So spring is here in the Blue Mountains finally and we can actually see the sky for more than a few minutes at last! The last two years with constant rain has been so dismal… and the actual daylight hours shining on our plants have been so low that we have really had a hard time growing some crops. But this year the ‘cloud of doom’ seems to have lifted a little further and spring is looking good so far here. The perennials like the Skirret plants ( aka ‘skyrwates, crummock’ Sium sisarium) shown here in pots are bouncing back with vigour. Skirret is a reliable very old cultivated vegetable mainly grown for it’s very nice divided roots that have a flavour like celery crossed with carrot & sweet potato when roasted. But the fresh leaves can also be eaten and taste of greens peas and capsicum. A very worthwhile perennial vegetable originally from China, but taken across Europe before Roman times. It has been written about at least since Gaius Plinius Secundus aka ‘Pliny the Elder’ who mentions it in his writings and then later in the 11th century when Hildegard von Bingen recommends it again. Potatoes here in the upper mountains are now in their first full growth and are bursting up out of the ground or – as shown here – in containers & grow bags – they are very flexible tubers.
It’s that time again!
This is just a quick reminder that the next scheduled meeting for the year 2022 of the Mid Blue Mountains SeedSavers is on at the Bullaburra Progress Hall this coming weekend.
Sunday 23 October 2022 from 10 am till Midday
Help celebrate the Blue Mountains Spring!
It’s time to put seeds and seedlings in and plan for the abundance of summer.
Come along and talk about growing things with like minded people.
Hope to see you there celebrating the current productive growing season!
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Apologies for missing BM Seed Savers on Sunday. I’m out of town again. John, all the broadbean seeds you gave me have germinated and are growing strongly. Peas and snow peas going gangbusters. Dwarf beans a bit slow to get started but on their way now. I have a lovage plant and some seeds if anyone wants to try it. Someone would need to pick them up before the meeting.