So when someone asks "Where's Lynda" you can tell them she's having therapy. That would mean I'm out in my garden. Truly I'm feeling so good that i stopped taking anti-depressants before Christmas and managed to get through the crazy season. Way to go for sharing Lynda. Just tell the world you are a loony. Well I'm not, I'm just extremely emotional and FEEL everything, even when its a fictional character or (hello!) a TV commercial. Some people have a little sniffle, I'm totally wrecked. So, the news is that I'm doing more than OK and much of that has to do with my garden, my family, friends and the motley crew of bloggers that i check in with each day. Thank you to all!
The yellows of the sunflowers and zucchini blooms are waving their magic over me. The dark green knobbly cucumbers and the weird shaped Tromboncino are in-sighting me to laughter. Its all so beautiful and abundant. I cant see any major bad bugs anywhere. I've not sprayed a thing. Just companion planting, plenty of water, lots of poop when necessary and laying down the grass clippings when the soil is exposed. The soil has a soft moist doona on top of it. The only fly in my ointment is the occasional half eaten cherry tomato or strawberry from visiting birds which is nothing when i read in other blogs of the vast array of creatures invading gardens elsewhere.
|Oh my goodness, lets just pause and take a moment shall we.|
When you look at this basket of today's morning pickings, then you know that lunch is going to look a lot like this.
It looks like its swimming cheese but it was just a sprinkle, honest. So yum... When i was making the tomato base i looked and found that i didn't have any Italian Herbs. DOH! Hello! its growing outside duffa!
So when husband brings home even more tomatoes from work (I'm not the only one having a good crop) then i feel a pasta sauce coming on. Six hours later, the smell is right through the house.
|My latest thing is adding a few slices of salami to the sauce while its cooking. It really enhances the flavour. I dont remove skins, in they go chopped. I was missing carrots but im sure it will taste as good as it smells.|
The lettuce bed is now providing me with a daily salad. I need to stagger the crops better as I've had a month of no fresh lettuce. Shopping in your back yard is real convenient when you are making lunches at 5.30am. You can just see one of the poles that are painted and ready to go in for my espaliered fence garden.
Egg Shells - more therapy. I save all the eggs shells for the week. They are washed as used and then dried on the window sill in the kitchen. (Great decor). On a weekend morning, i take them out with a cup of coffee into the pergola and while enjoying the view i break them up by hand. Its very therapeutic. Try it. There is that initial ouch factor and then over time they break up until its quite grainy like sand. This is about half way. I add it to my soil, worm farm or on top of soil around the lettuce to stop slugs and snails.
Tom's vertical pumpkin frame is working well. I cant wait till its covered. The cucumbers are in there as well.
|Creamy cauliflower, bacon & corn chowder - with the late addition of yellow zucchini. It was yummy.|
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