You all know how much I love my veg garden right?
When walking past my herb and salad bed, I can’t help but stand back and admire the bustling veg within. Calendula and forget-me-not, oregano (which has doubled in size since the start of spring), rosemary, thyme, parsley which is going to seed (shame on you), pineapple sage, celery and those good buddies beetroot & lettuce. Ah yes, time to puff out that chest – I believe I must be gloating!
While I have prepared my summer planting plan there is much to be done. Beds to prep, fertiliser to cast about, seedlings to buy (organic only of course) and seeds to sow .. top it off with loads of TLC and the gardens at Frog Pond Farm will be underway. And it’s raining today! Perfect …
Do you grow brassicas? Honestly, you can’t beat home grown! Truly they are divine. Power packs of flavour and nutrient dense. Sadly, thanks to the marauding possums, our broccoli and cauli spent the winter season jostling within the confines of cloches. Nasty experience for them, but it meant taste sensations for us and ‘zip’ for those night-time thieves.
In no particular order a long overdue garden update …
- Winter was mild
- Spring is seriously damned windy
- No runner beans this year, the rust was horrid last season and let’s face it, I over plant
- My garden is smothered in weeds, I neglected to mention that previously
- Escapee chickens are good at digging up the spud garden – note to self, pea straw encourages chickens
- Hubby has taken up sowing flower seeds in trays! Wow I’m still shocked
- Don’t kid yourself – a solar electric fence won’t keep sheep contained indefinitely
- One of my chickens is starting a new trend – her feathers haven’t grown back after moulting
- Blossoms are out in the orchard and bud burst is well underway
- Please lock the gate after collecting wood Mr Bonner
- I’m excited! I have new fertilisers for the garden …
- I have prepared jars of preserved lemon and lime – awesome recipe thank you Greg Malouf
- For all you chicken fans, I have 3 Orpington and 3 Silver Dorkings on order
- I have decided to grow cucumbers up the bean trellis instead. What a great idea!
Handsome as always
Dinner tonight … Vietnamese beef courtesy of hubby
Who cooks in your household? I’m rather spoilt as not only does hubby cook, but he is so good at it. Bliss.
Our neighbours very happy pooch at the beach with hubby
I loathe ending on a sad note, but our lovely sheep Poppy joined her buddy in sheep heaven a couple of months ago. She had arthritis and was doing it hard on the farm. Winter for an old sheep isn’t great, especially when you live on a hillside! You are missed lovely Poppy with that quiet sweet baa and gentle nature of yours. Sweet dreams dear Pop.
Apologies for the delay with posting my friends. It’s great to be back.