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Happy Nature Filled New Year 2019!

A flower blessing to YOU from my garden and I for a beautiful, healthy and happy New Year!

In this photo I used mini dianthus, zinnias, dahlias, nasturtium and roses I picked from my garden on New Years Day, with a purpose that didn’t involve a vase.

I felt these beauties should have multiple uses, in true permaculture style. So when I was picking flowers for my usual flower blessing bowl – a beautiful energetic practice I like to do for setting the home’s energy on New Years Day (see below) – I thought I’d do a year theme inspired photo for Instagram too.

If you’re not following me on Instagram I confess that’s really where the daily posts and action is. So please press this Instagram link and follow me there too–I’d enjoy getting to know you!

I’m more of a ‘just do-er’ than a resolution maker. But I will be better at posting here in 2019 and that’s really what I work with– a loose plan with flexibility that involves taking opportunities that pop up along the way!

On the ‘harvest opportunity front’, my edible garden is producing amazing things right now in the peak of our Australian Summer. I posted a photo of tomatoes on my windowsill today on Instagram. There are really so many ripening on the windowsill it’s making the window difficult to open. I need a new and simple system, ha ha–don’t we all for everything! It’s a great problem to have! But I wouldn’t want the window open today anyway. It’s 38 degrees C outside! So I’ve bought myself some time with the weather’s help.

I’m doing a daily pick/harvest photo, and sometimes a focus photo, on one particular type of vegetable or fruit if I think it would be interesting. Here are some examples of this colourful and productive time of year in my garden.

One of the aspects of having a garden I really enjoy is the ability to be resourceful with the produce that comes in the harvest basket from my morning garden stroll. That harvest is often determined by the weather right now (saving things from heat) or determined by what I need for a particular meal.

The cheese-ball you see above is an example of a theme based snack. I made it for New Year’s Eve (out of near-to-date milk which otherwise may have gone to waste) by making my own cream cheese and then, using it in the cheeseball. It wouldn’t be coated in chives unless I’d had an abundance to pick from in the garden. It wouldn’t exist at all if I didn’t have an aversion to wasted milk.

So the intention behind the types of home cuisine I make can be steered by the garden itself and ‘ingredient opportunities’ that present themselves. Becoming aware of your choices is what this is about, which is ironically linked to New Years Resolutions.

Mindfulness in the garden, offers a beautiful rhythm of flowing with the seasons, with life in general, if you let it work on you.

I hope you experience great ‘flow’ in 2019–at work, at home, at play, in communication with others and in your special relationships.

May 2019 be your best friend!

 

 

Life and my Garden, Plant Stories

The Time to plant Fruit Trees is Yesterday!

When people ask me when they should plant fruit trees…I say…’yesterday!’

I say this because fruit trees can take years to prosper – for you to get ‘food results’.

For example I haven’t seen an avocado from my over 12 year old avocado tree.

But let me tell you a story, because that’s not always the case…

My Spring Satin dwarf plumcot tree was bought for $16 AUD in November 2015, marked down from $45.

The tree had obviously experienced dehydration at the ‘big shed’ it came from, and looked quite sorry for itself on that overpopulated markdown shelf. It was the only plumcot there.

I knew this tree had potential with my help, because it’s genetics and nursery supplier were reputable. I had also heard only great things about this variety, to that point.

It is now 3.5 foot high and in remarkable health. It’s small stature is definitely not an indicator of fruiting ability in my experience.

The tree is planted within stone’s throw from a satsuma plum, and a nashi pear that blossom at the same time. It’s possible these are acting as pollinators or at least encouraging pollinators for this partially self-fertile fruit tree.

So far this year it has produced 850g of fruit, with average fruit mass of 18.8g.

No fruit fly, minimal water, drought tolerant, delicious tasting fruit!

While I still advise getting all your fruit trees in early  I want to show you that some are surprisingly quick to fruit!

These are the type of images I was dreaming of when I started my garden 26 years ago.

This fruit took only 3 years!

