Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Summer

Nothing is more evocative of the taste of summer than fresh strawberries.  Yesterday, we went to visit the farm to buy eggs and en route, we saw signs for strawberries.  It seems that it is now officially the strawberry season.  As a lover of strawberries, how could I resist?  They are quite delicious.

If I had had the time, I would have written about the solstice, but my friend Tracy at Pink Purl did such a lovely post that I decided to write about something else instead.

Summer often means travel, though we had no immediate plans to go anywhere until the end of last week.  It seems that we are going on a journey and a long one at that.  At the end of this week, we will be packing up our vehicle and heading 1890 km or 1174 miles for those who don't understand metric; for a job interview.  I have decided not to reveal our destination at this time, but hope to have some good news by the time we return home.  I will be absent from here for the next two weeks.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

In The Garden

My friend Beverly over at Tea Time & Roses asked how my gardening was coming along.  Well, the tomatoes are doing really well and have grown quite considerably since I potted them up individually. 

There are now early signs of flowers, so I'm hoping that it won't be too long before the tomatoes start appearing.  I can't wait for that first taste of my very own homegrown tomato.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Free Range

Is there anything more glorious than the rich orange yolk of a free-range egg?  We recently discovered a farm where the hens are free to roam all day and they are fed an organic diet of corn, maize, flax (for Omega 3) and of course, anything that they scratch up from the farmyard.

Last week, we made another trip to get eggs.  It is quite a long way from home, but definitely worth the drive.  As for the size of some of the eggs, they have to be seen to be believed.  This was one enormous and very tasty lunch with fresh wholemeal toast.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Sugar Snaps and Strawberries

What a terrific title for a book and an even better one is Heavy Petal, the title of the author's blog.  I discovered Sugar Snaps and Strawberries by chance, when I was browsing in the library.  I love books that have lots of photographs and this one is lavishly illustrated.  Furthermore, Andrea makes gardening accessible to the novice gardener, like me.  She convinces us that even in a limited space, it is possible to create an edible garden.  Well, I'm giving it my best efforts.  After sowing carrots and beetroot this week, I've now added some chives and basil to the collection.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Garden


Hello.  First of all I wanted to say that I had not intended on being away so long.  It wasn't as if I was planning a blogging break, but more a combination of circumstances.  The last few weeks have been very stressful following events which I mentioned here.  Also, our camera broke, so I wasn't able to take any photographs.  Now that I'm here, I can't promise to be around much, as there are many changes happening at the moment, but I am not in a position to share them with you at present. 

What do you think of my gardening shoes?  Not the best photograph, but you can see them better on this website.  (Apologies for the whiter than white legs!)

I've been busy growing things around here with varying degrees of success.  The first sweet peas were sown far too early.  I had them indoors and they went tall and leggy, but wouldn't climb, then promptly died when I planted them outside.  We had a very cold, wet spring, so they were indoors much longer than anticipated.  These little beauties were sown outside straight into these planters and they are coming along nicely.  I have a second planter of a different variety, but their growth is slow at present.  I do love sweet peas!  My last attempt years ago when we had a balcony ended in failure as they shrivelled in the heat before they ever flowered.

This is a pepper plant, which I bought recently.  It is the only plant that was not grown from seed.  I hear that peppers do well in our climate, so I shall wait and see.

And lots of tomato plants.  I have far too many to give them all special treatment, but the best have been planted individually and receive lots of attention.

Mixed salad leaves have been doing well.  I should have photographed them befoe I picked the first batch for a delicious salad.  They are a 'cut and come again' variety, so I'm hoping to get at least four pickings from this lot and I've just sowed some more.  I would have put them in the garden, but we have rabbits visiting at night and even occasionally during the daytime.

This is the first time that I have grown an edible garden and I'm finding the process very satisfying.  I have beetroot and carrots sown, but nothing to show just yet.