If you’re lucky, you’ll have some good garlic heads left to plant. I used four heads of garlic to give me 56 cloves (that will supply me a head of garlic a week for the year, plus four more to plant next year). You’ll need an area about 1.2m square to fit those in if you plant them 15 cm apart in each direction.
Sow broad beans and lupins to fill gaps where you’ve cleared summer crops. They’ll fix the nitrogen from the air into the soil using nodules in their roots and give next season’s crops a extra fertiliser boost. Plus they’ll add organic matter to the soil, protect it from the weather and suppress the weeds.
The winter greens are coming into their own with kale, silverbeet, cabbage, corn salad, rocket and chicory all on the menu this week. I was the grateful recipient of Al Brown’s beautiful ‘Stoked‘ book this week and made my interpretation of the warm corn, carrot and coriander salad with the last of the summer corn straight away. There’s a delicious za’atar pumpkin and cucumber salad to follow soon.
I have added Martha’s Pantry in Cuba Street to the last week’s list of Wellington attractions. It manages to differentiate itself from the run of the mill cafe. High tea is $25 per person including unlimited and excellent tea. Great service and even the bathrooms are a cut above the rest. Bookings essential at weekends.