I planted cabbages, broccoli and brussel sprouts over winter, but for most of winter they sat in the garden doing nothing. With the warm spring weather lately they have taken off and I am finally harvesting some - which is finally making room in the garden for my summer crops such as corn and tomatoes.
It has been part of our "permaculture home garden plan" to include many more perennial fruits and vegetables in our garden - a plan that looks like it is already starting to pay off as the garden looks fantastic this year. I am excited about the developing berry crop we have - all our one year old loganberries, boysenberries and raspberries look like they are going to produce fantastic fruit. We will have red and black currants soon as well and maybe even a few Chilean guavas and blueberries. Lots of new fruits that we were not able to grow in Forbes because the climate was too hot.
We are still trying to work out the best time to plant things in our Orange garden - the seasons and growing seasons are so different from what we had at Forbes three years ago.
Going into winter this year I pickled hard boiled eggs for when the chooks went off the lay over winter...... that way we could have some eggs for salads or satay or the like. But the chooks laid well all over winter and are in fact still laying well. So we have an egg glut - I have started sharing eggs with the neighbours.