Vege Patch

Remember this, πŸ™‚ the vege patch three months ago in March (looking a wee bit sparse).

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Vege Patch in March (Autumn 2013)

It’s now nearly the end of May and the vegetable garden is progressing. There has been some minor editing (pulled out the chilli plant; and discovered a pumpkin vine growing near the tomatoes on it’s own volition and gave it some assistance).

The ducks have also had their fair share of the veges, but never mind that!

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Vege Patch in May (Winter 2013)

Have I told you that I am a silverbeet addict. Could eat the stuff till it comes out of my ears (not a good look combined with all that green stuff in the teeth πŸ˜‰ )

I don’t eat it on it’s own. I boil the silverbeet for quite a while to get rid of the high levels of oxalic acid which is found in the plant. Apparently high levels of oxalic acid can contribute to kidney stones and joint pain.

I then sautΓ©e the cooked silverbeet in a pan with a little bit of olive oil – add some nutmeg and smother with cheese. The dairy also reduces the level of oxalic acid, but I just love cheese.

Yummy!

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Silverbeet and Other Stuff

Here is the eggplant. Might have to stake that when it gets bigger. But what do I know – I’m just winging this stuff.

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Eggplant

I need a lot more room in my vege patch so I will start a couple of new beds soon.

I want to grow a lot more tomatoes and obviously more silverbeet πŸ˜‰

And then there is the citrus to plant and the bay leaf tree and …

28 thoughts on “Vege Patch

  1. You have an obvious flare & natural green thumb. Your vegie garden is coming up a treat! Very fulfilling both mentally & gastronomically to grow one’s own food. Have you told the goats where your garden is?

    • Thank you Jane – hahaha – the goats do know where the vege patch is (Tessa showed them when she had them on their leads) – woops! Hopefully the goat fence will hold out until harvest time.

  2. Hi Gabrielle. Your veggie patch is flourishing. The ducks obviously had to do the ‘taste test’ to make sure it is okay for your family’s consumption. Gotta love them! I love the green stuff too. I’m also a bok choy and broccoli addict. Sometimes winging it is the best way – you learn by trial and error. Happy veggie gardening.

    • hahaha the ducks are like those royal taste testers, who had to test the food to see if it’ was poisonous before the king or queen tucked in πŸ˜‰ I am a bit of a broccoli addict too – it’s in the vege patch but hasn’t grown enough yet for a photo shoot πŸ™‚ thank you Helen

  3. wow, you made a great vegetable garden! I’m working on mine now, tho starting a bit late, but last year I had eggplants, and they do get bulky, good idea to bolster them so they don’t topple the plant before they’re at a good enough size to cut. Fresh picked eggplant cooked any way, even just grilled with olive oil, ooooh, they are just over-the-top delicious. I’ll have to see if I can find some silver beet to try too, your recipe sounds amazing. I had red beets last year, but they were really tiny like little marbles, still they were tasty and the greens were great in salad. I just love veggie and herb gardens!

    • Thanks for the eggplant advice – good thing it is at the end of the bed, so I can add something to hold them up πŸ™‚ good Greek plant that eggplant (love moussaka) πŸ˜‰ Good luck with your vege patch tipota (and herbs)

    • Yes, Swiss chard is another name it goes by πŸ™‚ I think the oxalic acid is probably ok for most people but I tend to eat a whole silverbeet in one sitting (all on my own – haha) – being an addict an all – and so that would be a bit excessive – plus I find silverbeet a bit tough without the boiling (and not as tasty). I love the word potager – potting around the potager garden πŸ™‚ Herbs are great – I tend to grow mine separately, often in pots – except the basil which is in there somewhere. Good luck with your herbs Ben.

  4. NIce start Gabe, but you need a FENCE! If it wasn’t raining I might take a photo of my vege patch. Yes, that is the one thing I really missed while living aboard and am making up for it. Birds are the scourge of the gardener here. Bower birds eat the tomato and bean plants, then the cockied eat any tomatoes that form. Forget the fence, here I need a survival dome! x

    • I have got some stakes and some netting if the birds start to harrass my plants Stafford but so far nothing is coming within cooee – the previous owners used to get the hares in the vege patch but the hares seem to have disappeared (maybe drowned!) – there are plenty of birds but they don’t seem to go for anything around here (they have plenty of food in the forest across the road) – we had tomatoes growing all around here when we moved in and nothing was eating them as far as I could tell. But I have getting ready for the onslaught … I wanna see your vege patch πŸ™‚

    • hahaha I think it’s good to share with the local furbabies Charles πŸ™‚ – we need photos of these bunnies and squirrels (my blogging artist friend Aletha near Washington has been encouraging her squirrels to come to her window so she can photograph and paint them – she gives them nuts – haha)

  5. Things are looking good in the garden, Gabrielle. I picked up some tomato plants for my daughter’s greenhouse, yesterday. Looking forward to picking…when we get a summer!

  6. looking great!!!

    i Have just changed some of the veges in my garden and am looking forward to see tomatoes rising. maybe i will share some photos one day

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