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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Low maintenance sustainability

Due to the school holidays, the garden has been left pretty much to it's own devices for the past few weeks. Apart from regular harvesting and occasional watering (due to all the rain we've been having), I've hardly spent any time outside. Last weekend we spent a good couple of hours weeding, clearing, mulching and re-sowing. I discovered a self-seeded cherry tomato (from last year), a self-seeded cucumber and a couple of dwarf bean plants that appear to have regrown from last year. I also have two capsicum plants that are producing well having survived from last year (capsicums are usually treated as an annual) and a self-seeded capsicum in a pot. I have no idea how that got there!

This is what we harvested during the sort-out:

Onions, tomatoes, carrots, zucchini and the yellow thing is a cucumber that I possibly harvested too soon. (Not sure why some cucumbers are going green and others aren't.) Some of this was used to make spaghetti bolognese. Last night we had chicken wraps with cos lettuce, tomato, grated carrot and fried onions - all from the garden.

Growing your own vegetables doesn't have to be time consuming - once it's established it pretty much grows itself.

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