Marigolds

Marigolds

I’m going to hope that Will doesn’t choose today to start reading my blog because I’m going to do something that happens very infrequently. I’m going to admit that he was right and I was wrong. Ever since I asked him to water the garden one afternoon and he gave it what I thought was a drowning, it has been thriving.

Since then, I give it a big big drink every three days and it has never looked better. The little herbs that I thought were about to leave me are flourishing, there are flowers everywhere and its smells amazing. I find myself admiring everything on a daily basis.

Oregano

Oregano

My aunt gave me my first lot of oregano and from it I had more oregano than I could ever have possibly used. A snap of cold/heat/lack of water/bad luck killed it all in one fell swoop but my new crop of it is thriving.

I’ve been pinching the tops off every sprig (of every plant) and it’s getting nice and bushy.

Beans

Beans

The big rain over the weekend magically made the beans appear. I had to train the stalk back down and across the fence because it started to creep over the top. I like to be a good neighbour but I’m not going to give away any of my precious bean crop.

Baby capsicum coming back to life

Baby capsicum coming back to life

A question for anyone who grows capsicum and/or chili… do the plants appear to die over the winter and then come back to life in summer? That seems to be what happened to this guy. It looked completely dead and laziness was all that stopped me from ripping it out.

Laziness won out this time because he’s back and thriving. I’m looking forward to the sweet little capsicum fruits.

Snow peas

Just like the beans, the snow peas are growing like crazy. We’ll be eating a lot of snow peas in the next few weeks. So sweet and crunchy they are, I could eat them straight from the vine.

Mint

Mint

Mint has never survived well in my garden until now. Will’s watering technique has worked wonders on it and there are baby mint plants popping up next to it too. I don’t really know how because I haven’t planted any seeds. Do they have babies?

Thyme

Thyme

My thyme is growing all the time.

Ripening cherry tomatoes

Ripening cherry tomatoes

Tomatoes are everywhere in the big tomato planter and some new plants have started coming through as well so it looks like we’ll be in good supply for a little while. I’m envisaging a cherry tomato spaghetti in the future.

The chili plant that has 9 lives

The chili plant that has 9 lives

Another back-from-the-dead plant – the chili. My mum’s aunt gave her a seedling a few years ago. I planted it and it grew for a while then totally disappeared. Months later it started sprouting and grew into a big bush. I re-planted into its own pot and it gave me an abundance of chilies. It died off again and I was sure it was gone for good but lo and behold it’s back and flowering.

The garden

I love looking at the spots of colour from the marigolds through my kitchen window.

Chives and parsley

Chives and parsley

I planted these chives and the Italian parsley when I moved in 4 years ago. I’ve never changed the soil or done anything much to look after them but they just keep on giving.

Bringing the outside in

I couldn’t resist bringing a few marigolds inside. They actually do really well in vases. Two weeks after I picked them they still look like they’re fresh from the garden.

My first harvest

My first harvest

Now for my awe-inspiring harvest. Ok maybe not that big a deal in the grand scheme of things but these few hand-picked goodies had me doing a little happy dance!

What about you? What’s happening in your garden?

 

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