Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mid-winter garden

Its quite amazing how quickly a garden grows. I didn't realise how much growth we have had over the past few weeks until I looked back at an older post and saw the pictures.
So here's what the garden is doing at the moment:

Chard and beetroot doing really well

Broad beans have finally set, I was starting to get worried as I have had so many flowers but no beans. Can't wait to try my first broad bean

Pea's are doing well, but I don't think I have enough to make a meal with them, they are more just a garden snack. I will have to remember this for next year, as well as where they are growing the best

The bush beans have also started to produce, and I think I have enough to use them in the kitchen.

Our lettuce tires are doing so well and we don't have any shortage of lettuce at the moment.

The brassicas in the bath are coming on nicely. I'm actually not even sure what I have here as I got my cabbage, broccoli and kohlrabi seedlings all mixed up. So its going to be a surprise.

I have 2 tires like this with celery, and they are doing pretty well so far

My zucchinis have a bad case of powdery mildew, I have tried a few things on them but still no luck. If I am having this much trouble in winter, I would hate to think how bad it will be in summer.

We have lots of strawberry flowers and my eldest son is anxiously waiting his first fresh strawberry, his favorite fruit. 

We finally got the pebbles for the office garden pathways and it looks so nice!

Potato's got a bit wind struck but managed to survive and are just starting to get flower buds.

The tom thumb peas are in full fruit, also not enough to cook with, but so sweet and perfect for a nibble when out in the garden

Cucumbers coming along, with one baby fruit right in the back

More unknown brassicas, then celery and carrots at the back.

Taking these pictures make me realise how much we actually have growing even though we don't seem to be harvesting much at the moment. Just a little bit longer and I'm sure we will be bringing lots of food to the table!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Kitchen and Garden Waste

In line with trying to reduce our waste products I thought I would share what happens to all our kitchen and garden scraps. We are trying not to let any biodegradable products go into the rubbish bin, so here is what happens to all that waste.

Leafy greens and certain other veggie offcuts go to our 2 bunnies, they are the most pickiest when it comes to what veggies they can eat.

Second in line is a tie between the rats and the chickens. The both get some of the greens and other veggies, stale bread and weeds, and the chickens get and bad bugs/worms picked from my veggie garden.

The worms then get all the veggie scraps that the others can't eat, such as potato and butternut peels, but do get a share of the other veggies

Most of the other garden refuse, such as grass clippings and racked up leaves go into the compost pile. I'm still new at this so hoping it works out

 And last (but maybe most important) we have our Green Genie (nicknamed Roger Green). This food eating monster is the most amazing composter. It takes everything else you can think of. All our fruit/veggies that the animals can't eat, such as onion and citrus peels as well as any cooked food. That's right! Cooked food! This amazing machine even decomposes meat and bones.
Here is an interesting video about the Green Genie. This is my first time embedding a video on my blog so I hope it works.

So our family have no excuse when it comes to throwing away kitchen waste, we have so many options. We could even take in our neighbours waste if we wanted, come to think of it, that gives me a great idea....
How do you get rid of your kitchen and garden waste? Anybody got something different to us?