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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. This little market garden of ours has been a long held dream, and we're effervescent about seeds going in and plants coming up. 

We ran pigs in here, for too long, it turned out. They ate the kikuyu and compacted the soil and when we should have moved them off it we didn't, and the weeds returned in full force. Weeds that Adam then dug out by hand, every square metre of them, resisting my Dad's relentless recommendation of a simple Roundup solution (even I began to see the merits), and digging digging digging out those weeds. 

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We hired some cheap labour (my nephews. Excellent workers. I'm hoping to run full house niece and nephew "holidays" here in the future.)

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And here we are.

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Rhubarb and asparagus are up.

 

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Blueberry!

 

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We're very lucky to have access to markets here, and restaurants and a food co-op on our doorstep, keen for whatever we grow. Our plan is primarily to supply our workshops and farm lunches and to do something with the majority of everything else, making things to sell at our market stalls and through our (eventual!) farm shop. Pickles, preserves, confits, compotes, soups, pies, jams. I'm planting a lot of radish!

There's a heap of work ahead, and we're hoping to be able to accommodate Wwoofers soon. Obviously. Adam did the watering at about 9.30pm tonight. We're stretched a bit thin, but soon, SOON there'll be veg! Lots of fresh, organically grown veg. 

Earnest? Hell yes. And tasty. 

xxx

 

6 Comments on “market gardening

Fiona
October 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

fabulous. looks great. i am excited for you. and wish we had a little more space. I have a tiny patch in the front yard and we eat from it daily. the pleasure i get from that little space is astounding

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Karl
October 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Looks like you guys had fun there. I love cooking etc but have never tried gardening like this, I think it would be a great experience.

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Robyn
October 12, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Have you considered boiling hot water for weed eradication? Usually kills ’em off within a few days.

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Merryl Chantrell
October 13, 2013 at 6:44 am

Onya guys 🙂

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Emma
October 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm

You are the future! I hope it continues to be a success.

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lily boot
October 29, 2013 at 10:17 am

Gorgeous! Look at that beautiful soil. I adore what you’re doing in such a beautiful part of the world – awesome contribution to goodness 🙂 And I so want to come to some of your workshops – hoping to give Julian one for Christmas!

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