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Holiday Harvests

Whew! All I can say is I LOVE SUMMER! I am in the middle of really enjoying a few days of rest and relaxation. I had my beautiful family here with me on Christmas eve and it was a magical day. The weather was sunny and hot and the garden was glowing. I spent all week getting it to look nice and in tip top condition and it was so worth it. My veggie patch supplied most of the Christmas Table spread and it was all gone by the time the family left. Well, it is the first time that we had no Christmas leftovers!!  Unheard of!

Let me share with you what’s been growing in the garden and what I was able to harvest for the Christmas Table …..

[one_half]Loads of beetroot – the eeps love the greens![/one_half]

[one_half_last]A handful of blueberries – so sweet![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Swiss chard or spinach (as I call it)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Runner beans – green and flavourful[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Cabbage still needs more time[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Iceberg lettuce[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Baby marrow in abundant supply[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Sweet basil – my favourite herb[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Coriander – so easy to grow[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Delicate chives – a must for any garden[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Sweet corn! Nearly ready[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The peaches were sooo delicious![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Roma tomatoes are taking their time this year[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Various lettuces, broccoli, spinach and beetroot[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Butternut squash taking over garden[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Broccoli patch with sunflowers and tomatoes[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Harvest surprise – what a monster![/one_half]

[one_half_last]A full plate of garden goodies![/one_half_last]

I am so enjoying the fruits of my labour! The hard work was so worth it!

Happy gardening xxx

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Whats growing in my veggie patch?

After all those flowers for GBBD – I am wondering what is happening in my veggie patch. I have been busy so I haven’t had time to take any new photos this week, but I will do this coming weekend and keep you up-to-date! But heres what’s growing in my veggie patch and my new raised beds. Somethings are completely new for me. For instance potatoes! I have read up on them and I have purchased my “seeds” from Living Seed so I am very curious on what my garden will produce. So far so good – they are the biggest plants in my garden. Everything else seems slow to rise. The beet root is taking nicely and some tomato plants are looking good.  Have a look and see …..

[one_half]My raised beds have Living Seeds planted in them[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My Roma tomatoes are coming along[/one_half_last]

[one_half]My first asparagus – I nearly missed it[/one_half]

[one_half_last]More potatoes! These are Harmony Potatoes from Living Seeds[/one_half_last]

[one_third]Celery is tall and green. Delicious and I use it for juices too.[/one_third]

[one_third]My first baby assorted lettuce leaves[/one_third]

[one_third_last]We are going to be fat potato heads after this crop! They better be good![/one_third_last]


Well that’s all for now! I’ll write a more detailed update after the weekend.


Happy Gardening xxxxx

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Linda’s Veggie Garden

Hi Barbie – I thought you might like to see how well Linda’s veggie garden is doing. I know every time you visit, Linda loves to rush you outside to show you the progress she’s made. I was so envious today when I went to look at her garden – her veggies look fantastic – compared to mine that have all been pulled out and composted. I’m waiting to start again next month, but my attempts were not half as successful as hers.

A bit of background for anyone who is interested and doesn’t know Linda: Linda is a lovely lady that has been working for me and my business for the past 16 years. She started out as a “domestic maid” and over the years has become an integral part of our family and business – she works for us full time and runs our household and the office like a sergeant major. Truth be told, without Linda my business would not function as well as it does. Over the years Linda and I have become very close and I am extremely privileged to be able to call Linda one of my closest friends.

Linda lives in an area which has very poor soil and nothing much other than the hardiest of hardy plants will grow in her suburb. When I started my veggie garden (in the veggie planter I blogged about here) she made some comments that made me realise she desperately wanted her own garden to plant veggies and a few pretty flowers. So I cleared a bed for her in my garden and “gave” it to her to cultivate as she saw fit. The bed is 2.5 x 5 metres large and I assisted initially by buying her some seedlings, seeds, compost etc. and then left her to do her own thing. She is immensely proud of her veggie garden and lovingly tends to it every day.

The results speak for themselves …





None of my veggies turned out this well!

She planted lots of marigolds in between all her veggies – the marigolds don’t look great, but wow her vegetables do! Hardly an insect to be seen! She also has potatoes, celery, peppers and Thai basil growing beautifully! She kindly let me plant some things in a small corner (1x1m²) and to be very honest, my “corner” spoils the whole patch with a few very sad looking things trying to grow there. I think I have to get Linda to help me when I start my veggies again next month. She obviously has a greener thumb than I have 🙂

Happy Gardening

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The big garden clean up

Hi Chris, It was one of those tough weeks that takes from you emotionally as well as physically. My Hubby’s step-dad passed away on friday morning and this took its toll on the whole family. The way to regain my senses and strength is taking the chickens in tow and start gardening. I spent the whole day Saturday cleaning up the veggie patch, raked, dug, pruned, added compost and potted all my new plants until the sun was gone. It was a good way for me to express my respect to all things old and new and to always look to the earth for new life – in growth and in spirit. I was so encouraged to see my energy-giving veggies looking strong and healthy. The onions – my little soldiers – keeps all the bugs in check. Oh yes, my friend, life continues and we should remember to enjoy, respect, treasure and love!

[one_half]Big clean 01[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Big clean up 02[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Big clean up 03[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Big clean up 04[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Veg patch clean up 01[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Veg patch clean up 02[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Veg patch clean up 03[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Veg patch clean up 04[/one_half_last]