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market gardening

It sounds so earnest: growing vegetables organically. Perhaps too earnest for us, dreadful cynics, trading in sarcasm and guffaws. But we gradually traded up from balcony pots to small beds to serious backyard veg to this. Earnestly adoring vegetable growing. And finding some kind of dignity in hoeing a row. […]

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how potatoes grow

These have been popping up in the paddocks this week. I have two areas of spuds planted – one small paddock next to the house and a long row in the new organic market garden (where I put in purple congos after getting great potato feedback after this post!) It's […]

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Women’s work

  I've been looking at these seed potatoes for weeks now.  I searched high and low for Purple Majesty this year, I was ON A MISSION. Absolute dedication. I've heard all about them. They're deep indigo all the way through and they roast splendidly, but the mash, oh the mash, […]

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Harvesting ginger

Last spring, a lovely man that Adam was doing some farm contracting work for gave us a few ginger roots to plant. Exciting! I spoke to a friend of Mum and Dad's, David, who successfully grew it every year and he convinced me to try it in pots.  I watched […]

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winter garden

We're incredibly lucky with such a mild climate that we can keep growing things alive and harvesting around here throughout winter and without cold frames or greenhouses. (Although a greenhouse is on my 'Adam to do' list which he just found about about last week. "What to do list?" he […]

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garlicky

  How much do you love garlic? I love it in so many ways. Roasted whole. Sizzling in olive oil alongside onion. Rubbed on toasted sourdough. As the background kick in a delicious pesto. Garlic is so great.  I grew it for the first time last year and learnt a […]

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the organic market garden

  It was only three days ago that I suggested to Ad that we Roundup the organic market garden. (How's that for full disclosure? No one's perfect. Least of all round here.) We'd started so well. The pigs went in last Autumn. They dug it up beautifully. Then there was […]

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soiled

    I'm ruined. I'll never be able to walk past a pile of dirt ever again and ignore it. I have developed a deep, deep feeling for dirt. Kind of like Adam's deep feeling for chickens. He's watching youtube videos right at this moment on how to sex chickens. […]

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gardening leave

    Hello! I haven't been around here much lately because I've been in the garden or thinking about the garden or cooking something from the garden or out somewhere with half the garden still under my fingernails. Classy.  It's going NUTS! I can hardly remember a time without it, […]

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Thank you, Rooster.

  Day 18 and if I ever pretend I got to Day 19 on my own ingenuity, feel free to snort. Our friends Mark and Amy are responsible for us not chucking it in today. Friends that grow stuff. Who sent us home with enormous, crisp, juicy watermelons and delicious […]

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