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In The Garden… Zucchinis Anyone?

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Hello! Would you like some zucchinis? I currently have three in my fridge ready to eat. Do you need more? Well, there is five more growing as we speak!

Say hi to my first zucchini harvest. What do you think? I am pretty pleased with my zucchini. After trying to grow zucchini before and to end up with just failures, I think this is a great first success!

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Everything in the veggie garden has something growing. The plants are either flowering or starting to grow their edible goodies.

My beans are getting to be a good length for harvesting.

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I have started to cover the young fruits on the apricot and peach trees with net bags. Even though the fruit is still green, the possums would come and eat it. One year the possums had destroyed nearly all of the fruit. I can tell you that I was very peeved that year!

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I have finally replanted my strawberry plants into their new home.

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And my blackberry and loganberry bushes are beginning to produce bunches of yummy goodness.

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How is your veggie garden going? Do you have anything that is starting to produce some yummy goodness?

I would love to see or hear about what you have in the garden. All you need to do is just have a chat in the comment section below or add your garden post link, and we can pop on over and have a look.

You can also join in with me via Instagram. You can just share your garden photos and tag using #_inthegarden_

Happy gardening and enjoy your weekend x

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My First Harvest

My garden is going well. It won’t be too long now until there will be an abundance of edible goodies to harvest.

These gorgeous beetroots are my first successful harvest (some are still growing). I’m very happy with these three guys. My last attempt at growing beetroot didn’t even get to this size. I think the dirt was too compact for them to grow. They didn’t even reach golf ball size!

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The beans have such cute little flowers, don’t you think?

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The wild strawberries are just popping up everywhere.

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Have you ever tasted a wild strawberry? They are little bursts of sweetness. Here is one that is just starting to turn red.

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And with the lovely sun that has shone over on my backyard, the zucchini’s have just jumped ahead in growth. Look at this one, I reckon I need to get my zucchini recipes ready!

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What do you have growing in your garden? 

You are more than welcome to share your garden or someone else’s. It could be the garden down the road or the park that you have in your town. You don’t have to have a veggie garden. It could be plants that are flowering or trees that are growing. It could be planted in the ground, containers or bins.

I would love to see what you have in any garden. All you need to do to join is add your link at the end of this post, and we can pop on over and have a look.

You can now join in with me via Instagram. You can just share your garden photos and tag using #_inthegarden_

Happy gardening and enjoy your weekend x

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In The Garden… There’s a lot happening!

My garden has burst into action over the past two weeks. Plants are flowering, and there is an abundance of new growth.

The zucchini has started to grow. I am very excited as I haven’t had much luck with growing zucchini. This plant is growing in my new veggie garden.

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The beetroot is flourishing.

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The strawberries are flowering. I bought them a couple of weeks ago, and they are still in their little pots. I think I better replant them soon. Some of the plants even have strawberries starting to form.

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The pea pods are expanding with juicy peas growing inside.

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The loganberry plant that I planted last year has started to flower. I can’t wait to see how they grow.

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The apricot tree has fruit already forming. I think it’s starting quite early this year.

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The peach tree is not too far behind with fruit either. Not as big as the apricots though.

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I have decided to do the In The Garden post every second Friday of the month. I was finding that every week I didn’t have a lot of new things to share. And maybe it gives you a chance to join in too.

You are more than welcome to share your garden or someone else’s. It could be the garden down the road or the park that you have in your town. You don’t have to have a veggie garden. It could be plants that are flowering or trees that are growing. It could be planted in the ground, containers or bins.

I would love to see what you have in any garden. All you need to do to join is add your link at the end of this post, and we can pop on over and have a look.

You can now join in with me via Instagram. You can just share your garden photos and tag using #_inthegarden_

Happy gardening and enjoy your weekend x

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In The Garden… A New Veggie Patch

I have a new veggie patch! I wanted to find another area in our backyard to grow some more veggies. When we first moved into our house, we had set up a little garden down a side area. It did work for a while, but the plants weren’t getting enough sun. They needed to be high up to reach the suns rays. We let it go and stopped planting anything around the side and ended up getting three wooden crates. They are placed in the middle of the backyard and do well. But I needed more space. So I asked hubby could we try and get a garden bed for around the side. We found one at Bunnings that was a good shape and was tall enough for the sun to shine those important rays for the veggies to grow.

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I bought the net covering separately. It keeps out nasty bugs and also provides protection from the heat of the sun. It still allows the plants to get sunshine but lessens the harshness.

