The garden provides lunch

Tis the season to begin harvesting so my garden tells me. It’s exciting to find your first tomatoes a few days into the new year that are already carrying a blush and to see a fat turnip top poking up is too good for words (I love turnips). The last of the chard is available for picking and the garlic chives are fat and green. With the chooks back on the lay I think quiche or frittataΒ is in order. I just discovered a stockpile of goodness knows how many eggs hiding underneath a big fat duck bum though so I guess Martin will be risking life and limb to dig them out (Yang hates me and the feeling if fairly mutual) but I did rescue 3 eggs from a different nest which added to yesterdays 3 safe eggs means enough for lunch. πŸ˜€

The first 3 outdoor grown tomatoes of the season, 3 eggs, 2 turnips, some garlic chives and rainbow chard. Lunch!

The first 3 outdoor grown tomatoes of the season, 3 eggs, 2 turnips, some garlic chives and rainbow chard. Lunch!

And here’s a few other photos from around Christmas time of the gardens and produce.

Not bad for their second season in the ground. They tasted amazing.

Not bad for their second season in the ground. They tasted amazing.

The white powder is just diatomaceous earth, used to kill the cherry slugs as I raced them to eat the cherries.

The white powder is just diatomaceous earth, used to kill the cherry slugs as I raced them to eat the cherries. It’s natural and safe.

blackberries from my garden. Yum!

Blackberries from my garden. Yum!

The potato patch and the scarlett runner and sunset beans climbing the wire for all they're worth. Several long beans already on them too.

The potato patch and the scarlet runner and sunset beans climbing the wire for all they’re worth. Several long beans already on them too.

And the rest of the garden with oca, pumpkin, celery gone to seed, corn, flowering leeks and onions, more potatoes, yacon and I'm sure I've missed some things.

And the rest of the garden with oca, pumpkin, celery gone to seed, corn, flowering leeks and onions, more potatoes, yacon and I’m sure I’ve missed some things.

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8 thoughts on “The garden provides lunch

  1. Sue says:

    Oh how I miss my vegie garden 😦
    Just been out pulling weeds from a patch behind the pool fence that im hoping I can use to grow some edibles of some description.There are some sweet potatoes and watermelon growing further along but until I can access to them ( down a steep embankment ) they will just have to fend for themselves for now.
    Really missing not having my girls – and loath having to buy eggs!

    • I despise buying eggs when our girls aren’t laying too. Thankfully there is a local seller whose eggs we buy which means we know where they come from. When we bought this place the very first thing we did (about an hour after the auction actually) was plant a tree. The veggie gardens went in long before the house was livable. πŸ™‚ Gardens really are such a priority hey. For sanity as well as sustenance.

  2. Lynda D says:

    How lovely, and the garden is going to get a really good drench this weekend. The blackberries looks so luscious and ripe.

  3. CJ says:

    Those first harvests are wonderful aren’t they. They do look absolutely delicious.

  4. Linne says:

    I think I want an invitation to lunch . . . it all looks so scrumptious! Lovely eggs, too . . . One thing about being on the south side is all those fresh from the garden feasts to mark the new year. I’m with you on gardens first, liveable houses later . . . πŸ™‚ ~ Linne

    • Your invite is a standing one! You would NEVER need to ask. πŸ™‚
      Food first. That’s my theory. You can live without a house but you can’t live without food. Although some sort of shelter is necessary of course. πŸ˜‰

      We’re all brought up with Bing Crosby singing about that White Christmas and of course, the turkey with trappings is still common (although often served cold with salads) but I would find Christmas and the new year wrong if it was not for fresh berries, apricots, nectarines and peaches coming in, tomatoes of course and the promise of sweet corn to come. πŸ˜‰

  5. narf77 says:

    Awesome veggie share Ms R.L.Hippy. Got to say your garden is much more productive (and tidy) than mine is at the moment. Mine looks like kermit exploded inside Sanctuary BUT it is green, it is growing and that’s a great start. The possums have been trying to invade Poland without any luck so they have been bouncing (vindictively) the top off my very tall (10ft) Jerusalem artichokes prior to them flowering. Narf was up early with great big poles to give them something to think about tonight. They had also scoffed some of my scarlet runners that were (stupidly) escaping through the top but that’s “pruning” in my books and fair go to them if they can find something growing outside as they are NOT welcome to anything inside! 3 Moringas now and about 10 indigo plants. All SQUEELICIOUS and the sunshine is making Steve and I feel a bit better. Drinking lots of herb tea today to try to chase the cold away. Glad Chez Hippy is bursting at the seams and look at all that veg! You are well on your way to being self sufficient and feeding your family well from your 1/2 acre block. Pass me a tissue…

  6. Jo says:

    Ooh, well done Jessie! No ripe tomatoes here for a few more weeks. Your gardens are lovely and prolific. You must be so chuffed!

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