Monday, December 6, 2010

Homegrown - Unexpected harvest

This week I finally began tackling our overgrown backyard. I managed to get out there one evening while Paul was looking after L. It was cool and light, a perfect time to be outdoors.

And I was rewarded for my efforts with an unexpected crop of potatoes that had been hiding beneath the ivy next to the compost bin. I think they must have come up from compost scraps left by the previous tenants.

I was very thankful for this find, as I had just used up the last of our potatoes - and these ones were undoubtedly spray-free. We had friends over for dinner a couple of nights later, so I boiled the potatoes up and made a stunning new potato salad - the recipe from Annabel Langbein's latest recipe book, The Free Range Cook. (I haven't written a review of this book yet, but my impression so far is that it's fabulous! It would make a great Christmas present for anyone with culinary interests.)

Finding the potatoes gave me such a thrill, as it had been painful bidding farewell to my three-year labour of love in spring when everything was just coming to life. I tell you what though, it felt even better adding fresh mint and spring onions to the salad that I had planted myself. With a new garden flourishing around me, I'm feeling much more settled in my new home.

Upcoming project gallery
1. Keep clearing the overgrown backyard.

2. Remember to water my gardens. We are getting next to no rain at the moment, so I have to stay on top of this.

3. Thin my carrots.

4. Tie the new growth on my tomato plants to their stakes.

What's happening in your garden at the moment? I'd love to hear.

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