It's been such a long time since I've posted here that it's not really worth apologising. It is what it is. Other things have been happening, not least of which is a lot of painting (and there's a new blog for that over here).
Despite the neglect, the wild backyard is producing, with very little input from us. Exhibit A:
Cherry tomatoes - red, yellow and orange - and there are dozens more ripening (hopefully not all at once!). This is one of four big butternut pumpkins - I gave a second one away today, in exchange for some eggs. The pumpkins were volunteers - came up out of the compost I bury in the raised wicking beds. We've also had a small crop of potatoes (and I think there are a few more waiting in there) using the same no effort method!
Apples, and more apples. Quite a lot have gone to the birds, bats, possums, grubs and whatever other wildlife hangs around when we're not watching, but even so we've had plenty to eat and give away. There have been pears too, but it was the apple tree that went crazy this year.
In the past year we've had raspberries, blueberries, olives, various herbs, cumquats, lemons, lemonades and more. Just think - if we actually put some effort into it, we could be on the way to self-sufficiency (highly unlikely that it will happen, but it's a nice idea).