with vegie pics.

I await the harvest photos.

Anna said...

That cake looks awesome!! I have been inspired by you to get planting again. Not sure if my seedlings are going to survive the frost here though.
But hey, I all motivated again!!