I actually had a blog post all done and dusted on Monday morning before Steve tumbled out of bed and we headed wearily out to the great monolith of a vegetable garden so you might be wondering why I am offering you another image post…well I took so many images that it seems a shame to cull them for words. I have also been very busy today and completely forgot about posting till late so the post can wait and you get lots of photos of what we have been up to this week. Let the images commence…
We managed to get the 3 remaining fig “cuttings” (really root layers but we won’t quibble) out into the ground and in the background you can just about see where I have put the portable compost bin. What you might not be able to see is the chooks circling around it like Indians circling a cowboy caravan. What the chooks don’t pull through the possums climb over and sift through but at the end of a month the soil should be nice and moist and ready to plant another tree, probably an olive.
The pot at the front has samosa mix and the pot at the back is a spicy homemade dipping sauce for the samosas
The process of forming the samosa’s proper shape commences…
Leftover samosas. I was brave and made my own pastry for them.
Secondary fermentation of this weeks Kombucha. You can see the bubbles collecting on the side of the containers. By the time I put it in the fridge and then drink it it’s bubbly
One of the many aquilegia’s that have sprung up all over the garden. If you look closely (click on the image) you can see a little ant. He is most probably carrying an aphid buddy to infest it 😉
Another aquilegia, one of the more common “Granny’s bonnet” variety that grows so well in hot dry conditions
Most of these potted plants will be given away as soon as we can work out which ones we want to keep and can assemble them all into one spot
This might look like a jungle but it’s another potted plant area that appears to be going over to the pink side
Eggs and sugar being whisked together…
Custard being gently heated to make white chocolate ice-cream that will join some milk chocolate mocha ice-cream we made the day before.
Some women like flowers, some like chocolates but Steve knows exactly what makes my heart sing and gifted me a large tub of Korean miso seasoning 🙂
Narf7 gets artistic in a dusty shed
It might look like a gypsy’s tent but it’s actually a partially covered glasshouse just about to get some much needed relief from the hot sun
A small Chinese woman working on the fully enclosed veggie garden (or is it… 😉 )
No, I should be so lucky! 😉
The glasshouse with it’s “double skin” of netting that makes it nice and warm and humid inside minus the blazing heat thanks to the layering effect. It should be more useful to us for propagation over summer now and is actually part of the veggie complex now
Steve figuring out how to mount an old screen door on the side of the old wood shed
A well earned beer after a hard days work
Since I swapped to making sesame milk for my tea I end up with pulp that I now ferment using non-dairy kefir. The results are very tasty and quite “cheesy” and I am going to experiment to see if I can’t make a kind of probiotic rich cheese out of them…waste not want not
Another attempt at an artistic shot looking down from the deck at one of Steve’s lovely weeping maples below
More aquilegias, lucky I love them 🙂
It might be time to weed this table of potted plants methinks, however the weeds are actually vetch, a nitrogen fixer so for the moment it can stay 🙂
One of the garden beds that we cleared out last year must have had these lovely iris’s tangled up inside it. We never noticed them before but this year they are flowering beautifully. Another reward for all of this hard work 🙂
We still haven’t found time to cut up that felled tree but it would appear nature is our ally and is attempting to cover over the evidence for us
It might be time to plant out that grape vine that appears to want to climb up the freezer…so much to do!
My daughter Madeline has discovered horticulture and found these honeydew and rockmelon seeds and some red capsicum seed growing in their compost heap and asked me if I would like some…”Yes please!” :).
We have had to resort to buying seedlings again but next year we will be well placed to produce all of the seedlings that we need from seed.
I couldn’t resist…more seedlings
Various transplants languishing in seasol and water and recovering from their various trauma’s nicely
2 very healthy yacon plants champing at the bit to be planted out into the new veggie garden
Steve’s and my garden creation kit, the hole in the hat is for airflow 😉
Some of the kilometres of rope that we have been cutting from the ex fish-farm netting that we used to make our fully enclosed veggie garden
Cherry seed and lemon seeds along with some other seeds that I can’t even remember what they are (but they are “food”) ready to be planted out
NOT an aquilegia
Using our automatic sprouter last year gave us beans that were ready to plant much quicker than planting them directly into seed raising mix. These are purple king beans after 3 days in the sprouter
These borlotti beans came from our own bean cube harvest that the possums allowed us to collect last year
We collected these yin-yang beans from our garden last year as well and as you can see, 3 days has given them a great head start
Even the scarlet runner beans are sprouting! We are on to a winner 🙂
I bought this wrought iron single bed head at the progressive garage sale much earlier in the year for $2 thinking “I could do something with that in the garden…” I am going to integrate it into the new veggie garden
The fixings for my standard warm season breakfast, a healthy probiotic rich smoothie. On any given day they contain at least sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, both kefir and Kombucha, organic vanilla, ginger, soaked buckwheat, carob or cocoa and sometimes some non-dairy protein powder to add a bit of oomph
The only way I can force myself to drink “water” on warm days. I load it up with sliced fruit (in this case a fresh lemon from a neighbour) and work my way through it in the day. It works.
Last but by no means least the dogs now have a “new” rug to lay on out on the deck. We remembered we had some old rugs in the shed and decided to give the boys something nice to lay on when they are basking in the sun.
I hope you all enjoyed a pictorial post of what we have been up to on Serendipity Farm over the last week. Hopefully normal service will resume by next week. See you all then when I will (hopefully) have created new garden beds and will have planted out all of those new babies you saw in this post (along with some “old” babies that have just been waiting for this moment 🙂 )