The sun is shining and I’m not feeling very cerebral so I’m going to show you some pictures of vegies. I know this will be an instant turn-off to some of you but I’m really excited about my odd kitchen garden even if you aren’t. 😀
First off, let me show you my backyard. And yes, it is huge. I live on 1.6 acres and that amazing view is one reason I love living in this fire-prone fringe suburb. Unfortunately, because this area is fire-prone, one of my top priorities is keeping all that grass nice and short [so that there won’t be much to burn should a fire come through]. To do that I’ve opted for some big, four-legged lawn mowers called alpacas.
Now I know I’ve talked about the alpacas before but I may not have mentioned that alpacas adore lush, green, tasty things… like vegies and roses. In fact they like my precious plants far more than they like all that nice grass so I’ve had to fence off the areas where I’ve planted garden beds. I can get into these fenced off areas but I have to open a small section of fencing to do so and that can be a pain if I have to nip out at night to pick a handful of parsley for dinner.
Being an inventive little person I finally realised that my deck would be the perfect place on which to grow some herbs in pots. That was last year.
As you can see from these photos I’ve been much more ambitious this year. 🙂
Lettuce, glorious lettuce! There’s all sorts of gourmet lettuce in there as well as some ordinary iceberg lettuces right in the middle. They are all still just babies but the beauty of growing lettuce in a big bowl like this is that you can just snip off a few leaves from each individual plant and still have enough for a fresh salad! And of course the plants just keep on growing.
The next photo shows some more iceberg lettuce in a small pot next to spring onions and radishes in the green pot. Radishes are so quick and easy to grow you could probably get a crop by growing them on a windowsill! They are ready to harvest once you can see those lovely red globes start to break the surface. I love small, tender radishes so once these little plants are eaten I’ll plant some fresh seeds.
And finally some of that parsley I was talking about. From left to right we have celery, parsley [and a few extra radishes], green peas and leek.
Once the frosts go away and spring finally decides to stay for more than just a day, I’ll be planting cherry tomatoes, basil and some hot chillies on the deck as well.
I doubt that I’ll harvest enough produce to save me from having to buy any vegies at all but with the artichokes, parsnip, garlic, dill and rosemary I have planted in one of the fenced off areas I’ll have something fresh for most of the year. -dance-
Happy blogging to you all,
September 18th, 2012 at 11:36 am
I just came on this segment and I so love it! Who would be turned off by such lovely vegetables!!!!! I see above that Carrie Rubin wants to be like you when she grows up. I am taking it a step further. I decided you have to adopt me as you long lost child — I need these vegetables and wonderful green grass and alpacas!!!!. I’ll just need to verify how to transport the cats to Australia, but once this is settled, kindly start the adoption process.
September 18th, 2012 at 1:42 pm
lmao!!!!! There’s actually two adoption processes. One is for humans and the other is for Fourlegs. The Fourlegs who own me will be in contact shortly 😀
September 14th, 2012 at 11:18 am
Okay, I’m new to your blog so apologies if you’ve already posted about this, but do you have photos of your alpacas?? Because alpacas are among the cutest creatures on earth.
Also, your garden and backyard are divine. I would LOVE to have a kitchen garden. But since I don’t have one, I’ll enjoy the photos of yours instead.
September 14th, 2012 at 8:11 pm
Your wish is my command. 🙂
That’s an old post about some of the weird and wonderful animal life around here, including the alpacas.
September 13th, 2012 at 5:48 am
Love your garden …we had a veranda and garden too in our previous house..my mum used to keep it nice and beautiful 🙂
September 13th, 2012 at 9:44 am
I love the indoors-outdoors feel of verandah’s and decks. 🙂
September 13th, 2012 at 3:03 am
You are what I want to be when I grow up. Even if you’re younger than me; even if you’re really a man pretending to be a woman; even if you’re actually a droid. You are still what I want to be when I grow up.
September 13th, 2012 at 9:54 am
You honour me Grasshopper. :p
And just for the record I really am female, alive and old! Not necessarily in that order.
September 13th, 2012 at 10:32 am
But the fact that you can’t be pinned down to a demographic? Priceless. 🙂
September 13th, 2012 at 11:55 pm
Stop flattering me! I love it 😀 Seriously, I’m just being me and having fun.
September 14th, 2012 at 12:09 am
Fun is good. 🙂
September 14th, 2012 at 8:14 pm
September 13th, 2012 at 12:55 am
What a lovely garden! (Turning green with envy.)
September 13th, 2012 at 9:58 am
lol – green is good. 😉
September 12th, 2012 at 8:16 pm
How funny… we’re on opposite sides of the world but that first picture looks exactly like our landscape here 😀
September 12th, 2012 at 10:09 pm
Really? Ours doesn’t stay that green unfortunately. It goes a dry, golden brown in summer
September 12th, 2012 at 3:42 pm
My incipient paranoia took hold the minute I read ‘ I know this will be an instant turn-off to some of you ‘ but I ploughed on regardless only to have mu eyes assaulted by a variety of swear words and terrible photographs to back them up….I have to confess though that I found no fault with the first picture and the view.
I regret having to warn you again about publishing such material before the watershed. Let me remind you that it’s not permitted between the hours of 12.00 am and 11.59 pm or we may have to take further action and apply sanctions against you.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
September 12th, 2012 at 10:11 pm
-snortle- You don’t scare me! CARROTS! PARSNIP and… BEANS!
September 12th, 2012 at 2:42 pm
Loving your verandah garden! I am like you, have plenty of space but always seem to end up with things in pots close to the door, although that is because I am lazy, not because of ravenous alpacas!
Glazed and terracotta pots always look good spilling over with edible plants, and you can move them around if you get bored with them. 🙂
September 12th, 2012 at 10:13 pm
I’ve always had a problem remembering to water potted plants during summer but my kitchen window looks right onto the deck so they should be safe. Unless it’s a really hot day and I get distracted in which case I may have a whole lot of dried herbs instead 😀