Belladonna Bess

An edible garden in Wellington, NZ

I wish I could upload the smell too… June 26, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Photos — belladonnabess @ 9:41 pm

The weather has been too horrible for gardening. Even for the brief periods it isn’t raining, everything is just soaked. Either this year is a lot wetter than last, or I’ve gone completely soft.

Baking: bread again, this batch with cornmeal and mixed seeds (poppy, sesame, sunflower and pumpkin). Here’s one tin loaf and one free loaf, lovingly captured with my new macro lens. Click on the thumbnails to see larger versions. I just wish I should share the smell of fresh bread too.


A few moments in the garden June 20, 2010

Filed under: Garden — belladonnabess @ 8:04 pm

Horrible weather on Sunday, so I didn’t get much done.

Sowing: broad beans (dwarf early green on the south side of the bed and Sutton’s dwarf on the north).

Weeding: the garden is in need of a major weed. I did about half and hour and barely made a dent in it.

Eating: yam/ oca, silverbeet, potatoes. Occasional pak choi, walking and multiplying onions, kale, lettuce, oyster mushrooms.

Thriving: I let a chervil plant go to seed. Now I have a ridiculus abundance of it. Apparently you can make “chervil vinegar” with it. So far I’ve found a recipe that takes 2 cups of chervil, so may give it a try.

Germinating: I have abundant feral lettuce, and the miner’s lettuce is now starting to sprout. I’ve also got dill coming up in reasonable quantity, and the usual stupid abundance of parsley seedlings.


Out of the habit June 4, 2010

Filed under: Garden — belladonnabess @ 11:15 pm

I’ve done little gardening and even less writing about it lately. Between work, house renovations and horrible weather, the garden is a rather neglected mess. But I have been…

Eating: silverbeet, potatoes, silverbeet, potatoes, silverbeet, potatoes

Eating, but in rather smaller quantities: oca (yams), celery, broccoli, oyster mushrooms (from a kit), savoy cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke, lettuce, walking onions, garlic, tomatoes, raspberries.

Buying: ordinary mushrooms, chokoes, onions. I’m not buying a lot of vegetables, just a few things that I really felt like having.

Sprouting: two chokoes, one of the spiny and one of the smooth variety. I’ll try and get them to grow here, although they prefer a warmer climate. Right now they are sitting on a damp paper towel on a plate in the laundry. No point in freezing them outside right now.

Planting: a few pak choi or other brassica seedlings.

Tidying: had some help today and started the winter cleanup. Pulled out the tomatoes, removed all the nets except one that I just realise I forgot, pulled down the bean frame, weeded the soft fruit beds and put down some more pea straw.

Harvesting: I have pulled up a few oca over the last two weeks, but harvested the lot today, plus a few potatoes that were mixed up among them. Maybe 3/4 of a bucketful from a single row of plants, just over a metre long.