free food





I was admiring the biggest garden bed of pumpkins I've ever seen growing domestically a week or so ago, and my friend Vanessa, amazing gardener, said most of the seeds were saved from last year's pumpkins.

I love that. 

So when I accidentally paid $8 for an organic pumpkin last week (I know, FAR OUT), I neurotically washed the seeds. Adam chucked them out (into the chook food) and I retrieved them. Ivy tipped them out of the sieve they were drying in (I'd taken it outside as they were not properly washed and were attracting drain flies) and I painstakingly picked them all up again.

I washed them properly this time and am letting them dry for a few weeks before storing them for planting this year. My future pumpkins may be 'free' as long as we don't put a value on time and labour, right?




Did you know you can grow leeks from the bottom bit you discard? And carrots from carrot tops? I haven't yet, but Vanessa told me and she is my guru. Those leeks above might have been sitting waiting for a pot for a day or two too long… Thought I'd give a beet a go while I was there. Nothing ventured, you know.

I was given four tiny tomato plants a few weeks ago. 

Check them out! I should have photographed a small child lost in the tomato wilderness to give perspective.





My tomatos/triffids are just starting to yield. 





I'm disproportionately excited about my own (free) tomatos. 

Love a tomato.

Smashed to smithereens and slow simmered into pizza sauce, sliced with sea salt and olive oil, diced into a summer salad, or halved and roasted and served with eggs. Mmmmm. Anyone hungry?


7 Comments on “free food

February 1, 2012 at 7:59 am

Ooh i love that someone else’s tomatoes look like mine, and i was so worrried that mine weren’t going to turn red but we had our first tiny toms with dinner last night and they we’re delicious! I’m definitely going to have to pull my finger out when it comes to seed saving this year, i keep saying im going to do it but somehow i always end up at the hardware buying seedlings!!!

February 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Oh my goodness! How awesome looking are those tomatoes!! And how dear was that pumpkin!! Whatever you’ve got going on fertiliser wise is brilliant. I love heirloom tomatoes.

February 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Completely free home-grown food is very exciting! We’re wandering through a vegie-garden-free time, due to my study load right now. As soon as I’m done (in 3 years!) I’m getting back into it.

You can grow spring onions the same way as you do leeks. And last time I saw Aussie garlic I picked up a bulb to plant. I do still have a herb garden so they’ll go in there.

February 3, 2012 at 4:29 am

I love a fresh tomato straight from the bush . . . salt shaker in hand! We had BLTC’s yesterday for lunch (bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheese on lightly toasted, homemade bread, with lettuce and tomato from the garden). Yum Yum!

I planted leeks years ago. Every year I let one or two go to flower and seed, when the babies come up on their own, and are the size of green onions(scallions) I transplant them in nice even rows. Been doing it for years. Check out my blog post titled Alive and Still Thriving for photo.

We are getting ready to plant Yukon Gold potatoes for the very first time, any tips on growing potatoes? We’re newbies.

February 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

Ive never grown potatoes, we plan to this year! My friend Darren has though, with great success. Check out his post: Hope this helps! xx

February 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Different type of vegetables are so important to stay healthy.Tomato colors are so beautiful.Farm look with different colors tomato.It really wonderful.

June 17, 2012 at 4:38 am

I’v grown potatoes in buckets and other containers on my patio, never have to dig, just dump and pick the up.


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