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This good little bug was hanging around the outside of the net.

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The fruit trees are covered in blossoms.

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The wild strawberries have started flowering.

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I also added a nice three-piece outdoor setting around the side so I can hide from the kids. No, only joking! I wanted to pretty up the area and make it more usable. It is a lovely shaded spot in the afternoon, and it would be a perfect place to sit in the summer.

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Every second Friday I would like to share with you an In The Garden post. You can join in too, and you are more than welcome to share your garden or someone else’s. It could be the garden down the road or the park that you have in your town. You don’t have to have a veggie garden. It could be plants that are flowering or trees that are growing. It could be planted in the ground, containers or bins.

I would love to see what you have in any garden. All you need to do to join is add your link at the end of this post, and we can pop on over and have a look.

You can now join in with me via Instagram. You can just share your garden photos and tag using #_inthegarden_

Happy gardening and enjoy your weekend x

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How to dry parsley

I finally got around to harvesting my parsley plantation on Sunday.

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Hubby watered the parsley in the morning. The sun came out which was perfect for drying the leaves. Then by mid afternoon I pulled all the parsley out with the help from miss 6 and master 9.

Last year when I dried my parsley I used my dehydrator. I didn’t have as much parsley as this time, but it took awhile for the parsley to dry. The dehydrator method took 9 hrs and then it still wasn’t done so I had to leave it overnight then put the dehydrator back on in the morning.
This time I decided to use the traditional drying method by hanging it upside down in a dry place.

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Things you need:

Garden or Kitchen scissors
A large container or something that is suitable for collecting the parsley
Garden or Kitchen twine
A dry space that is either inside or outside
Brown Paper Bags

1. Gather your parsley harvest and make sure it is dry.
2. Put them into loose bundles and secure the stems with the twine to assure that the bundles stay together.
3. Using brown paper bags, cover each bundle with the bags. Make sure that you cut some slits into the sides to allow for enough air to flow around the parsley. The paper bags keep the parsley clean and to prevent the parsley getting mouldy. Check occasionally to make sure there is no mould and, if need be either cut more holes in the bags or remove them.
4. Hang upside down in a warm, dry place. The parsley should be dry and brittle in approximately 2 weeks.
5. Collect all of the dried bundles and place on a sheet of baking paper.
6. Remove all of the discoloured/unhealthy leaves.
7. Crumble the dried leaves on the baking paper.
8. Store in an airtight container or glass jar in the cupboard.

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Do you dry your own herbs? What method do you use?

Happy gardening!

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In The Garden… Spring Is Here

It’s been a bit quiet here on my In The Garden posts. I am busy trying to make some more veggie growing space in our backyard. The area needs that right amount of sun and shade. Then it has to be protected from the wildlife so the seedlings can grow without being eaten or destroyed. I have found a spot and it is currently getting ready for some new veggies. I would love to share the space with you next week. So for now I will show you some photos of the blossoms that are blooming in our backyard, spring is here!

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Have you joined in with In The Garden? You can share anything about your garden or someone else’s. It could be the kids playing outside, a visit to a garden nursery or any new plants you have planted. You don’t have to have a veggie garden to share.

You can now join in with me via Instagram. You can just share your garden photos and tag using #_inthegarden_

I would love to see what you have in any garden. Just add your link below.

Happy gardening and enjoy your weekend.

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In The Garden… Enjoying the Sun

The past few days we have been lucky to have enjoyed some wonderful sunshine in Melbourne. All the plants and veggie seedlings have been absorbing the warmth. When the sun comes out, I always feel the need to venture outside. It is very enticing for me.inthegardenThe veggie seedlings have grown a little bit. I need to give the snow pea and pea seedlings some wire to climb on. They are trying to reach for something to grab. The green stake I am using is too big for them to cling on to. Poor things.inthegarden1inthegarden2The parsley just keeps on growing. I need to cut some back and start drying it.inthegarden3What is growing in your garden? Have you planted any new plants?
inthegarden4Have you joined in with In The Garden? You can share anything about your garden or someone else’s. It could be the kids playing outside, a visit to a garden nursery or any new plants you have planted. You don’t have to have a veggie garden to share.

You can now join in with me via Instagram. You can just share your garden photos and tag using #_inthegarden_

I would love to see what you have in any garden. Just add your link below. 

Happy gardening and enjoy your weekend.

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