Broadbean sagra

Broadbean sagra

It is time to feature broad beans in my kitchen. With a rich harvest I am committed to cooking broad beans with every meal. And while for some this might sound like a dire situation, for me the challenge of…

Possum magic

Possum magic

It’s getting a little strange in the garden. More and more of the garden is looking white instead of green. I am having to cover all my crops with bird netting; the cherry tree, plum tree, raspberry and boysenberry plants,…

The greenhouse effect

The greenhouse effect

The greenhouse makes growing my own seedlings a huge pleasure. Once the seedlings have established and are ready to be taken out into the garden, I open up the bi fold doors of the greenhouse to harden off the seedlings…

Gardens aren't just beautiful - they let us breathe

Gardens aren’t just beautiful – they let us breathe

One of the big reasons I love gardens is because as is well known but mostly taken for granted, it is plants that produce the oxygen we breathe. Whether that plant be a rose, or an indigenous grass or a tomato,…

Sandwich for lunch

Sandwich for lunch

Bread fever has not died. I am as keen to make bread as ever before and I am getting faster too. On the weekend it was fresh bread heaven. We sat 6 at our table. The loaves of warm bread…

Possum magic

Possum magic

This summers challenge is well and truly focused on managing possum magic. One day I am admiring the beautiful new shoots and small young leaves forming on the plum tree, the climbing rose and the pomegranate, the next day…voila! possum…

Seeds sown in August are now ready to plant out into the garden.

Seeds sown in August are now ready to plant out into the garden.

Back in August I began to sow lettuce, Bok Choy, Kale, basil, tomato and eggplant seeds, as well as some flowers, Holly Hocks, Snap Dragons and Zinnias.  Most of the seeds are now established seedlings chattering in the greenhouse about…

Complete rose

Complete rose

Axillary bud forming. After three weeks growth, the stem had lengthened and a small rose flower was forming.