Posts Tagged ‘seasons’

Winter solstice preparations part two

Last week Mme Four and I went for a walk and gathered some pine cones. We then spent several days this week painting them with glue and sprinkling them with glitter. Every four year old’s dream. (Our house has never looked so sparkly either). We finished them with some ribbon and buttons hot glues on so we could hang them.

Mme Four took great delight in helping to decorate the house this year and really being part of the family festivities.
And I’m really enjoying making new family rituals that are in sync with and celebrating the changing seasons around us and watching and noticing how nature changes through the year.

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Winter Solstice preparations – orange pomanders

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orange pomanders

We spent the afternoon today making these beautiful decorations from oranges and cloves.  While it would be more awesome if the oranges were home grown, sadly we bought these.  They still smell delicious though and look very festive.  And Mme. Four had a lovely time helping to make them.  M. One, however, did not have as much fun – he found and ate a dropped clove.

Exploding strawberries

The rain, sun, good soil and fertiliser have done amazing things for our strawberry plants:

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Can’t wait till they start to ripen!

Getting ready for summer part 1

I’m trying to be a little more prepared for the prime growing season this year: sprouting for food was replaced with sprouting for the garden a while back.

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The strawberries have been in dirt for a few weeks now and they are sprouting real leaves. They’re so tiny! They’re in egg cartons in a plastic tub that I keep in the sunroom.

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The basil went into dirt today: it’s too early for outside planting but they should be ok in pots on the deck.

And this year, the tomatoes got the jump on me! These are self seeded from last year’s crop. I’ll put some seeds under glass to sprout soon.

Garden: late July

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There’s not much going on in the garden: the blueberries seem to be getting ready for a big spring, and the garlic is looking nice, but the clear champions are the broad beans. They have survived much frost and manhandling-I’ve bent them through this lattice a number of times-and they’re still the healthiest looking things in the garden. We’ve also planted peas where the bean curtain from last year grew too, but no sign of seedlings yet. Stay tuned: more winter garden pics soon.

Jerusalem artichokes

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Easy to grow, delicious and filling, the only downside of jerusalem artichokes is… well… it relates to the downside. We harvested a plant today and it yielded about 2 meals worth. Combined with zucchini, tomatoes, chillies and silverbeet from the garden, these potato-like nuggets formed a very fine dinner. I roasted them with salt and butter until soft inside and brown outside.

When our noses recover i’ll harvest the 5 or so meals worth remaining in the garden!

Flowers

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Flowering at the moment: sunflower, rose, tomato, strawberry, marigold, sage, corn, hydrangea, dill, corn, chilli. Never really liked the hydrangeas till last week.

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