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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, it seems so elemental to our dinner table. And this'll sound like an irritating cliche, but once you start eating homegrown produce, it's all over. You call that a radish? That is not a radish! Ah, the earnest zeal of a garden freak. Someone who you invite for coffee who just wants to poke around your pots and beds and see what you're growing and talk about how do you control cabbage moth organically? Yawn. I'm so sorry. It has taken me over. SO much so that I haven't even been photographing it!

So today I did.

Tilly is very keen on the garden, particularly the harvesting bit. She's very good actually, and excellent at washing picked vegies. And staging lets-eat-the-enormous-beetroot shots. 

 

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I ripped into my zucchini bed last week when my elderly friend Lauris visited for an inspection and rolled her eyes at the enormous zucchini jungle. It hadn't occurred to me until that eyeroll that I might need to prune. And now there's light and air circulating we have even more zukes setting! Thanks Lauris! No one leaves this house without at least two zukes! You can use three? Excellent. 

 

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I've planted broadbeans and climbing beans and I have to get some autumn type veg into seed trays soon. So exciting. All-out garden geekdom.

 

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I've learnt that green capsicums and red capsicums are the very same plant, you just have to wait wait wait for them to turn red!! Waiting….

 

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I foolishly planted watermelon in a bed. A wanton and reckless decision. It's (apparently) such a pain in the bum to mow around that hot damn those melons better be tasty. 

 

PicMonkey CollageI was pretty stoked this lot of carrots grew straight. Look at that. They look like carrots! They taste super carroty! So FUN! 

Fresh picked strawberries! Cherry tomatoes baked with basil!

 

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A few vitamins and minerals and I'm crack-a-lacking. 

I think I need more beds. Or, in fact, a paddock.

xxx

11 Comments on “gardening leave

Melinda--Marshmallow Mudpie
February 13, 2013 at 12:39 am

How beautiful! You have an amazing garden! 🙂

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Cassandra Allen
February 13, 2013 at 2:14 am

Yum, so inspired. I’m sure you know, but the beet leaves are full of goodness too and totally edible. Great in fruit-veg juice combos, or here’s Sarah Britton…
http://mynewroots.org/site/2009/09/whole-food-thinking-and-whole-plant-eating-2/

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Christine
February 13, 2013 at 5:20 am

Wow, very impressive!! Everything looks GREAT!!

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Penny Hannah
February 13, 2013 at 6:42 am

Can anyone be a super heroine in a garden? All that beautiful veg makes one’s mouth water and what better excuse could you have for leaving a computer and enjoying the great outdoors?
Savour the fruits of your labours and feeling like Lady Bountiful while distributing the excess.

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Just Joyful
February 13, 2013 at 9:11 am

Oh my goodness! Your garden looks really special. So much variety, so healthy, you should be so proud.

It’s my dream to have a productive garden, and you have given me something to aspire to. I can’t wait until we move to Bathurst and have a back yard big enough to put decent vegie beds in. But then comes the learning from others – like having to prune zucchinis – would never have known that!

Do you know anyone with good advice about fruit trees? We have some peach and apple trees at our new place, and I’m so excited, but nervous that I don’t know how to look after them.

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Jodie
February 13, 2013 at 1:13 pm

You prune madly-out-of-control zucchini?!? Who knew??! As soon as I finishing the invoicing I’m procrastinating over right now I’m off with the shears! Looks awesome Fi, can’t wait to meet it all in person. Well done you!

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Sue
February 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Fabulousness. Love!

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JenK
February 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I would never have thought to prune a zuchini. It makes sense though. And considering my husband is a chronic over planter just might help!

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Cassandra
February 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Wow, I’m so jealous of your super-productive garden. Our patch is it it’s first year, but it’s been more lessons in fortitude and patience with natural pest after natural pest than over abundance and joyous success. You’re inspiring me to start up my Autumn planning and keep persevering!

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Bee Girl (AKA Melissa)
February 15, 2013 at 10:02 am

Such fabulousness! Congrats on a bountiful harvest!!!

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amanda (sweetpotatoclaire)
March 7, 2013 at 3:51 am

LOVELY! I haven’t stopped by for a read in a long while and ‘refound’ you via a little eco footprints comment. your place looks amazing! I can’t even imagine the bliss of waking up next to the ocean like that every day, up on a hillside with a thriving farm/garden. (I mean, I CAN imagine it….. but, you know…) bravo!

will definitely be stopping by more (again)
cheers from north carolina, u.s. (where we are currently enjoying a snow day and planning out the garden for the year…)

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