Thursday, December 26, 2013

Today I Will Plant...

I am supposed to be outside getting the gardens ready to plant the seedlings I bought last week.  I'm not though.  I have been and will be but right now?  No.  Not there.  I am in here eating pavlova for breakfast.  I will make a veg smoothie soon so that I feel better about it. 

I keep thinking that the gardens are next to useless at the moment but I don't get out there and get them fixed.  Bad gardener!   But!  Today is the day.  Today I will get them sorted and the seedlings planted.    I need to if I plan on having my smoothies each day and if I don't want to take pills then I will need the potions. 

Looking around out there we can still get a decent feed from my unloved gardens.  We could have potato, sweet potato, onion, tomatoes, capsicum, chillies, cabbage.  Mix it all with eggs and we'd be feeding ourselves, no problems.  The problem starts when husband wants a salad or I decide that I want healthy smoothies and there isn't any spinach growing.  Nor silverbeet.  No kale either.  No zucchini, no cucumber, no salad stuff at all.  And it's Summer!  Where is all my salad food?   Luckily a friend gave us a box of veg as he was going to be away for a few days, husband brought some leftover veg home from his work and darling daughter left half a watermelon here.   We have a few apples that are ripe, a few ripe oranges still on the tree plus heaps in the freezer...the boysenberries are being picked every day as are the strawberries.  And some of the grapes are ready to pick too.  We have plenty of food and there is no need to go to the shops at all but there is a great need for me to get out and plant if we want to be eating from here next year.  So, in saying that...

What do you have growing?   Is there anything that you grow enough of and have no need to buy?   Tell me about your garden please.


  1. Barb,
    I am glad you finally showed up as I was thinking the worst. Since it is the middle of winter, nothing much is growing anywhere. I had planned to plant salad indoors in a box, but did not do that. It's not to late, I know. I do have plenty of eggs; But, the hens have not laid in a few days.

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Wow, your garden sounds enormously productive, well done! I know what you mean about lettuce though - I always have too much or none. I have yet to master the secret of successive plantings.. I have some greens, lemons, garlic, kale, herbs, broad beans, rhubarb, and waiting on the rest of the fruit. Haven't even planted tomatoes and zucchini yet. Will get onto that today. I am of the 'better late than never' school of gardening.

  3. I have been a bad gardener over the Christmas period. And to top it off it has been rather HOT!. I have lost most of my tomato plants, but the rest of the garden survived. Another hot week coming up. I said I wasn't going to grow through the heat of Summer anymore, and I am not sure how much longer I can keep it going without costing too much on the water bill. I don't like to pull out plants that are still producing :/ I still have pumpkins of various types, zucchinis, spring onions, carrots, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, kale, capsicum, watermelon, cucumber, dwarf beans, beetroot, rockmelon, rhubarb and celery.

  4. Linda, Yeah, it's probably a bit cold for you to have a lot growing...but soon...

    Jo, It does read a lot better than it looks when I am outside. We will never starve but variety is not something we get a lot of. This time of year we usually have heaps more but if it don't get planted it dont grow...

    Tania, Your garden sounds good dispite the heat. I have planted seedlings but think the heat will get them espesially as we are going away for a few days and they will have to fend for themselves...


    1. Barb,
      I was watching something that said in a pinch four plants would keep a person healthy along with stored items--oranges, carrots, tomatoes, and scallions. There is a lot to be said for variety as far as taste and nutrients. But, a balanced diet is more than just variety. I suppose the stored items would be beans, rice, flour, sugar, and spices or something like that.

      Actually, it does sound like you have a good variety.