Archive for May, 2014

In which I climb onto the roof

Please, nobody tell Mr Gorgeous, but I have been up on the roof. Not that I’m a stranger to the roof, but I usually go up when someone else is home to either catch me, put me back together or call an ambulance should I fall off.
I blame the garden Share Collective. I’m doing my post for June, and there’s not so much happening, so I thought a wide shot would show the garden, and therefore me, in the best light.
I have three main sections of vegetable garden, and I’ve tried to get a picture of each, although there are quite a few branches in the way. The shed roof would have been better, but I thought that one roof was enough for the day.

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This month, I will be blogging a quick lick and promise, as I have very limited time, but I hope to have more to tell you next time.

PLANTING
Some of everything is in, except broad beans, but I will do some succession planting of lettuce, Asian greens and peas.

TO DO
Weed, or mulch. The horse manure we got has a bit of fine grass seed in it, so I’ll need to deal with those babies while they’re small.

HARVEST
Not a lot this month. Some late tomatoes, and some capsicum and chili. I also have lots of spinach in various forms. (Warragul greens, silver beet, English spinach).
On the other hand, thanks to bumper harvests over Summer, and even before, and my large freezer, I have gone through all of May without buying a vegetable, and I still have some left. I’ve been doing a no shop challenge during May, and frankly, at the end of the month, I still have an embarrassingly large amount of food in the house. I think I’ll keep going for a couple more weeks.
So that’s all I have to report for today, but I’ll do better next time.

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In which I struggle to regain my gardening spark

We have decided not to enter our garden in the local open garden this year. The decision has left me a little short for inspiration in the garden, especially with a lot of digging due to be done. Mr Gorgeous came to the rescue yesterday and dug two beds for me, so I have finally planted some winter crops.

I have however been busy dealing with the harvest, and for those who are interested in what happens to it all, I’m blogging at Donnaisplayinghouse where this month I’m going to have a red hot go at not buying any food for all of May. This is the second time I’ve done this challenge, and it’s been a great way to get towards the bottom of the cupboard, fridge and freezer, and to really be frugal with my resources.

I have been most encouraged though by a visit from Linda from Chloe’s Garden¬†who popped in for a look at the garden, and within a week managed to solve my two biggest garden searches. I have been looking for a small capsicum to stuff like they do at the supermarket, and have been growing different varieties for a couple of years in the hope of finding the perfect one. Well, thanks to Linda, I now have seeds! Also, I’ve been wanting to grow tree onions, and again thanks to Linda I have a supply to get me started. What a treasure she is!

Thanks (and congratulations on the new bub) to Lizzie from the Garden share collective for hosting this blog share, and getting me off my backside and into the garden so I wouldn’t be completely ashamed of myself.

What I’m picking
Tomatoes, still, but the quality and quantity are both way down. I got enough for two meals with yesterday, but only a handful were nice enough to eat raw. I oven roasted the rest, half for tea, half for the freezer.

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Pumpkins, all at once.

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Capsicums and chillis. These have been very late bloomers and I hope I get a few more to turn red before the cold weather really hits.

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The last of the apples and pears. The pears will mostly be cooked, as the kids don’t especially like this variety raw in their lunch boxes.

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Beets. Now cooked and ready to bottle, as that’s Mr Gorgeous’s favourite.

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What I’m planting
Lots of brassicas, greens like mizuna and lettuce and chicory and Pak Choy, onions, late beets, garlic, hopefully soon some peas and broad beans.

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What I need to do
Get enthused.
Dig.
Plant.
Compost.
Just do it.