Even though it’s a lovely day today, we can’t get up to 24b. Too much house work to get sorted and I’ve got laundry coming out of my ears. I’d much rather spend it in the sunshine having a massive bonfire, but everyday life happens. Whilst on a nice lunch time walk with Midge, we spotted these beautiful crocuses on our way to the sandwich shop for a much needed snack!
This is the quails' favourite drink bowl. They seem too prefer the luxury of glass to plastic. They like to paddle in it too.
Unfortunately we've been losing a few of the older quails, so I've done a hatch to replenish the flock. We had 17 hatch. 16 are healthy and one ended up having the old hip issue which became apparent as it grew.
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The first cold frame made 😀 made to fit over the existing box so that it can be moved on and off 🙌🏻
17/2/18 Beautiful tri-colored heart-shaped leaves of Fish Mint (Houttuynia cordata var. 'Chameleon'). Spotted this intriguing culinary/medicinal plant in the herb garden at @royalbotanicgardensvic, and thought it looked more ornamental than edible. Turns out this unusual plant is native to Asia, and so called because it tastes fishy and pungent when eaten raw. Along with the leaves, stem and roots are also consumed in salads and rice paper rolls in South-east Asia. The plant also produces small white flowers that have a scent like orange or coriander, and these are dried with leaves to make a traditional herbal tea in Japan, Korea and China. A first seeing this most peculiar plant.
Continuing to make steady progress getting ready for the 2018 growing season. Cleared out three more beds and will dig out and donate some of the artichokes as our bed is very full! Next on the prep list is a visit from the tree surgeon 🌳 #gettingthere#springiscoming#allotmentlife
Morning! Happy Sunday! What are you up to today? I will be writing a new magazine article coming out soon and relaxing 💚🌱 The Purple Sprouting Broccoli on the plot is getting nibbled at ferociously as you can see but I’m still getting my fair share too so I’m happy and it tastes so good! 😀 Definitely one to try growing if you haven’t already. Have a fabulous day 😘
I'm tucked up in the house. Opportunity to provide some more space for the (Hot) Pepper plants from @mrfothergills . These were sown January 28 and I'm very happy. All germinated and the plants are off to a good start. Need a cosy windowsill until May.
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We finally tidied up the strawberry and raspberry patch yesterday! The strawberry plants had been there for over three years and sadly had to go, the patch was covered in runners and leaves and rogue raspberry canes. Felt so satisfying once we had tidied it all up. Now all we need to do is plant some new strawberry plants in there!
What are you favourite strawberry types?
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Mixed seasons - peppers in 😍 hatch chili pepper started Dec 16. 🌶
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Rosemary cuttings update🌿 Alrighty, it has been one solid month since I transplanted the rosemary stem cuttings that I had rooted back in December. Out of 20 potted, I did lose one, which isn’t too shabby. But then two weeks ago, horror came when one of my larger pots of rosemary developed mildew, which then showed teasing signs that it was also on my transplants. Mildew can be fairly common indoors with your rosemary if you have fluctuating temperatures and not great air circulation…both things we lack here in our sealed up winter home. After I properly freaked out, I trimmed off the affected areas with a clean scissor. Then, I whipped up a spray bottle of a 1:4 part mixture of milk to water. I sprayed all the herbs and promptly placed them under fluorescent lights. The lights are the key here as the milk needs the bright light to active it’s mildew killing powers. A bright, sunny spot works just as well. After a few days, calm was restored and the rosemary is back to growing away. Whew! How’s everyone else’s doing?💚
Rainbow carrots!! 🌈🥕 did you know that colorful #carrots are from around the world? 🌎 ➡️ Purple and Yellow carrots hail from the Middle East and Turkey and Red carrots originate from China and India! 👩🌾👨🌾 #rainbowcarrots
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Basketful of Costoluto Genovese tomatoes! These tomatoes are great for homemade tomato sauce! Who is planting this gorgeous variety in their garden this year? 🍅
#repost from @myveggiepatch