Winter is just about to turn into spring so my gardens are changing rapidly. Buds and flowers are starting to cover the mango and avocado trees. Winter vegetables are reaching maturity and, as I harvest, space is opening up in the gardens for new season seedlings. The transition is exciting. It’s now been almost a … Continue reading State of flux in my garden – and my life
When you need to cook a fast and easy dinner, this aromatic spaghetti dish is perfect. It is even better when you have most of the ingredients in your gardens. And it is delicious! I struggle to come up with many things as satisfying as cooking meals with the vegetables I grow. Sometimes I use … Continue reading Parsley and chilli spaghetti. Fresh, fast and easy pasta using home grown ingredients
Spending time working in my gardens makes me happy. It's a special kind of happiness, so I welcome garden time. As I had a mostly free weekend, I was able to accomplish a great deal of progress in the garden. Balancing the worst job in the garden (weeding) with the best (harvesting), I transformed my gardens … Continue reading Autumn weekend garden progress; from weeding, to sowing and harvesting
I find it difficult to believe I have only been growing my own vegetable seedlings for a year. I have taken to it quickly, have had success with it and it's become one of my passions. Assisting and watching the seedlings grow into fresh, useful produce is paricularly satisfying. I plan meals around my backyard harvests … Continue reading Experience the unusual – discovering and growing distinctive vegetables
When I last posted about my garden progress and the excess seedlings, it all looked kind of cute. The seedlings were growing but still quite small. I confessed to being an overplanter and admitted I was aware it could all go awry. I predicted chaos in the garden, and I was right! Right now, the plants in … Continue reading Confessions of an overplanter – part 2: The consequences
Now the weather is heating up, my crops are going completely berserk. Bunches of mangoes seem to have doubled in the last couple of weeks, pumpkin plants are definitely starting to take over a section of my yard, with many little pumpkins growing. The tomato plants have started jumping out of the ground, with lots … Continue reading Beans and zucchinis. Zucchinis and beans. Repeat.
Have you ever known you were doing something a bit stupid but you were excited and nonchalant about the consequences so you did it anyway? Well, that's me with vegetable gardening, particularly this season because I grew my own seedlings and needed to plant them somewhere! I became a bit carried away during the seed planting process because … Continue reading Confessions of an overplanter
My newfound obsession with growing seedlings resulted in the need for another garden bed, as my original garden beds were bursting at the seams. The new garden is now fully planted and the seedlings are growing happily. Pots of excess seedlings line the fence and surround one of the greenhouses. I am preparing for a productive spring/summer … Continue reading Progress in the garden. Let the harvesting begin.
My favourite reason for visiting Melbourne is the food. Melbourne has many things to offer, but the food is my drawcard. When planning a trip there, I always calculate the amount of days I will be staying and how many meals it equates to. This weekend trip had been planned for a couple of months … Continue reading Melbourne’s food, culture and community make me happy again
Cooking with fresh, organic produce is one of the reasons I love growing my own vegetables. Fresh, healthy, delicious salads are possibly my favourite thing about summer. And with the weather warming up quickly, salad season is here! This morning I picked some radishes. They were a beautiful crimson colour and I decided to use them right away rather than … Continue reading Cabbage and radish salad – fresh from the garden