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God is in the detail.

I’ve been keen to plant veg for ages but a holiday in New Zealand for a week delayed the onset of seeding the vegie patch.  Apparently you need to water your seeds for at least 5 days in a row to make them germinate.  The things you learn, eh?

So after returning from NZ, the seeds were planted on Sunday, 8 April 2010. Adventurebiscuit had done a great job before we left, building up the soil with compost, poo and gypsum, so it was more than ready for seeding by the time we returned.

In the photo above – from left – I’ve planted a row each of carrots, beetroot, parsnip, silver beet, spinach, and spring onions.  The peas and broad beans have half a row each beneath the trellis.

And look!

Look what has happened.  Today is Day 6 – the day of magic.

A carrot!

Baby beetroot!

Spinach!

None of these shoots were there yesterday because I’ve been keeping a very close – some would say, obsessive – eye on them.  I’d even dug around in the carrot row yesterday to see if there was anything going on.  There wasn’t, which means that carrots are very crafty.

I have leeks and cauliflowers yet to plant.  According to the packet, I have to seed them first in a box or punnet and then transplant them when they have grown a bit. Ah, little seeds.

And the herb patch has a new addition.  You’ve probably heard of catnip.  This is, er, catnap.

Putting down roots.

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First the herbs …

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme ... and heaps of other stuff too!

Well, the planting of the herb and vegie garden has begun.  I’ve started with herbs because I like herbs and I use them a lot in cooking.  It’s a bit of a cliche but fresh is best.  Having used rosemary and parsley straight from their respective bushes, I can only agree.  There is so much more flavour when a herb that has just been picked is added to a dish.

In the above photo, there are 8 or 9 parsley bushes along the left hand side set of bricks while 6 or so coriander plants populate the top right hand corner

And the vegies are are on their way … hopefully.  We won’t put them in until we get back from NZ but these are all the seed packets I bought yesterday.

Ambitious?

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Growing vegies

Vegie nirvana.

Having just moved into a house with a disused vegie plot in the backyard, I’ve become all inspired to start my growing my own vegies and herbs.

I’d like to say that the sumptuous basket of goodies above was the immediate fruit and veg of my minimal labour but that would be a big fat fib.  This glorious harvest belongs to Old Spice, who has been growing vegies for years, and who is currently undertaking the role of Mentor/Consultant/Inspiron to me and adventurebiscuit as we wrestle with things such as what to plant and when will it be ready to eat?

We are seeking guidance from some great gardening books that Ye Olde Spice sent on to us and while we haven’t yet come up with anything definitive, we’re enjoying the possibility of growing everything, including the highly-sought-after borage and every cook’s friend, the mustard seed!

Carrots and parsnips growing in the sun.

Old Spice also has some great tips for growing root vegetables such as parsnips and carrots.  Parsnips are hard to grow, apparently, so Old Spice reckons you grow them in broccoli boxes, like the ones above, which you get from the greengrocer.  Mmm, home-grown roasted parsnips.  Can’t wait!  I’m gunner scoff the lot.

Will keep you posted as things grow and develop.

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