When I got back from Europe, I could not take the pumpkin forest anymore. It had to go. I had spread some seeds among it hoping something else got to grow in my absence. Some sweet peas did but they were so feeble, that they were not worth saving. The kids had deserted the garden when the weather was so lovely. They could barely get to the trampoline, you see. So, it had to go. Yay, what a relief. There is now room to breathe and enjoy our new firepit in time for winter. There is a plan there, eheh. Ashes for the lychees. I have high hopes after we had one lychee last season. 100% better than the last 3 years.
Bed along the side fence planted with plenty of greens and flowers. Decided to let the tomatoes grow. Realized my eldest chook, Robyn, is absolutely crazy about nasturtium and decided to lay again as a thank you after a 2 year break! Also tried on a taste on the teenager and got an interesting reaction after having warned him: mmh a bit peppery...mh quite a bit actually...my MOUTH IS ON FIRE...let me spit it out please. I think my chook can safely expect to be feed the rest, bar a few leaves for pesto with macadamia nuts.
Read attentively about Michael's potting mix and have decided to make succulent garden as well as rejuvenating many of my pots. Below is some of the first half of the year harvest. 3 oranges, a handful of raspberries and a massive potato harvest...or not. Don't get me wrong. I am actually excited that something is growing. One small step at a time.
Ran out of space in the beds so I started digging the ground lol. More sweet peas because you can never have enough of these. Yum.
Slowly refereshing and replanting the wicking boxes with winter cabbage. Impressed that marigold is growing in the gravel along with some tomato plant. Not thriving but a few cherry toms showing promise.
These are the pots at the front, waiting to be relocated to a more suitable place. Some ginger, turnip top (why oh why am I growing that?), passion fruit, Surinam spinach and trying to reshoot my cranberry hibiscus that had grown some massive tubular roots (nematode?)
Below are my seedlings in newspaper trenches. I just slide them off in a trench or break the bottom in half when ready.
And I leave you with news that I cooked a rather delicious veggie burger with sweet potatoes and black beans. Recipe below.
Cook 300g of sweet potatoes (without liquid if you can) and fry some onion.
Add a can of black beans, paprika, liquid smoke (1tsp up to 1 tbsp. to taste), 2 tsp of salt, some buckwheat flour (~1/4 cup to make the mix a bit drier/easier to shape and cook.)
Shape paddies and panfry.
The trick is to have a mix that is not too wet so watch the sweet potato puree!
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