Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Conversation Inducing












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.




24 comments:

  1. I'd love to hear from gardener Dave! And I adore the chatter that comes when you potter in the yard. Lovely to hear that your day was a nice one. This Mumma business is some serious hard work. May your week be remarkable x

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  2. Always always want to hear from other gardeners. Oh and did I mention I went to a chook workshop recently? I'm very excited at the prospect. You might have to add chickens to that gardening section!

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  3. yes to the gardening basics please and great timing about to move onto an acre

    and LOVE Louis Theroux. Which ones are you watching

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    1. we're watching the jail ones at the moment :)

      xo em

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  4. Yep, I'd be up for some garden basics. My last attempt was enjoyed by the scrub turkeys and the possums while we enjoyed one paltry cucumber! mel x

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  5. YES! a gardening section from the husbie would be fantastic!!! currently living in suburbia and moving to 13 acres next year to "grow my own" man I need all the help I can get!

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  6. we live in a very harsh environment and i can totally vouch that seed that is saved from your garden definitely produces stronger more robust plants as it has already adapted to the area. bring on the gardening section, fab idea!

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  7. Totally clever! Aren't conversation inducing moments wonderful?

    I'd be up for learning some gardening.

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  8. I'm going to try and seed save this season too.
    And a big yes to the gardening segment.
    x

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  9. oh thankyou, i need to learn about this. louis is my boyfriend. my favourite is the one in the brothel, but the one in the max-security prison was last night and i cried my guts out. :)sarah

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  10. Yes please to Daves gardening help. Your asparagus tips inspired me way back - we're only on cherry tomatoes but we love to try

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  11. Yes please! We are about to make a HUGE move and will be setting up some veggie gardening goodness at our new home ... we know NOTHING... please share Dave!

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  12. I would love some gardening help! I generally grow a few herbs (though we have just moved house) and have successfully grown some strawberries once (and failed a few times after that) but I'd love to get into some real food!

    Melinda x

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  13. We have just set up our first veggie patch, so I would love to hear any tips!

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  14. Like all before me; yes, yes, yes, Dave (& you!)should totally have a gardening section! I am one of those 'keen-yet-incredibly-overwhelmed' beginner gardeners* who needs some friendly advice and guidance.

    Also, I had one of those smug days yesterday...it all fell apart today...tomorrow will be better ;)

    Hope your week is swell!
    Sar xx

    *read: my current garden is a dismal few pots of herbs and an aloe vera plant. Nothing to call home about.

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  15. YES to the gardening column.
    Ronnie xo

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  16. I'd love to see a gardening section!!! I love the idea of gardening and I love getting out there as well ... but it's actually the cost of starting new gardening projects that often puts me off. I'd be really interested in a basics column and also hints and tips for making it work with a budget!

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  17. Well it's decided then! A gardening section will be born

    xo em

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  18. Yes Yes Yes to Farmer Dave!! Will be watching this space, as they say x

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  19. I'm excited for the gardening section! We move into our "forever home" in 3 weeks and I am super keen to start a veggie patch, my husbando is not at all keen (on gardening or vegetables) so I need all the help I can get!

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  20. I have cumin going to seed. The flower head was so pretty I was hoping it'd hang on for a bit but we're watching to see the most unusual seed head evolve. Of course there's the usual rocket and coriander going to seed and I am pinching, pinching, pinching at the basil to stop it bolting. The parsley seems to have stopped going to seed with a hefty pruning and cooking regime. Did your olive set a lot of fruit? Mine flowered heavily and then only three olives. Soil to rich was my mum's explanation and the hot/cold/hot/cold weather. Apparently olives like a really consistent temperature when the fruit sets. Bah. Was so hopeful this would be the tree's year. And the damn birds ate the pomegranates. It's win some lose some in my garden.

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  21. Would love to hear about some basic gardening tips! We are about to buy our first home and I am so excited to finally have my own veggie garden. Advice very welcome :)

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em