TV SHOWS...APARTMENT BLOCK POTATOES...EGG SHELLS & A COUNTRY STAY

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN

I really love sharing my days with you.....showing the beauty that is all around us...the craziness of life....things that make me laugh and hopefully make you laugh too.... maybe, along this meandering journey, you might pick up a few tips along the way....it might be gardening,  cooking up a storm, chook whispering, building and making "stuff"......

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POTATO TOWERS

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN GARDENING

Potatoes and not a lot of room in the new veggie garden...well actually there is, but I've crammed so much other stuff in there that the potatoes had to go into their own apartment block. So easy to build!

  • Get yourself a bag of certified seed potatoes (Dutch potatoes and Desiree for us)
  • Tomato stakes and wire
  • Straw
  • Veggie soil and compost 

Seriously that's all!

Dig a round bed, hammer in the stakes and attach the wire to the outside. Half fill with the soil mix (you will be hilling up with extra soil as they start to shoot) line with straw to stop the soil falling out of the holes, it also doubles up as good insulation.

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See the little side sprouts...make sure that they are facing up and towards the outside of their tower.

Cover with soil and  water...

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A YEAR IN MY GARDEN POTATO GROWING

Handy tip!

New plants.....first soak in a bucket of water. This really gives them a proper drink. Some people  literally wave a hose over a pot thinking, that's watered, then plant it out and it dies a month later.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN GARDEN TIPS

Now this made me smile......

Visited some friends that just love their chooks....the girls free range everywhere and pick some pretty comfy places to lay their eggs. Look at how the feathers are placed beautifully around her egg. 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN COOKING

Are you a make your own stock person? I have to confess chook or fish stock are my main go to's and if I need to use vegetable stock...shut your eyes...I buy it!  I figured it probably doesn't make that much of a difference...was I wrong! The soup that I made the other day required a vegetable stock. 20 minutes on the stove top and we have.....

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN COOKING

Liquid gold!

The depth of flavour in the soup was out of the ball park.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN COOKING

Another big flavour enhancer for soups....infused oils!

This only takes 5 minutes or so....olive oil in a pan with some herbs of your choice, fresh chilli over a gentle heat. Cool and then drizzle.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

Made some muesli....toasted muesli straight out of the oven smells divine. I'm always chomping away on all the nuts and yummy bits as the pan cools. Muesli recipe here

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN COOKING

My neighbour popped in the other day wondering why I had these egg shells drying in the sun.... I told her I was going to make some jewellery out of them....she looked horrified! I think she actually believed me for point 2 of a second.  This great idea is courtesy of Costa from Gardening Australia.....using egg shells for an added calcium boost to your garden.

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After they are dry, whizz up in a blender and you can give some beneficial calcium to your garden and the chooks too.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN BRENDAN MOAR LIFESTYLE CHANNEL

Say hello to Brendan Moar a landscape architect, TV presenter for the LifeStyle Channel, writer of books and a true talent in the gardening world.

Friends of ours have had their garden designed by Brendan and it is currently being filmed for an upcoming TV show called Dream Gardens which will air early next year..... and what a dream this garden is! 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN DREAM GARDENS

 A view that you would never get tired of! It was so interesting watching all the takes. The show is hosted by none other than Michael McCoy! Have a read of his blog here.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN DREAM GARDENS

Brendan getting into "the zone". 

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN DREAM GARDENS

A clever choice of plants for this fairly exposed site. Mass block plantings for large gardens are certainly the way to go. Brendan of course knows his stuff, and very much takes the needs of his clients into consideration. In this case, it helps that his clients are quite knowledgable about plants and you can tell they have a great rapport with Brendan.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN DREAM GARDENS

Corten steel is used in a flowing pattern mimicking the gentle slope.

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Love this idea with the paving.....allowing some gaps for strappy Lomandra and ground covers.

It was great meeting the crew and thanks to Zvoni and Phil for inviting me up for the morning.

A YEAR IN MY GARDEN BURRAWANG BAKEHOUSE

Looking for somewhere special to stay in the Southern Highlands....

I photographed this property a couple of weeks ago called The Burrawang Bakehouse... link here what a special place.  Say hi to Alison for me, who will make you feel very welcome.

Well....I hope I haven't exhausted you too much...

What did you guys get up to? How is the garden looking? Cooked anything exciting?

Next episode the veggie garden reveal and maybe a bit of romance thrown in for good measure.