Tuesday 17 December 2013

Oh dear...

I have been dreaming about my tomatoes ripening. I think I need a life.

Sunday 15 December 2013

Harvest Monday (+ garden update and pictures) 

It's another small and boring harvest this week I'm afraid! Lettuce, carrots, mint, rosemary, nasturtiums and eggs.

I have been drying the herbs for future use, or to give to family members as Christmas presents.



There are definitely some exciting things happening in the garden though. It's just a matter of time before I am harvesting wonderful Summer veggies!

 My blueberry plant I recently bought from Diggers. I doubt I'll get fruit this year because it's still so small, but who knows? Maybe next year anyway! Blueberries are one of my favourite fruits but I don't usually buy them because organic ones are super expensive, and I hate to think of the chemicals sprayed onto non-organic ones! I often buy frozen organic blueberries though and add them to smoothies, or just eat them as they are! 

Basil plants coming along nicely...


The main veggie patch. The nasturtiums and potatoes are going crazy! And yes, that's a cauliflower plant on the right hand side. I highly doubt it will do very well in the Australian Summer but I'm curious to see what happens. Another experiment!

 Compost pumpkins are going very well

Borage, tomatoes, carrots, nasturtium, lettuce, capsicum, eggplant and a leek...I think that's it! Oh and silverbeet and kale that are getting destroyed by bugs. Not sure what to do about that! I guess they're not really designed for warmer weather anyway. The dish is part of my attempt to attract butterflies to my garden, as I read somewhere that they like wet sand as they drink the minerals from the water.

Zucchinis are getting there...though the flowers seem to keep dropping off and then the zucchini they were attached to dies. No idea why this is happening and it's frustrating!

First pumpkin!

Tomatoes on right hand side are setting lots of fruit. I hope at least one of them is a cherry tomato variety so that I can eat them sooner, though I don't know how to tell so early on. I have no idea what variety any of my tomatoes are because they either self seeded from the garden or came from a mixed pack of Diggers seeds.

And my most recent experiment...growing rice! Not much to report yet, other than that I soaked some brown bio-dynamic rice for a few days then chucked it into here with a whole heap of dirt and water. Will update on progress!

I will be contributing this to Harvest Monday hosted by Daphne's Dandelions, so head over there to check out what people are harvesting in other parts of the world!

Thanks for reading and happy gardening,


Monday 9 December 2013

Harvest Monday (on Tuesday again)

This week I harvested a large leek, a few carrots, potatoes, lettuce, mint and Vietnamese mint. 

I'm hoping that soon I will be able to show you...



 and maybe even lemons! 

Also, look at how well my pumpkins I planted where my compost bin used to be are going! They are at least three times the size of those on the other side of the garden which are just planted in the soil that was already here (I haven't added much compost that section of the garden yet). I'm hoping these will be one of the few things that can survive the wrath of my chooks, so I took off their covers today. Not so sure how well the self-seeded tomatoes growing here will fair against the chickens, however!

Head over to Daphne's Dandelions to check out other (much more impressive) harvests from around the world.

Thanks for reading,

Jess :) 

Sunday 1 December 2013

Harvest Monday

Not much to show off this week at all! 

Not surprisingly in the increasing heat, my kale is getting destroyed by bugs.

The culprit (or one of them)!

Three eggs a day, lettuce, carrots and potatoes

I decided to make a quick stew/soup type thing using my carrots, kale and the rest of my broad beans. I basically threw everything in this picture into a pot (in the tubs are frozen kale leftover from juicing and frozen cooked lentils), plus some tomatoes and leftover steamed asparagus, cauliflower and cabbage. 

Coated in cheese, this stew was actually quite nice!

My zucchinis and tomatoes are flowering like crazy, so I'm hoping it won't be too long before I have some more interesting things to show you!