Tuesday 25 February 2014

Harvest Monday

This week I've had a couple of zucchinis (disclaimer: I think I accidentally photographed one twice!), tomatoes, mini capsicums, silverbeet, kale, amaranth leaves, carrots, eggplant, basil, garlic chives, rosemary and Vietnamese mint.

I made this delicious pizza with grated zucchini, eggplant, rosemary, pasta sauce, ricotta, fetta and grated cheddar. It was simple but really yummy!

Other than that I have mostly been using my produce for pasta sauce and Asian noodle salads. Yum!

Check out Daphne's Dandelions to see other harvests!


Monday 17 February 2014

Harvest Monday

This week has seen...

plenty of tomatoes,

lots of herbs and rocket,

my first lemon,

potatoes and my first pointy tomatoes (any idea what variety they are?),

pretty Tigerella tomatoes,

silverbeet, amaranth leaves and 'fireworks' chillies,

kale, a great carrot, zucchini, eggplant and my first mini capsicum!

It has been a wonderful week in the garden and I'm looking forward to the next!

Check out Daphne's Dandelions to see more harvests.


Tuesday 4 February 2014

New seeds!

I was very excited to arrive home to my Diggers order. Can't wait to grow these interesting varieties!

Monday 3 February 2014

Harvest Monday & my new chooks

I didn't post last Monday, so in this entry I'll show two weeks of harvests, which still isn't really a lot! I've mostly been harvesting tomatoes and herbs. I'm a little disappointed that I'm not harvesting more things by now, but the weather has been crazy (a cool-ish Summer with random really hot days) and it's only my first year of gardening on my own (and second year ever) so I should probably cut myself some slack for things not being perfect! Regardless, I've been really enjoying gardening and eating my own produce. I find gardening so incredibly relaxing, and of course harvesting and eating my own produce is a delight. Here's most of what I harvested this past fortnight:

A very sunburnt Tigerella (I presume?) tomato that did not taste very nice!

And...I'm attempting to sprout an avocado seed! If it grows into a successful little tree, the plan is to graft a cutting from my boyfriend's mother's avocado tree onto it so that it hopefully fruits. I will then plant it at my parents' place, given that I am renting and I don't think they will ever sell their property!

I also got new chickens! I wasn't planning to get more so soon, but I visited a friend who has just started a free range egg farm and he had a few with...um...issues. They seem perfectly happy but he couldn't keep a close eye on them in a flock of 800+, whereas I can spoil them and make sure they're OK! There is a tiny rooster called Midgie (on the right) who doesn't crow (though if he starts to my friend will take him back because I live in the suburbs and I don't think the neighbours would be too fond of a 5am wake up call!). There is also Wonky Beak (left) whose problem is obvious, Jeff (centre) who has a hunched back, and Wobbles (not pictured) who walks like she is permanently drunk. They're an odd bunch but they're lovely chooks and I am getting attached already, especially to Wobbles!

Hope you've enjoyed reading this post. Head over to Daphne's Dandelions to see what other people are harvesting (or dreaming of harvesting in the Northern Hemisphere).