In now: It’s all about the berries – blueberries from the north coast, strawberries from the Sydney region and from WA, and plenty of local mulberries.
At their best: It’s the high point of the asparagus season, Save the snapped-off ends and turn them into asparagus stock for a future risotto.
Best buy: Try Jerusalem artichokes shaved raw into a salad with celery, apple and mixed leaves.
In the vegie patch: The little green caterpillars of the cabbage white butterfly are the scourge of the brassica bed. Exclusion is the best policy. Suspend net over the growing plants.
- machine-picked green beans are a bargain if you’re buying to use soon, but they won’t store as long as hand-picked
- take your pick of kale colours
- custard apple season is nearly finished
- fennel is great value for a bit longer, but will soon go to seed
I’m leading a garden tour of Holland and Belgium next spring with Viking cruises. We’ll enjoy the ease and comfort of a river cruise, (love that unpack once thing!) with plenty of great garden moments at the height of tulip season. It will be just a small group and we’ll have a ball. Read the full itinerary on the brochure here.
Spring blooms with Robin Powell