🌿 We've entered that awkward tween phase in seasons here in the garden. The winter crops are giving us their final efforts, while the spring and summer crops are just young tender babes yet, still tucked in the greenhouse on heat mats and under lights. Most of the heads of broccoli, cauliflower, and romanesco have been harvested ~ their plants and greens remain, for us to continue to graze on. The peas are dwindling; some greens slowing, spiraling and bolting. The cabbage is almost ready! The fava beans just coming on, along with a new round of radishes. With all this rain we've been getting, the weeds are out in full force. More than anything else this spring, I am looking forward to the flowers, and the friends they bring 🌻🦋🌷💚🐝🌼🐞 #frontyardgarden
How’s your trellis game? I’ve been thinking a lot about trellises this week as I work on our crop layout for this season. Trellises are great for keeping plants clean, disease free, and productive, but crops grown on a trellis also impact the space around them more than low lying crops. Therefore the use of trellises demands a little extra attention during the planning phase.
A few factors to consider are the ultimate height of the plants to be trellised, the extent of the shadow they will cast, and the optimal orientation of the trellis for each crop, north/south or east/west. For example, snap peas work best on a north/south oriented trellis because this allows the two rows of peas to share the hours of direct sunlight they receive. Other heat loving trellised crops, like tomatoes or cucumbers, would be quite content oriented east/west so that the entire crop would receive a full day of sun exposure. However, a tall broad leaf crop like cucumbers on an east/west trellis would heavily shade the area behind it rendering it useless, so I need to be careful not to prevent light from reaching any valuable growing spaces. On the other hand, some shade in mid summer is a welcome break for a crop like lettuce so interplanting lettuce between trellises can be a great way to make use of the partly shaded space.
Thankfully, the trellises we use are long lasting and easily moved so we have been able to experiment with different trellis layouts over the years. If you would like to see all of the off-the-shelf parts we use for our trellises and how we assemble them, just search for “trellis” in our online Classroom and you’ll find all the details.
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Check out this giant #amaranth growing, I actually found this seedling growing out of some peat moss I got at @bunnings a few years back, when it went to seed I kept the seeds. Now I have this giant variety growing @thediggersclub you interested 🧐 #summerveggies
I’m so excited to start a long awaited passion project (we’re talking like a decade!) and share it with other lovers of nature, gardening, and most importantly, those looking to find a closer connection to nature.
My life has taken a unique turn in which I suddenly find myself able to start a new journey back to my roots and the roots of Mother Nature. I’m emotionally tapped out from years of working hard in the medical field while going to school and this change came at a time when I didn’t have anything else to give. I believe many people can relate to this feeling of low emotional energy and feeling much older than you really are. I have always found solace in the outdoors, in the warm soil in my hands, the feeling of growing something and tasting food as it was meant to be. I believe nature has the ability to heal all wounds, replenish all energy depletions.
My husband and I recently purchased acreage in central Florida after he was relocated there from Tampa for a new job. We felt this was finally our time to start what we had only dreamed of for years. We want to share our journey from day one and include everything - the successes, the failures, the frustrations, the sheer incredible joy of being one with the earth.
Hopefully our journey can inspire someone else to live a little closer to nature and heal themselves along the way. We will include gardening tips (Florida gardening is TOUGH), homesteading tips, attempts at surf-sufficiency, and my absolute favorite - growing crops, including flowers. We will attempt a little bit of animal husbandry, but to be honest (and we hope to stay that way), I’m more interested in flowers than animals.
We will have the blog up and running soon, so we hope you’ll join us! .
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Just had a little sort out of our seed racks...we currently have 72 varieties of vegetable seeds majority are heirloom varieties and all Australian grown
A group of lorikeets migrants to our neighbourhood every year (and at the same time), to have a good feast. For almost a month now they’ve been sitting on our neighbor’s fig tree. Here’s some bite marks to let us know who’s territory it belong to. We think this is a good indication that figs are ready for picking, what do you think? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #fig#figs
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We’ve had a lazy Saturday morning here and when I woke up, I thought about our farmers. You see a farmers day began way before daybreak.
It got me thinking about what we would buy if we didn't have our Australian fresh farm food. I mean we would have to import - shudder.
It's at times like these (in our horrendous drought, floods and fires) that we, as Australians, need to pull together and look out for each other. As you sit down to a meal today, spare a thought for our Aussie farmers who bust their guts to keep our food supply local.
Together with the team at @farmercookbook, we are raising awareness of an awesome project to give back.
This amazing book has been built on love and the Aussie spirit. EVERYONE has donated their time and energy to bring this book together. From food stylists, photographers, writers, celebrity chefs and home cooks. At the core of this book's content, are stories and recipes from our farmers and their journey on our land.
On Thursday Farmer Cookbook made it to TV on @dailyeditionon7 and total pre-order sales have now rose to over $45,000 YAY.
Family Garden Life is proud to be part of the solution. 💚 This book is going to be one sort after piece of Aussie history and you can preorder your copy now before it sells out. Link is in our BIO or if you are on pc cut and past this link: