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Homegrown, Veggie garden

In the Garden….. happy seedlings

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This is what has been happening in our garden this week.

  • Basil
  • Rainbow chard
  • Bush cucumber
  • Some of our plants are burnt on their tips from the hot weather
  • A plant has come up in our dirt area where we are landscaping the backyard. I am not sure what it is but I think it looks like a pumpkin. What do you think?
  • One of our trees in the backyard has little acorns growing. They look very cute.

I hope you have been enjoying your garden. Have you planted any new seedlings?

You can head on over to dusty country road and see what is happening in Jacqui’s garden. Don’t forget to share what has been happening in your garden this week. Just leave a link to your blog in the comments so we can have a look.

Enjoy your weekend.

 

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Ripe red tomatoes

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I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. The weather here was lovely, not too cold and not too hot. I headed out into the garden and turned over the soil in the veggie boxes and planted the new seedlings. Grow little guys, grow!

Our tomato plants have given us a heap of little tomatoes. All of sudden they are ripening and you see little round red surprises amongst the leaves. Within the last two weeks though I have had to keep an eye on the tomatoes, as we seem to have some little guests having a feast on them. I had to let the dogs out early one morning ( it was still dark) and they started to go nuts running around the veggie box where the tomatoes are planted and trying to jump up on the sides. I grabbed a torch and went to have a look. I shined the light to the top of the tomato plants and there they were, two little mice! They were having a lovely chew on my ripe red tomatoes. I couldn’t do much at 3.00 am so I went back inside and hopped back into bed. When I got up in the morning (a better time of 6.30 am) I headed out to try and deter those guests from coming back. I covered the tomatoes that still needed to ripen with paper bags and tied them up at the top. I had to do a similar thing like this last year and it did work but if the paper bags get soggy from watering and rain you just need to change them. So far its working and I hope they stay away until my harvesting of the tomatoes has finished. Little buggers!

With the tomatoes that we did save, we used some of them last night in our dinner. My hubby cooked chicken parma and made a lovely tomato sauce to spread over the crumbed chicken. It feels good knowing that you have grown them yourself and of course they taste so much better than the store bought ones. I just hope I will have some tomatoes left to pick and get my hubby to make some more of his nice homemade sauce.

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In the garden….. weeding and turning over soil

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  • Corn needs to come out and do some weeding
  • Clear up the weeds and turn over the soil
  • I still haven’t planted the seedlings that I bought last week.

With the weather being cooler this weekend I am going to head out into the garden and prepare the veggie boxes for the new seedlings. I was supposed to plant the seedlings last weekend but the days went by so fast. They definitely need planting so I am making sure I get out in the garden tomorrow.

You can head on over to dusty country road and see what is happening in Jacqui’s garden. Don’t forget to share what has been happening in your garden this week. Just leave a link to your blog in the comments so we can have a look.

Happy gardening!

 

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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

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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!

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Garden produce

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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!

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Magazine recipes

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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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