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15 years 3 months ago #9038 by maggies mum
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Everything on our plate for dinner last night was home grown, how cool is that!



We've had heaps of veggies from out garden and I'm about to start vacuum packing some beetroot today.

Tomorrow I'll pick a heap of french beans and do some freezing!

Next week there will be loads of tomatoes to start making some ragu sauces for the freezer too!

Might need another freezer at this rate!!

I'll take some pics of the veggie garden later!

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15 years 3 months ago #145445 by chooky
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:p How yummy it all looks .Well done MM.:)[^]

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15 years 3 months ago #145453 by maggies mum
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Here's out veggie plot before:


Here it is now:


Peas


Broad Beans and some sad onions!


Perpetual spinach, French beans, carrots, runner beans


Runners growing over the path between two beds


Corn & potato patch (mostly dug up)


Pumpkins do really well, we grow extra, makes good pig food through the winter


More pumpkins

and last but not least our small salad garden behind the house

tomatoes gone wild!

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15 years 3 months ago #145456 by maggies mum
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We're not having much luck with onions! Where are we going wrong? We grew loads in the UK but we did start off with onion sets, which we've never seen here.

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15 years 3 months ago #145457 by chooky
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Is that the theme song to ' The Good life " I can hear ???Do you make the infamous pea pod wine[?]
That is really impressive MM.:)[^]

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15 years 3 months ago #145490 by Foxwell
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I'm incredibly impressed MM. I've never been a gardener but your efforts and results are inspiring.

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15 years 3 months ago #145498 by maggies mum
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If you like pumpkin Foxwell, then have a go at them next year, they are so easy, we had to trim ours back they were taking over the whole garden!!! :0

The raised gardens have definately helped with the weed problem. Where the corn is and the potaotes were, that section is not raised and so we've had plenty of weeds in there.

The soil/compost/manure mix is great and things are growing very well.

I shall do freeze french beans tomorrow I don't have any ice to cool them after blanching.

I've cleared some of the salad garden out back today and I'll start off some more lettuces etc. We have visitors from the UK at Easter so need to crack on with that, probably get some starter plants.
We have one tomato plant in the greenhouse anad that been producing for weeks now as has the cucumber plant in there, they are rather rampant and its getting difficult to get in the green house!! The tomatoes are beginning to ripen outside so I'll make batches of ragu as I go.
I've also got quite a few peppers(what do you call em!)Ah yep capsicum.....so will think about doing a chutney maybe.

Just got to keep on top of it, which can be difficult at times. I vacuumed packed some beetroot today so we'll see how they store in the fridge.

I've got heaps of cooking apples that I need to see if they ready for picking then I'll freeze some of them too. My rhubarb looks a bit sad, it's in the wrong place but if it picks up then I'll freeze some of that too!

I even noticed one globe artichoke today, might have that for my lunch sometime next week
We haven't bought any veg now for weeks! Cut's down on the food bill.

Hopefully next year our fruit trees will produce something and we won't need to buy fruit either.

There is something very satifying about eating your own produce. You should give it a go!

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15 years 3 months ago #145499 by Dream Weaver
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OMG MM you are amazing!!! Well done and congrats, thats one impressive looking lot of gardens. I am so not a gardner mores the pity but we do have tomatoes and herbs so its something lol.

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15 years 3 months ago #145500 by Foxwell
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Hey - tomatoes and herbs is more than I've got!

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15 years 3 months ago #145502 by LongRidge
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We've found that apples (and pears, peaches, nectarines but not apricots, tomatoes nor plums) need to be stewed before freezing.

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15 years 3 months ago #145504 by maggies mum
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Yeah always stew them for a bit first, it stops them turning brown I've found! No other fruit to preserve yet! Sigh!

Smilie one' does one's best! ;)

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15 years 3 months ago #145512 by max2
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That's inspiring MM, how do you keep the possums out? We have been looking at the electric fence stuff in the gardening mags as a possible solution when we get over the ditch.

I have given up here, not because of the weather or anything, our tank is overflowing right now, but I seem to be having trouble growing decent tomatoes and my spinach has completely gone with what I think is too much humidity. Possums got to my lettuces, which were doing fine.

Just the fruit trees left now, and the blackberry vine which isn't very nice. Thinking of ripping out that too.

Looking forward to having a Kiwi one, once the possums are dealt with[}:)];)

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15 years 3 months ago #145513 by maggies mum
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Still yet to see a possum at our place!! They only seem to get as far as the road at the end of the lane, and they have a flat look about them too!!! ;)

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