Chive talking’…sing it with me now 🎶 Look no further for another fabulous companion plant than chives. This easy-peasy, pollinator-loving perennial, cousin to the onion, is a garden pal to carrots, beets, cucumbers, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, squash and potatoes. Its aroma deters pests like aphids, cabbage worms, Japanese beetles, slugs and cucumber beetles. Grown near roses, chives have been known to keep black spot at bay, while enhancing the rose’s growth. And it even helps control apple scab around fruit trees. Plus, chives are SO pretty when in bloom! Their blossoms are probably my favorite edible flower to eat. Sprinkle them on salads for a mild, crisp, oniony-bite, or whip up a batch of my favorite chive blossom vinegar😋 And the bees…oh, the bees!…well, they will thank you by happily pollinating any plant nearby🐝 Only thing to keep in mind is to make sure to plant chives away from asparagus, beans, peas and spinach. What’s your favorite way to use chives?💚
The sunshine is.definately making me feel like getting on with things in garden and up the allotment. Potted up some bulbs. Present from my Mum. Bit late but should be ok. Planted Mums and Stanley's Xmas trees up the allotment. Both have roots so it's worth trying to get another year out of them. Mum has already had two years out of hers. Lots of changes planned for my garden. Only little ones as its only a little garden. #gardening#allotment#potting up #bulbs#xmastrees#garden#changes#countrycottagegarden
Ik hoor mezelf wel eens zeggen dat ik alleen zaai wat ik lekker vind. Klopt niet..🙈 Borlotti ook wel kievitsboon van eigen oogst! vind ik vooral erg mooi. En..het is gezond in de chili veganisto...waar gelukkig de rest van Sjef’s familie dol op is! 👩🏼🌾
Fresh corn for dinner ... with lots of butter and sprinkle of salt and chilli flakes 😋 🌽 The taste of summer.
As they say, have the pot of water boiling on the stove before you go and harvest so you can pop them straight in! The sugars start turning to starch from the minute the cobs are harvested. Fresh is best!
It’s so hot and humid here in Brisbane lately, it’s really not a joy to be out in the garden so mine is a little neglected. Plus I saw a brown snake there the last time i was in the veggie patch 😩 and ran the other way!! .
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Isn’t it time for us all to grow up…on trellises and arbors, that is😀🌱 Add instant architecture and visual bliss with vertical growing. Not only will you be able to best utilize a lot of your precious growing space, but you’ll instantly transform your gardens into a place of magic and wonder. Of course in the spring, when all those trellises are just a bunch of branches and poles sticking out of the ground, it can look like, well…let’s just say my neighbor referred to it as a “mousetrap”😂 But month by month, slowly, but surely, the trellises become swallowed up in a cloak of gorgeous greens, blooms and veggies, transforming your space into the most charming secret garden…complete with loads of great hiding spaces (whether you’re hiding from your kids😉 or just trying to do some quality bird-watching🐦). What’s your favorite plant to grow vertically?💚
Nary a straight row in sight…I’m knee-deep in seed catalogs, garden journals, papers and pens trying to plot together some garden plans for this season. I do this little ritual every winter. For months straight, I scribble, research and plan. Then, on the very first nice day of the season, I throw it all out the window and I just go with where the plants tell me they want to be😀 And often, those plants want to be mix-and-matched throughout my gardens. Dill lives with cosmos and cucumbers. Cabbages nestle amongst violas and rosemary. Tomatoes intermingle with basil and nasturtiums. If you want to pick some carrots, peas or radishes, you have to meander throughout the entire garden, checking behind the borage, peeking under the squash leaves, pushing back the alyssum. Basically, harvests at my place are a lot like Easter egg hunts🤔 But for me, it’s this collective interplanting of veggies, herbs and flowers that adds to the magic of the garden. Rather than me dictating where a lot of the plants go, I let all my volunteer seedlings (of all sorts of goodies like calendula, chamomile, borage) do their thing and I plant around them. I totally get that this would drive some folks absolutely batty, but for me, it’s been a really rewarding and harmonious way to interact with my garden. How does your garden grow…in a row? Raised beds? Completely amok? 💚
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Cucumbers…just one more crop I grow way too much of summer after summer because I just can’t say no to all the different varieties. You know that point in the season when you go to open the refrigerator produce drawer, but you can’t because it’s jammed full of 1,000 cucumbers? And then you look at the fridge doors that are bursting full of refrigerator pickles. Not to mention the dozens of Mason jar fulls that are in the cupboard. Thankfully, this reality blissfully floats out of your head come the first warm days of summer as you run amok in the garden scattering cucumber seeds everywhere. For all you folks who like finding yourself in a pickle, may I recommend Northern Pickling, Little Leaf and Persian Baby. For a good salad slicer, Marketmore and Diva are divine. And for a little cucumber fun, trying going round and yellow with Lemon. Trying out a new variety called Homemade Pickles this summer. Nom! Nom! Nom!!💚