This christmas we aimed to keep it simple, using what we already had, and making the most of nature and what was growing in our garden. Making gifts became important and catching up with people was extra special.
Garlic is a long growing journey, taking place during the coldest of months. In our cold temperate climate, Garlic is the standout hero. Garlic is born to grow here. It suits this climate, well, down to the ground!
Garlic does like a cold, reasonably wet and long winter, so down here in the south east of Australia, it makes sense that there are many garlic farms here. Last year, we got our best crop ever, and rainfall was above our 1000ml average for the year. So the garlic (...)
When we made it into the greenhouse (ah) to get going on the winter vegetables, we decided to plant foods that would help us stay at home longer and enable us to distance ourselves, while remaining healthy, choosing many “cut and come again” staples that compliment many a meal.
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Perfectly sized to be eaten by one person, the old heirloom variety called "Lemon Cucumber" (because of the colour of the skin, not taste) ticks all the boxes!
It's prolific, easy to grow, even here in our cold temperate climate, and miraculously develops a thick skin once it's picked, but remains sweet and juicy on the inside, without a hint of bitterness at all! It also tends to have a longer growing period than other cucumbers.
'Vigorous', 'perennial' and 'oddity' are just some of the words that jumped out at me from the. Seed packet of the "reuse tomato" traveller tomato, a Peruvian heirloom vegetable that made the cut for the new vegetables to plant in my ..(.....)
This year I looked at my usual pickles recipe and decided to add to it and change it up a bit and added a few of my favourite flavours. For example instead of plain old vinegar, why not a full flavoured apple cider vinegar?
I really didn't think when I put in 2 very small "no dig" vegetable plots in our garden on the first weekend that we moved in, that in 5 years it would have grown to 13 veggie beds and now a greenhouse. Every few months i have (probably) annoyed the husband, asking "Can you put another one over in that corner?" or "You know what would go well over there?". Since its pretty apparent that I love growing food, when I came home from Ireland last year, there, it was, brand spanking new greenhouse...