Posts Tagged ‘veggie patch’

early morning sunshine softening the memory of the night’s chill on your cheek

crouching down in the long grass as the bees and bugs buzz busily amongst tiny flowers

fuzzy calves staring at you obstinately through the morning’s mist as you walk down to the creek

rain, lots of rain, and then more rain, and then some rain

seeds sprouting vigorously, doubling overnight it seems in the moist, wormy soil in the veggie patch

birds everywhere, singing, nibbling at the star jasmine, bathing in the rainwater filled galvanised bin bird bath, swooping as you ride your bike down to the general store,

a slick of sweet sticky gloss on your lips as you run out the door

throwing your swimmers in the boot just in case its warm enough to jump in next time you drive past the beach

sweet smells in the air night after night that make you breathe just that little bit deeper each time you go outside for a moonlit walk

fresh organic beetroot carrot apple ginger juice for breakfast, big red radishes and tender leaves ripe for the picking

country fairs with heaving stalls, freshly squeezed lemonade and handmade wares

spring … aaah, how I welcome thee!



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the first day of a new month is always a bit exciting for me, like that moment when you open up to the crisp, first page of a fresh notebook, or when you wake up really early and it’s just you and the dawn. it is the first three notes of your favourite tune that hold the feeling of the entire song within their tentative introduction, and the sweetness of that tiny, green, bent over stem of a seedling that has emerged above ground, with the seed cap still on its head. these are my favourite things about beginnings. beginnings are full of promise, change, life, hope…

on this first day of august, I planted my first seeds, row after row of tight little packages of life, being coaxed out of their slumber with a few drops of water, a touch of sunlight, and a cosy, sheltered cubby …

the veggie beds got some loving too – the chook / pussĀ  fence went up today – much to the dismay of miss puss, who turned her nose up at me from the outside

and I am so pleased with the final results, quite fancy really…

my pantry decided to celebrate the birthday of my new fancy veggie patch by offering up some sprouted garlic cloves (this is another reason why buying organic veggies is oh so good – things actually sprout and propagate themselves effortlessly along the way!)… so, into the patch went these beauties…

ah! growing veggies is food for the soul – moist grass underfoot, warm sun on your skin, fresh air and a few wandering chooks to keep you company… and of course, the enjoyment of wandering down the garden path at the end of the day, and returning to the kitchen with a basketful of fresh pickings for dinner.







and a lapful of oranges.

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getting our first whiff of spring fever here in tyalgum… so my attention has turned to my little veggie garden. I have four raised boxes that I have been piling up with food scraps, horse poo, sawdust and grass clippings over the past few months, that have been nicely maturing over the dormant winter period. I uncovered these beauties from a rambling compost-turned-pumpkin patch situation, and decided that it was time to create a form of barrier protection from the wayward chooks and a wandering miss puss, who seems to think the beds are a very glamourous kitty tray…

so I popped down to our local hardware store yesterday to assess the options, and the most aesthetic and affordable solution seemed to be cane screening that I figured could be cut in half and wrapped around the outside of the beds. They had ONE. hmmm…. I figured I’d need two minimum, and moved on my merry way. As I drove up the highway, bunnings-bound, I suddenly felt inspired to check out the tip shop first – where all manner of goodies get reclaimed and made available for upcycling. Much preferable to buying something new – so full of excitement and a sense of mystery, to the tip shop I went. And how about it – up against a corner, sparkling in the sunlight, were two bamboo cane screens – the exact ones I was eyeing off at the hardware store, for the grand sum of $6 each! And sans plastic wrappers – double yay! Whilst there, I rummaged through the cutlery drawer and scooped up half a dozen pieces of silverware (the real stuff!) and as I was checking out, mr tipman kindly let me have the lot for $12!!

So here they are, my spoils from the day, ready to be transformed into some fancy pants-chook-defying-pussycat-mystifying garden box hedges! oh, and when I came home and measured the length of the area required, and the total length of fencing – it was EXACTLY the amount I needed – to the centimetre! Now all I need is a clear day tomorrow to install these beauties….

Oh, and the marmalade turned out great by the way…

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