I love a project! I usually have a few going at any given time. My main current project is to see if I can plan, plant and grow a vegetable garden that produces enough to allow me to pick ingredients I can use in meals at least three times a week.
I aim to reduce the number of supermarket trips I do each week. Getting a baby and young child into, and then out of the car and around the supermarket aisles is not my idea of fun!
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I am lucky to have a “handy hubby”. Mr X has built me three raised vegetable patches and a herb patch. Punky (my nearly 4 year old) and I have just planted for Spring/Summer. This is what we have planted:
- Snow peas
- Patch 1
- Broccoli (almost finished from winter)
My hints and tips for planting a vegetable patch
1. Plan your patch
Make a list of vegetables you like to eat & the quantity you wish to plant
Sketch your layout – eg: plant in rows or blocks
Plant in an area that receives as much sun as possible
2. Know your soil and make any preparations or adjustments to the soil as required. Add organic fertiliser.
3. Plant vegetables of the same family together where possible (eg: tomato, capsicum & chilli)
4. Keep a record journal or spreadsheet of what you have planted and how well it grows so that you can adjust next season if required
5. Plant large plants at the back of the patch. Put small and/or fast growing crops under and between larger slower growing plants.
6. Plant fast spreading, or invasive plants in pots (eg:Mint)
7. Tend to your patch often and address any issues as needed.
Avoid A Glut
-Purchase small punnets of larger sized seedlings
– Plant salad crops regularly to ensure a constant supply
– If your neighbors are friendly plant different crops and swap excess produce
– Dry eggshells, crush them and scatter around plants if snails are an issue
– Put net over new plantings if birds are nibbling your seedlings
– Crush a garlic clove into a water spray bottle and spray on plants that are being enjoyed by aphids
So…. I hear you you ask… what were the three ingredients that I used from the vegetable patch this week?
This week we had:
Monday night – Salad leaves & broccoli. We enjoyed these as a side with some duck fish and baked potatoes.
Tuesday night – Rosemary, thyme and parsley & broccoli. I used these when I made my Traditional Steak, Vegetable & Guinness Pie
Thursday night – Spinach & thyme & salad leaves. I picked some spinach and made some Spinach and Ricotta Triangles and a salad. I make extra pastries to freeze for Mr X’s work lunches (stay tuned for this recipe soon)
Follow my Three Times A Week progress. I would love to hear about what you have planted for the coming summer season.
My next project is to investigate what is involved in getting some chickens so that we can have delicious fresh eggs as well as vegetables.
In the coming weeks will also be making some Onion, Chilli Jam from the beautiful red onions we picked two weeks ago from our winter crop.
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