Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Monday's Harvest

Monday's Harvest hosted by Daphne at Daphne's Dandelions is a great way to take a peek at what others are harvesting from their Gardens........

Yesterday's harvest ( running a bit late this week) was a small one.

Kale , Mizuna, Yellow pear and Tigerella tomatoes.      A sprig of rosemary which is just coming into flower.

Within my local community there are lots of older farms with fruit trees and thanks to the local bird population there are also lots of apple trees growing along quiet country lanes, perfect for a quick stop on the way home from work or a afternoon stroll.
 Perfect cooking apples for pies or stewed to go with of muesli and yogurt for breakfast.


Friday, 24 February 2012

Who forgot to check the zucchini's?

Yes its that time of year again when we all (well some of us) go into the patch one morning and find a monster ! but a tasty one.

Zucchini Romaneso has produced lovely creamy fleshed fruit in abundance and we have been happily eating them in salads,stir-frys and pickles.

Tonight I'm trying fritters which should use up a couple more.

I would love to try Zucchini bread and wondering if anyone has a  favorite recipe they would like to share??

This weekend is going to be a hot one for those who are living in Victoria so please take care and keep cool.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Mondays Harvest

Yesterday was the day to remove all plants which had finished producing or were looking tired and worn out (bit like me after being on the end of a hoe all day but thats another story)  due to lack of rain and yes i admit a bit of attention too.

Last plants to remove today was the corn after harvesting the last of the cobs, all small but still plump and hopefully tasty for our tea tonight. Will also make a little relish which has become a bit of an obsession of mine lately!

                                                                     12 little cobs

Whilst weeding and digging over the soil i accidently chopped through the vine of my butternut pumkin,
normally i wouldn't harvest them for a couple more weeks so lets hope this little beauty has had enough sunshine.

Only pumkin plant that ended up producing fruit and as you can see there's 3 more on the plant  so i'm happy with that!

And the last of today's harvest are plenty of cherry tomatoes these will go in tomorrow nights dinner of Risotto made to Barb's delish recipe found here.

Be Inspired.......... check out what other keen gardener's are harvesting kindly hosted by Daphne's Dandelions you never know what you may discover...................

                                                             Happy Gardening!!!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Going Native.

Well i wasn't going to start my new garden until Autumn but early Febuary saw a week of cooler weather and i was just plain sick of looking at a pile of dry soil/rocks while having my morning cuppa.
The new Garden is quite a challenge as it covers such a large area which iv'e broken down into sections to make it easier to complete.

The Grand Plan is to have rockery of native plants (bird attracting) at rear and side of cottage (section 1)
On one side of the cottage , A small Olive grove, Veggie Garden  and Orchard which can be watered from a small dam.  ( sections 2,3,4)
At the front of the cottage a couple of trees for shade and interest but nothing to big to block out the beautiful views . (section 5)

So i began on section 1, digging over the soil breaking up clumps of clay and shale and watering in wetta soil granules. I had previously sprayed weeds so they were all dead and easy to dig in.

Of course the most enjoyable part is visiting the nursery which was Goldfields Revegetation situated about a 10minute drive out of Bendigo. All plants are grown from seeds or cuttings taken from indigenous plants in quite a large area of central Victoria, so you can obtain plants which are most suitable for your area. I brought my plants as tubes $1.95 each i find these adapt the quickest to conditions, develop a strong root system and usually all survive.

Scaevola "Mauve Clusters" looks a little lost here but in no time it sould be trailing over the rocks.



When doing some earthworks lots of rock was unearthed, such beautiful warm colors.

I have also planted the following:
Kangaroo Grass
Wallaby Grass
Dianella (Flax Lilies)

And of course Alfred likes to oversea my work and lay in the lucerne mulch.

Perfect spot for brecky and visiting pup also enjoy, this is Alfred's brother Jed and playmate, boy do they provide some laughs.

Hope you all have a great weekend in your garden or otherwise!!!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Harvest Monday

One crop which i have been gleefully harvesting is potatoes.

Tubers planted in last years compost/pumpkin tank, and covered with lots of rotted down lucerne mulch and straw from the chook pen.

Some of these potatoes went into making one of my favourite meals.

                                            potato, flour, Parmesan cheese, salt and egg yolks.

A simple tomato sauce with home grown tomatoes, garlic and onion and topped with a little chopped parsley and basil................

Head over to Daphne's Dandelions and see what else has been harvested today around the globe.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Summer Delight.......

We gardeners are a patient lot, planting seeds, tubers,canes and bulbs in the hope of a wonderful harvest, how long would you wait for fruit from a tree?
Memories of Mulberry picking as a child and the beautiful sweet fruit that was eaten straight from the tree and then with ice cream for dessert was enough for me to want to plant one when we first brought our farm.

Sixteen years on and our precious tree has over come many trials, firstly rabbits which liked to chew the tender young branches, then a ten year drought when any spare washing water was feed to the thirsty roots, and of course fighting for the few berries from the numerous birds visiting our garden.
Each year I've spread manure and pruned where needed..........
Each year I've watched and waited...........
This year i netted.................
This year i have many plump juicy berries............
Enough to enjoy for breakfast with yogurt and muesli...........
 And even enough to make a few jars of jam...........

Mulberries ripen in stages over a couple of weeks and are easy to tell when ripe as they are nearly black in color.


They are large berries, mulberry on the right, blackberry on the left.

Great flavour and as i only had a small amount i cooked them with some red plums and made 4 jars of jam.

The Mulberry Tree is a long lived tree and in many country towns and old farms they can be found once planted by the early settlers and now over a hundred years old.

A little blackberry picking too............

A bumper year for blackberries too!!
I think one of the things i love most about about berry picking is the time spent with family and friends, talking and laughing while picking, time just floats by........