Veggie garden

In The Garden…. seedlings to be planted




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  • Rainbow Chard
  • Sweet Basil
  • Bush Cucumbers
  • Lettuce that has gone to seed and flowering
  • A tomato that is ready to be picked

I have joined in a weekly post over at dusty country road. Jacqui is doing an In The Garden post each week on a Friday. You can share what is growing in your garden whether it be in garden beds, pots or your local park. Just leave a link to your blog in her post comments and share how your fabulous garden is growing.



The berry barrels

Blueberry bush, thankyou


A couple of years ago I decided that I wanted to grow some vegetables and fruit trees in our backyard. We started off with some wine barrels placed around our pergola area but it just wasn’t enough room. We ended up buying some large wooden crates that you see full of fruit and vegetables at the markets. We have 3 placed in the middle of the backyard where it gets the sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon. I found the wine barrels were not deep enough for growing vegetables, they needed more growing room.

After the crates were set up, the wine barrels were just sitting there empty. What could I put in them? My Diggers Club catalogue arrived and while I was reading it I found the answer. Berries! I have always wanted to grow some berries in our backyard. First wine barrel candidate a thornless blackberry bush. The start of my berry bush collection. What followed next was a Loganberry  and a blueberry bush. Then a few weeks later while shopping at Bunnings I purchased a Red currant bush and a Cranberry bush. The Blackberry bush gave us a handful of blackberries at the start of summer. Quite good for its first harvest. Now the Blueberry bush has started to give us some little baubles of colour. Not bad for its first year. I look forward to seeing next summers harvest. I might have enough to make some jam!

Homegrown, Veggie garden

Garden produce

tomatoes tomatocorns corn

Our veggie garden has done well during the summer growing season. We received four corn cobs this year. Last summer we didn’t  get anything from the corn. The possums ended up getting the cob as it was starting to grow so the rest of the corn plants had a hard time trying to heal itself. This year I constructed some possum protection around the veggies and success! The sweetcorn was very nice and we will grow some again next summer.

The tomatoes I grew from seeds, which I bought from Bunnings hardware and the Diggers Club. The Diggers Club has all sorts of plants, vegetable seedlings and heirloom seeds you can purchase online or from their shop. The tomato plants have grown well, with watering regularly and giving them fertiliser. I have found though the tomato plants aren’t producing a lot of fruit. Last year I just bought tomato seedlings from Bunnings and they gave us more tomatoes. It doesn’t matter though, just trying to find out what works best. That’s the joy with having a veggie garden!


Magazine recipes





While doing the supermarket shopping I ended up walking down the aisle that display the magazines. Normally I don’t take a look at them as I always say to myself that I can google recipes. The magazine always ends up not getting used and gathering dust. Then it ends up in the recyclable bin anyway. But my son was with me that day and he wanted to have a look at the Top Gear magazine. While he was seeing if it was worth buying I had a quick look over the food magazines. I saw the Taste magazine and it had a set of wooden spoons attached to it. Gave a quick flick through the pages and saw that there was a Caesar salad recipe and some nice dessert recipes. It just so happened it was my hubby’s birthday that day and I was wondering what to cook for dinner that night. Perfect, Caesar Salad and Not so fried ice-cream it is! And of course, bonus wooden spoons. I can never have enough spoons for the kitchen, can you?

So, I ended up buying the magazine and made the Caesar salad for dinner and the not so fried ice-cream for dessert. It was a hit and we even had some ice-cream balls left over. I didn’t get to take any photos as the Caesar salad was more work than I thought and when I finished assembling it I just wanted to sit down and eat it.  The magazine now sits on my bench in my recipe holder. My kids have eyed off what is on the front cover and have requested for me to make it, maybe on the weekend? I hope that this magazine gets used more otherwise it’s off to the recyclable bin!

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Busy, busy, busy

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I have been absent from blogging for a while (nearly 3 mths). I needed some time off to just to be with family and work out what I wanted to do with my blog. I felt like my blog wasn’t going anywhere so I did lots of thinking and decided that I needed to move from blogger and set up my blog with WordPress. To take my blog to where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do with my blog I needed to change.

I have a domain name and web hosting now. Finding all this new and interesting information about what you can do with a blog and how far you can take it, it’s been amazing. I have really enjoyed learning about all this and I’m still learning.

I am starting up my own business from home, making handmade greeting cards and children’s craft kids. Currently I am doing an e-course with Jess from Create & Thrive. The course runs for 30 days, Jess shows you how to set up a shop online and how to grow your business whether you are starting from the beginning or are already established. I am up to Day 4 and so far so good. I am really enjoying it. Unfortunately registering for her set up shop e-course has closed but if you are interested in doing this course you can subscribe to her email updates and Jess will notify you when the course runs again.

It’s good to be back and I look forward to sharing with you what I love to do. There will be great recipes, seeing whats in my veggie garden, showing you my handmade products from my business and my love for vintage items that I collect. Oh, I have also started to get into photography. My hubby bought me a DSLR camera for christmas. Love using it and I am learning all the time how to use the camera.


P.S My new blog header is designed by my two older children. They are both very talented. I am a very proud mum!