Soup is a great winter lunch option – leek and potato, pumpkin or watercress are all delicious and relatively portable. They’re a wonderful way to get kids to eat more vegetables, if that is your aim. I managed to scavenge a few winter salad leaves (rocket, red dandelion chicory, mibuna and a beautiful red mizuna) that the slugs and sparrows had left for me to go with some broad bean fritters for another lunch. Red kale, black kale (cavalo nero) and curly kale are also all doing well at the moment.
If you don’t grow your own celery, make sure you buy organic celery as it’s one of the most likely items to contain pesticide residues. Home grown celery is easy to grow, tastes great and you can pick it a stem at a time so it’s always crisp. A couple of plants will keep you in celery all winter.
If you haven’t sown your broad beans and garlic, do it now. Mulch after sowing and you’ll cut your weeding and improve the soil. The beans and garlic won’t have any trouble pushing through even quite a thick layer of mulch.
A rainy winter’s day is the perfect time to contemplate the seed catalogue for next season.
If you’re feeling the effects of too much vigourous gardening you might enjoy the Pilates for Gardeners workshop on Friday 16 July 2010 in the Wellington Botanic Garden.