Autumn has arrived in Australia, and here in Canberra we’ve had some lovely soaking rain and then crisp sunny days…
….the perfect combination to bring the cockatoos to our almond tree for the falling almonds, the kernels now soften by the rain.
The cockatoos are early risers, and so it is party time on our carport roof, where many of the almonds fall…
They pace about, checking on almonds, letting the rejects drop to the ground with a soft thud (just in case we are not up yet)
…..while they’re eating the almonds there is a lot of socialising, and sometimes even sharing…
Meanwhile Paul has added compost to one of our vegetable beds, ready to plant our garlic for the year.
We’ve always tried to avoid using garlic with pesticides, much of which is imported. Garlic is quite expensive to buy, and easy to grow, so we plant the garlic in early autumn …..at a time when we can leave it in the ground for 7-8 months.
Garlic likes good drainage, and some water and fertilizer occasionally, and it is the perfect low maintenance crop to have during winter and spring.
…this is our garlic harvested and drying in November last year. It is our best crop yet, and should be enough garlic to last us until the end of this year.
We have been growing garlic for three years, and every year we try out some new, organic garlic from local farmers. Last year we had a some cloves from Windellama Organics which we bought at the Farmer’s Markets in Canberra.
This year we are adding some garlic we bought from a farm near Lake Crackenback called Paddock Perfect
…we stopped off to buy some eggs on our way home from a weekend in the Snowy mountains..
This cute little stall was by the side of the highway…..you can pick your own herbs, or buy jam, eggs and garlic….
The sign says ”Please leave your payment in the honesty box provided below”
…and we did.
In a paddock nearby we could see the happy chooks.
They’ve got everything they need; shade, water, food and most importantly, space to move about. Needless to say, the eggs were delicious!
In the background there are some goats, perhaps used for goats milk or cheese.
Here is a flashback to our summer vegetable garden….this young Crimson Rosella (changing colour from green to crimson) is caught red-handed sampling our tomatoes!
And all this time we thought a passing possum was the culprit!
By late summer…these lovely Crimson Rosellas have grown into their brilliant red and blue feathers….
…and I hope you have noticed that I’m doing my best to give equal opportunity to all local birds on this blog…
Autumn is a lovely season in Canberra, and I hope you are enjoying your season, wherever you may be in the world.
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