Wednesday, July 8, 2015

How does your garden grow, July 2015

It's really the middle of winter now. If I'm honest, I'm rather disinclined to be outside, pottering around in the garden. The only times I'll willingly venture out are to hang washing or to tend to the chickens or dogs. Oh, and to harvest some garden produce, although there really isn't a great deal out there are the moment.

Here's a little tour of what's going on at the moment.

Chickens! We have them! Read more about our chicken keeping story here. They've only just gotten all of their feathers and so have finally been removed from inside and moved permanently outdoors. I'm a little relieved actually, they were starting to really have an obvious chicken odour! I'm very grateful for all the chicken poo and other compostable matter they're producing. Mr Fork would also like me to point out how luscious and green is lawn is looking too...
Parsley is growing by the armload! I don't know what to do with it all to be honest. Can I freeze it nicely somehow? I've tried making pesto (it was delicious!) Any other ideas?
The bok choi is coming along nicely too. I pick leaves off it piecemeal as I need it, and so far it's holding up nicely. I've been using it in soups and stir fries and it's yummy!
Carrots are growing. I mistakenly sowed them way too thickly and close together, and then couldn't separate, so I'm sure that beneath the surface there are lots of misshapen little growths, but I'm certain they'll still be tasty. There's a few little weeds poking through there, as well as a lot of self sown coriander seedlings.

I've planted out some lettuce and mixed greens, but have yet to see any shoots.

Still to be done:
  • Make a decision about whether to keep the eggplants in or not
  • Fertilise the citrus trees 
  • Take the finished compost from the bottom of the heap and distribute before turning the remainder over

What's growing in your garden this month?

I'm linking this post into the Garden Share Collective, hosted by Lizzie from Strayed from the Table, Kate from Rosehips & Rhubarb and Krystie from A Fresh Legacy.  

9 comments:

  1. Your garden is looking very lush and green. I don't know if it would work as well for parsley, but I froze my excess basil this year. Cut off the thicker stalks, give it a good wash and dry it as best you can (I left the basil leaves sitting on a tea towel over night), place the pasrsley on a tray and pop it into the freezer. When it's frozen put into ziplock bags, removing as much air as you can and put back into the freezer. Hope that helps.

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    1. Oh thats a good idea Jan. I'll give it a whirl with the parsley!

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  3. Hey Lisa, I get fresh garlic, butter and parsley and pop them in the food processor. Then using the baby food pods (freezer and microwave safe) I spoon them in to about 2 dozen pods and freeze them. I then pull them out to use for garlic bread, soups and to throw into a pan to kick start fried rice and stir-frys. No doubt you have heaps of them, otherwise I used Heinz baby pods in pks of 8 which have a silicone bottom to press the cube out. Enjoy x fab

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    1. Oh why have I never thought of this?! Great idea, thank you Fab x

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  4. How cold is it? Honestly I am making the most of staying indoors at the moment and only going out if I really must. The poor garden will just have to be neglected. With the parsley you can chop it up and put it in ice cube trays and drizzle olive oil over it and then set it. Add it to pastas ect. OR chop it coarsely and put it in your oven at a low temp and make dried parsley for use on everything. EASY. Have a great month and thanks for joining in the GSC.

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    1. Indoors sounds good to me too Lizzie. Love the ice cube idea and the dried parsley too - great suggestions! Have a great month and stay warm!! :)

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  5. Welcome to the GS and your garden grows beautifully. Your parsley bok choi and carrots are so lush, I hope your chickens can withstand eating the gorgeous bok choi :D

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    1. Thank you!! I hope so too (although, they are chickens with good taste so a future task may have to be chicken proofing the gardens)

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