Risotto di Estate

Risotto di Estate

I feel so rich when I have a bounty of greens in the garden. I feel so loving, lofty and vivacious when basil bursts forth from the edge of the garden bed. And a soundtrack, with a melodious, monumental symphony, floats…

Fresh manure is best

Fresh manure is best

Along our Daylesford route, someone is taking good care of manure. Now it is most exciting to find this fresh supply. Someone out there has horses and a good love of gardeners, because instead of filling up bags with spent, old,…

Boysenberry harvest over - pruning can start soon

Boysenberry harvest over – pruning can start soon

In December there are boysenberries – which are a blackberry hybrid We have been growing them for the past five years or so. Our crop has survived the heat of summers past. It has been easy to grow these berries,…

Boysenberry December

Boysenberry December

December Garden

December Garden

 

Raspberries and boysenberries

Raspberries and boysenberries

Now on the way to school or on the way home, Ahlia picks berries for her treat. Boysenberry flowers.. Fruit beginnings.   Harvest time.

Adventitious  roots

Adventitious roots

These tomato seedlings from October, had grown a little big as my ‘plant tomatoes before the end of October’ deadline had not been met. To ensure their survival at transplant, I: hardened them off outside for a week placed them…

Harvest beans - dig stalks in

Harvest beans – dig stalks in

After a nitrogen fixing crop has been planted, like broad beans or peas, you can harvest the pods but leave the plants and roots in the soil.  Or don’t harvest the beans if you want to maximise the nutrient content…

In Daylesford we are...

In Daylesford we are…

We are building our home and planning our permaculture garden. A trip to Italy and Germany three years ago has been the inspiration for our build. Ralf and I visited Italian and German farms dating back to the 1400’s. One…