As expected, March this year was far drier than average in Adelaide and a couple of degrees warmer than usual, both by day and by night, setting the scene for a warmer and drier than usual autumn and perhaps even winter. It’s lovely weather for being out in the garden, but it’s not quite what our usual crops and planting calendars are adapted to! While the Barossa Valley received a sudden drenching early in the month, here in the city we just looked on in wonder as all the water sailed on by.
Below you can see a bit of what’s happening around here. (May I emphasise that these are the relatively tidy bits of the garden and that there are plenty of works in progress – not quite enough progress, usually!) Pomegranates are just reaching ripeness – ours are edible now but the arils will keep darkening over the next month or two and the flavour will deepen. I usually smash into them with a cleaver and then pick the segments apart in a bowl of water to avoid getting juice everywhere. As a bonus, the bitter yellow pith tends to float, making it easy to scoop off. Continue reading