Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Our approach to gardening is a simple one. Natural is best, every time.
We generally allow things to turn to seed before pulling them out of the patch to feed to the chooks or to compost. Often, these things self sew and we find new plants haphazardly sprouting all the time. It makes for messy garden, but that's how we like it. Minimal neat lines and organised categories, just edibles, everywhere.
Lately, we've started collecting seed for the coming seasons. It's cheaper and apparently, plants become accustomed to the area in which they grow, they evolve into what the climate and environment need. This means seed collected from your own garden is far superior, for your own garden, than any seed that can be purchased at bunnings or Green Harvest (although Green Harvest is our first choice when purchasing seed).
The other afternoon Dave and I found ourselves sitting in the shade of the Magnolia while the kids threw sand at each other in the sand pit. There is something beautifully conversation inducing about having busy hands and a still mind. Together we sat with glass jars at our knees and a massive pile of Kale and Rocket seeds in a cane basket between us. We gently let the seeds fall from their pods into the jars, feeling smug about our fancy pants accomplishment.
Of course a much faster way would be to string the pods into a muslin/breathable bag and let the seeds fall out themselves before storing them in a cool dry place.
If you're interested in saving seed from your garden, here is a great resource for you.
In other semi related news, I'm trying to convince Dave that he should start a little 'gardening' section on The Beetle Shack. I think it would be interesting to have a 'basics' section for those of us who are keen to grow food but overwhelmed by the thought. Would you be interested?
Also, today was a MUCH better day. Of course there was still spilt juice on the floor, but it bothered me much less than it could have. Tomorrow i'll gloat about it in my usual fashion ;)
okay, i'm off to watch some Louis Theroux on the interwebs.