JUICED: From the garden: kale, spinach and parsley From Elsewhere: New Zealand oranges, beetroot, ginger, watermelon
Wasn’t thinking so clearly this morning and I put the kale straight into the juicing machine before it’s photo shoot. Then I juiced the spinach before the second photo shoot. Ah well. The juice today was A+. The watermelon cancelled out the bitterness of the kale.
A juicing mustache today.
Ingredients: Carrots, New Zealand oranges, ginger, beetroot, kale and spinach From our garden: spinach and kale
The vegetable garden is very giving. My spinach seems to have gone from a weenie thing to a giant overnight. I think I blinked.
There is satisfaction in growing vegetables.
Kale is a little bitter so I only included three stems this time around and the sweetness of the oranges and carrots balanced it nicely.
I’m making smaller juices this year.
White flying bugs like to live on the underside of the leaves. If I spray the underside with water they don’t like it and die or leave. This natural technique needs to be repeated as it is far from perfect to remove every bug. They have returned but in smaller numbers.
SILVERBEET/ SWISS CHARD:
Takes its time to grow and appears to be last out of the gate in the race. But it may just be a turtle. Maybe it doesn’t like the neighbouring plants? Not sure yet.
Beautiful green foliage, looking very healthy. Need to divide the plants better as I can see three beetroots squashing each other. Do I leave them together or remove two? Is it too late to transplant again? One plant recovering from being eaten by sparrows. Looking forward to using the beetroot greens in juicing.
FLAT LEAF PARSLEY:
Starting to show growth finally, a slow starter. Healthy and not favoured by insects or birds.
I still have not labelled parsley correctly, I wrote celery instead. They look similar when young.
Leaves were being eaten at night or early morning by unknown culprits. Sparrows were observed and disturbed mid munch. Thanks to the suggestion by the “unorthodox epicure” to sprinkle cayenne pepper on the plants to deter the birds. Experiment worked. Plants not in the photograph. Recovering from being eaten prematurely by sparrows.
SHISO, GREEN AND RED:
Starting to take off now with new growth. They have taken a while to get used to their new location. Patience is paying off.
Waiting for the rain to come before expanding the garden. Ground too hard to transplant plants that I want to move elsewhere. Compost seems to be doing its job well.