Wednesday, 27 October 2010

New potato bed

Growing potatoes is very rewarding. Apart from the fact that home-grown potatoes are very tasty and totally organic - it is also a great way of starting a new bed, as you have to pile up the soil to hill the potatoes. Once Berry Gnome has harvested the taties, I take over and plant garlic or onions.
Here we have a new bed. It has to be netted as the chooks constantly break into our backyard (3 acres of land is apparently not enough for them!). This netting is also fantastic for a brassica bed (cabbages, caulies, broccoli, etc.). The white caterpillars (actually they are moths, but who wants to be picky?) cannot get through the netting, hence no annoying caterpillars on the plants later on.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Garden Pasta...

...with purple sprouting broccoli. This has been a great addition to the winter garden. The more you harvest, the more it grows back. Beautiful!
Here it is, together with snow peas and broad beans (mostly hidden).
Sauté the veggies with some garlic and (spring) onions, season, add preferred cooked pasta (organic spelt in this case). Then top with generous helpings of fresh parsley, grated parmesan and crispy fried (home-made) bacon. Spring in a bowl! :)

Friday, 22 October 2010

A walk in the spring garden...continued

Are you interested in seeing more of our overgrown garden? Okay, let's go!

The bronze fennel is nice and bushy. It will grow taller and go to seed at the end of summer. Lots of very fragrant seeds to be harvested!
The rest of the post can be found here, on the Adelaide Kitchen Gardeners.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

A walk in the spring garden

Spring is such an exciting season! There are tons of trees & plants flowering, seeds are germinating left, right & centre, the hills and paddocks are lusciously green, the garden is overgrown with grass and weeds, but soon there will be a little order in this chaos.
Have a look at the Adelaide Kitchen Gardeners' blog entry to continue the walk through the garden.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Curry feast

We have been experiencing cold days (and nights) again.
What better way to keep warm than having a curry feast at night?!

One of my all-time favourite Indian cookbooks is "India's 500 Best Recipes: A vibrant collection of spicy appetizers, tangy meat, fish and vegetable dishes, breads, rices and delicious chutneys from India and South-East Asia"

Every recipe has worked beautif
ully so far. Here we have Balti Chicken Pasanda, Spinach Dhal, Garlic & Coriander Naan. Delicious!

Friday, 15 October 2010

Let's panic!

My vegetable seeds are reluctant to germinate! I sowed them 3 weeks later than last year (and that was already late), but thought with the lovely spring weather (warm and sunny) they'd be rushing to germinate. Nope! The buggers are sitting there and not doing anything.
Usually the tomato seeds start germinating after 3-5 days. This one popped up after 14 days!
And there are rows and rows of pots that show no sign of seedlings. Every morning I hope that I will be greeted by dozens (preferably hundreds) of seedlings. No such luck! If things don't change rapidly, I'll be in a real pickle!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Signs of spring #5

Miner's lettuce is starting to flower now, too.

The full blog post can be found over at Adelaide Kitchen Gardeners.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Seedy window

Finally! Most of the vegetable and herb seeds are sown. This is the first time I'm that late. It should be just fine, as I usually don't plant out until mid-late November. This is to ensure a late frost does not kill the lovingly sown and planted seedlings. There are lots of tomatoes and a good number of capsicums, chillies, eggplants, basil, etc. While they are doing their thing (hopefully germinating well), I'll have to get on with weeding the veggie beds.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Signs of spring #4

The spring onions are developing flower buds.

Then bursting open.Developing tons of seeds that scatter and provide next season's spring onions.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Signs of spring #3

The plum trees are starting to flower now, too! Let's see what the plums taste like this year. Every year seems to be different. Last year they were rather bland, the other year they were super-sweet, and another year they were mealy and disgusting. Let's enjoy the flowers first. :)