In season

November 3

In now: Small, uncured bulbs are the harbingers of the Australian garlic season. The cloves are juicy, sticky and not for storing.

Not for long: Broad beans are at their peak. Most pods will need double shelling to remove the mealy pale green skin.

Best buy: Can’t go past the Cavendish bananas. Eat blitzed in smoothies, sliced on cereal, smashed on toast, or frozen then whizzed with lime juice and maple syrup into ‘ice cream’.

In the vegie patch: Watch out for citrus leaf miner attack on the new foliage of kaffir lime. Spray with Eco-oil or pestoil.

What else:

  • early cherries have arrived. The best flavour and prices are a few weeks off.
  • pick up some beetroot to pickle for summer salads
  • Sydney growers are harvesting red cabbage
  • Katherine-grown mangoes are delicious

***Exciting news!
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


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