Spring Garden

Seems the weather hasn’t quite decided if it is Spring yet.  We have had a few splashes of sun here and there with loads of rain and horrible gale winds.  It hasn’t dampened my excitement with getting going in the garden, although some of the seed I have planted may have blown or been washed into the neighbours garden – might have to fetch my veggies there once they grow. 🙂

You may remember the gent I bought our garden bench from a while ago.  I couldn’t help myself and bought this sweet bridge from him a couple of weeks back.  It only cost R200 (± USD $14.48).

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The veggie patch is doing well and our cauliflowers are coming along really nicely.

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The spinach has also grown in leaps and bounds.  I shall have to enjoy it soon before the garden critters finish it.

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The mini cabbages are also doing well after being thinned out.

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I planted pumpkin seed which shot up out of the ground a couple of days after planting – they will be thinned out soon too.

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Pumpkins for Africa!

Also new to the garden is zucchini – I am thrilled at how healthy they are looking.

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Not wanting to worry about stakes and the like, I planted bush beans.

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Naturally no garden would be complete without dill and coriander so they were planted too.

IMG_8139I have added a few more things: butternut, sweetcorn, lettuce, rhubarb, carrots, capsicums, parsley, thyme and lavender.  I am sure I have forgotten something in this list.

Our loquats are all ripening but seems the birds are beating us to them all.IMG_7651And passers by are all picking our lemons off the tree before we can.  IMG_8064

At least our peaches are hidden away and hopefully will be worm free again this year.

IMG_7620Now I patiently await our figs.

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Angled Potted Herbs

Remember a while back we all got the awesome idea from my clever friend Des to stack pots in our gardens.  Well I just couldn’t wait for Spring so scrummaged through our spider infested shed (I was so brave all on my own – John, I know you will appreciate this fact) and found a few pots – all a bit battered but still very functional and some steel poles (hope Pete doesn’t need them for something) and set to work in my little cordoned off herb garden which I have spoken about before.  Once I saw what Des did in her garden, I was sold and changed my entire idea to follow in her foot steps.  Thanks again Des!

Potted herbs

Winter isn’t the best time for herbs but I have persevered  and at least have some spinach, lettuce (not herbs I know), oregano, rocket, thyme, parsley – moss curled and flat leaf, spring onions, dill, garlic chives and birds eye chillies.

I could supply all foodies bloggers with bay leaves from our bay tree which you can see sticking out behind the centre row of pots – it is trying to do a Jack and the Bean Stalk number and keeps getting taller and taller.  I am continually hacking away at it to keep it from taking over the herb garden.

Now I cannot wait to fill in the open spots with a few more pots and plant basil, coriander, sorrel, sage and rosemary.

Out of view in the photo are two free standing ceramic pots on either side of the herb garden.  The one pot has mint in it and the other has baby tomatoes.  There is one more ceramic bowl type pot which currently has a peppadew plant in it – I want to add some strawberries when they are in season too.

Bring on Spring! 😀

Herb Garden

It’s no secret that I REALLY dislike winter so to wish it away even faster (it hasn’t even officially started yet – we are still in Autumn) , I sat down and redesigned my herb garden for in our courtyard area, so by the time Spring shows it’s beautiful face, I will be ready to rock and roll.  We have a designated triangular area which is pretty bare at the moment except for a ever thriving bay tree which is smack bang in the middle.  In hindsight, it was probably not the best place to plant it.

The only “open” piece of the triangle is the bottom, both sides are walls so no moving the herb garden to a better position; only remedy is to keep the herbs in pots and move them around.

I have tried to work around companion planting, perennial versus annual herbs and which plants want a little less sunlight and below is a rough sketch of what I have in mind.

Herb garden design

The strawberries, mint and baby tomatoes are in their own terracotta pots which stand separate to the herb garden.

What do you think?

Secret Santa

I know that I am very late with this – the holidays with family and friend visits took precedence over blogging for a while, so my sincere apologies to Tandy whose fun initiative this was and to my Secret Santa Colleen, aka BrownieGirl.

What a bounty I received in my package that arrived just before Christmas.  I was very spoilt and received the most wonderful package filled with:-

  • 2 Ina Paarman Recipe Books – Summer Food and What’s for Supper – I will share a few recipe just as soon as I can get back to “normal”;
  • A NoMU  African Rub spice which I forgot to use the other evening when grilling chops – will have to mend the error of my ways ASAP;
  • A Le Creuset spatula which is guaranteed to be used week in and week out in the kitchen;
  • Cape Herb & Spice Cumin seed which I will add to a curry soon;
  • A beautiful heart shaped rose printed ornament which has taken up residence in my office; and
  • A Charlotte Rhys soap bar with the the softest light fragrance which I look forward to using.

Thank you again to Tandy for the fun and a great big thank you to Colleen for my super awesome pressie. 🙂 xo