Which is why I grow a lot of food. I've mentioned before about my dreams for the simple life, and the more I get out in my garden, the more I yearn for my little acreage.
Over the last couple of weekends, I've been doing a lot of gardening. I've cleared out and harvested a lot of vegies, including 7 lovely butternut pumpkins, lots of very cute little capsicums, and several kilos of tomatoes, including this whopper,
which we barbecued this morning and ate with our lovely brunch.
I've also done lots of planting. I've planted a heap of onions (red and brown), as well as garlic, leeks, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, artichokes, silverbeet, carrots and cabbage.
There's something very satisfying about picking food from your own backyard and eating it. Not only is it much cheaper than buying it, but it's also much more tasty (even when I buy plants from Bunnings, which I try not to do too often) than the shop-bought stuff, and I know exactly what's gone into growing it. Absolutely no pesticides or even fertiliser (apart from animal poop in the soil - usually from our chooks). Totally organic.
A while ago, Anthony and I decided that we were going to replace as much as we can in our garden with food-bearing plants. We've got a 1/4 acre block (and a tiny 3 bedroom house), so we've got a fair bit of outdoor space. At the moment, this is what we have:
- Apples (5 varieties)
- Oranges (2 varities - one with about 12 lovely oranges almost ready to pick!)
- Pears (2 varieties)
- Kiwifruit (no fruit from them yet, but we're hoping for next year1)
- Strawberry (3 varieties)
- Red Currant
- Lemon Grass
- Saffron (lovely flowers with the very expensive golden stuff attached!)
- Silverbeet (it's annual, but keeps self-seeding in the same spot)
- Sunflower (actually, they self-seed, you've seen my enormous ones!)
- Tomatoes (they self-seed too, I haven't deliberately planted a tomato seed in at least 5 years!)
- Peas/snow peas
As I said, something very satisfying in growing food. And people don't usually mind taking the extras off my hands (although I did have trouble offloading my squash this year!).
The more I do it, the more I wish I had a job like Jackie French. You know, writing books or newspaper columns and spending the rest of my time pottering around the garden. I guess I have to hone my writing skills a bit, but it is possible! I'm making it my '45 plan'. I'll tell you about that next...
Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood.