Dozens, dozens of truck like this one leave Tigalingga every morning. Im happy to report all durian shipped away is fresh, fallen in the night. The excess durian that doesn't fit onto the trucks rots locally or is converted to durian paste by entire families of women sitting on the porch and opening durians and converting them into durian paste in gigantic plastic buckets.
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This is my papaya of the week. 😋 Papaya trees usually take between 9 and 12 months to produce their first fruits, but once they get going, you get to start harvesting about one papaya per week. Mine is at that point right now and sometimes I’m lucky to even get four per week!
🌄 As the sun sinks low in the sky, the fig leaves turn from green to yellow to brown and down, the bumper crop of Meyer lemons is coming on, and the pumpkins are sacrificed and snacked on ~ it finally looks a bit like fall back here. Did you know that pumpkin seeds are an ideal snack for chickens? They're full of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, and can help with natural worm prevention (though they shouldn't be used alone to treat confirmed infestations!) 🐔🍃🍋
Hey guys, I'm taking over @thelittlefoodgarden's Instagram today and it's going to be fun! Haha Come and spend the day with me! I'll be talking all things gardening and how I grow in a small urban space. I'd love for you to join me so head on over and follow along! 🌿
Cucumbers! 🥒🥒🥒🥒🥒 Cucumber is a climber & will need support. It’s a very hardy edible that can handle humidity well. Plant them 50cm apart & harvest in around 2 months. #cucumbers#growyourown#nourishment
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Nutrition Facts of Kale “The Queen of Greens”😍🍀 .
Little harvest of white oyster mushrooms 🍄this morning before the rain🌧is pouring down again.
⛄️Ik vond het zo jammer dat ik gisteren niet thuis was toen het sneeuwde. Maar mijn jongste zoon heeft deze prachtige foto voor me gemaakt. Lief hè ~~~ I was not home when it was snowing yesterday. But my youngest son has made this beautiful picture for me⛄️
@urbanveggiepatch - I couldn't take over The Little Food Garden's Instagram page without posting a harvest photo! This is my harvest for today: Tomatoes, Mini Capsicum, Jalapeños, Cucumbers, Beans, Eggplants, and Parsley 🌿 I never thought I would be able to grow this much produce in such a small space but I promise you, it is very possible! No matter how much space you have, you can grow something!
@urbanveggiepatch - Ok, let's talk trellises! They play a very central role in my garden for two main reasons. The first being they almost double my growing space and the second being they add so much in terms of dynamics and beauty! It's still somewhat early days for my climbers so my trellises aren't covered yet but hopefully you can use your imagination. This is one section of my trellising. Here I have two trellises in my raised beds and one trellis coming out of a raised bed and going into a large barrel pot to create an archway. These trellises really do enable me to grow way more than I could without them! In a backyard setting they can really turn something ordinary into something extraordinary 🌿
@urbanveggiepatch - Since we are on the subject of growing in pots, I thought I would share this with you. This is my overwintered Fairytale Eggplant. At the end of last Summer, I couldn't bare to rip this Eggplant out. So, I gave it a hard cut back and transplanted it into a pot. I put the pot in a sunny spot and left it over Winter. Before we even hit Spring it started to grow foliage and flowers and it's been producing ever since! I also did this with some of my other Eggplants with the same results. I normally would not have Eggplants until half way through Summer and because I did this, I have had them since the beginning of Spring! I was pretty blown away with how well it worked and it's so great to have early Eggplants! 🌿
@urbanveggiepatch - Since I am quite spatially challenged in our garden I do a lot of growing in pots and grow bags. This is one of the things I am trialling this Summer! We love Zucchini around here and since it takes up so much space in our raised beds I decided to try it in grow bags instead. I took this photo about a month ago and this Zucchini is now so big I can't really move the bag haha I bought this bag from @bunnings and filled it with top quality organic potting mix, a handful of aged sheep manure and a bit of compost. If you have limited space, growing in pots and bags is such a great solution for you and it is totally doable - just make sure you are using good soil and that the pot can accommodate the plant 🙌🏼
@urbanveggiepatch - When I first set up our garden on our concrete slab I don't think I had ever seen a bee in our backyard. Even after our garden had been in for months, the lack of bees astounded me. They just were not around and I very quickly learned that I would need to hand pollinate everything that needed it if I wanted things to produce. I had never really thought of incorporating flowers into my vegetable garden but after doing a bit of research, I decided to put some flowers in the mix. Flash forward a few years and there are bees everywhere!! I have so many now that when you stand in the garden you can hear them buzzing around en masse! Nasturtiums and Borage would have to be the two main attractions for the bees in my garden at the moment - I have Nasturtiums flowing over the side of almost every raised bed! These particular Nasturtiums are called Alaska Mix and not only so they attract bees but they look stunning!
We let our sweet potatoes in containers go until frost and here’s some we dug up. 🍠
My lunch!!! Home baked Stuffed summer squash - Ronde de Nice! This is the advantage of growing your own veggies, you can cook anything that you can’t find in Super Market! This is my first time grows these squash, so far so good, harvested nine squash so far (I know 🤣🤣🤣🤣 @offeringaleaf & @farmer_jean_ 😝😝😝) tastes it a bit (almost half gone!! 🤣🤣) The flesh is very tender and sweet! Yummmmmm😋😋
Meal planning - do you do it? I'm not a planner. I just go for it. A little bit of this, a little bit of that - everything is trial and error. But when you're working full time and managing a family, it's nearly impossible to wing it ALL the time. Do you meal plan? If you do, what are your secrets? Tonight I roasted veggies (butternut squash and potatoes) and also did a three part marinade for chicken. Of course, I overcooked the chicken! So the remainder of it will be for chicken salad this week. It's never as easy as insta makes it look, right? #hawriverhomestead
@urbanveggiepatch - Since its Summer here in Australia I thought I would start with Tomatoes because I dare say it's one of the things most people look forward to when they start their Spring garden! Having such a small limited space, I have a particular way I grow Tomatoes that seems to suit this environment. I stake my Toms with 2.5 metre stakes (although they always outgrow these haha) and I single stem them up the stake. I keep them very well pruned and pinch out all of the suckers. There are a few reasons I do this - to minimise disease, maintain good air circulation (due to my limited space I tend to plant closer together) and so the plant is putting the bulk of its energy into growing tomatoes and not foliage. These particular Tomatoes are an heirloom called Tommy Toe which I have found to be the most prolific and tasty cherry tomatoes I've grown! They are a staple in my garden every year 🌿🍅
First little #bluebandedbee of the season. Love these native bees as they are great pollinators but hard to film as move around heaps (busy bees) ❤️ There is another bee in the shot. They are the only 2 I saw in the garden this morning 😢 you can also hear the blue banded bee a mile off very buzzy 😍
The recent rainy weather wasn't the best for harvesting garlic, but I pulled them out anyway! I was worried that with all the rain they might rot in the ground, and after 6 months waiting I definitely don't want that! Even though I labelled all the bulbs clearly this year, I'm still pretty sure there are some I didn't find. Oh well, maybe a garlicky surprise next year 🤷♀️ Now just to dust all that mud off 🌱