Get planting! 🌸

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Kitchen, Life and my Garden

Bay Leaf Drying Time

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I noticed masses of new season growth on my mature, very attractive and fragrant bay tree this afternoon.

I’m so glad I planted this tree ‘all those years ago’.

I’ve trained the tree into a standardised form in the middle of one of my annual garden beds.

The tree is an evergreen constant in this bed, along with the rosemary bush.

It gives structure and purpose while the rest of the bed morphs annually around it.

When the bay tree starts to look like a shaggy pom pom on a stick, I know it’s bay leaf drying time!

The strong dry winds today make perfect conditions for this.

The wind is drying off the humidity in the air, and this starts to desiccate the leaves once removed from the tree.

Thankfully the dust (from the dust storm these winds are part of) was not that bad where I live, today.

I’ll dry my bay leaves indoors naturally over a few weeks.

Since my drying equipment is taken up with so many other tasks such as flower and lavender drying, at present, I will be drying the bay leaves very simply-in paper bags.

I’ve decided bay leaves and bay leaf powder will be my mission this season.

I’m imagining the many uses and projects these leaves will have–culinary powders/leaves, immune-boosting teas, fragrant sprays, bug repellant sachets…the list goes on.

After all these years I still get a thrill from this side of gardening.

When you actually use what you grow,  it multiplies the already exponential benefits of gardening.💕🌸

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Life and my Garden

Aloe Vera for the warm seasons

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I potted up some of my beautiful organically grown aloe vera plants this morning, for quick access during the warm season.

A well known natural gel for healing burns, bites and stings, the plant has been shown to clean indoor air of toxins, particularly formaldehyde.

I grow bulk quantities and preserve the gel to use in homemade beauty products, and for all the bites, stings and burns, myself and family have no trouble accumulating during the warmer months.

See my free video about harvesting and preserving aloe vera gel on VintageTrish Youtube Subscribe while you’re there it’s free.

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May your days be healthy and wonderful. Trish x

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*Please note I am not a doctor-do your own research and seek necessary professional medical assistance

Life and my Garden

A Natural Winter Wellness Snack From the Garden

It’s the best part of having a food garden!

Being able to step outside and get the sort of snack a vegetarian like me drools over, for free.

It’s even better when that food is not just delicious…it’s medicine.

I’m not a doctor and I can’t and won’t recommend what is right for you, as I have no knowledge of your physical make-up and health issues.

But what I can tell you about is my experience.

Take my afternoon snack on this very chilly winter’s day here in outer Sydney, Australia.

My ‘one hundred percent natural winter wellness supplement on a plate’ afternoon snack consisted of my naturally homegrown orange segments, parsley, a nasturtium leaf & mint.

After eating this little combo the clarity, and energy clicks in, within 10 minutes after eating it.

There are good reasons for this.

Nasturtium leaves are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and D, beta-carotene, iron, manganese, and flavonoids.

Mint is a natural anti-microbial agent and breath freshener. It contains small amounts of potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin A.3. As a long held remedy for digestion, it is thought to do this by increasing bile secretion and encouraging bile flow. It also contains an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid, and menthol, a natural aromatic decongestant that helps to break up phlegm and mucus.

Parsley feels like a multi-vitamin and mineral complex in one plant, to me. It’s active ingredients are said to include phenolic compounds, antioxidant flavonoids, essential oils like myristicin and apiol, and various nutrients like vitamins/minerals such as K, C, A, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

All I had to do was enjoy this plate of oranges and a few herbs, picked straight from the garden. It seems from the information I’ve gathered in years gone by, that my eyes, brain, digestion, heart & immunity get the kick they need in chilly weather, from this delightful food.

Most importantly, the food is ‘living’–the essence of life passes to me from the plants, as I consume the food. The enzymes were preserved because they were picked by me and consumed immediately.

My quirky ‘OCD add’ is to consume using a cocktail fork of course!

Only the best…..thats a ‘mind’ thing 😉

References:

Nasturtium Leaves: http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Nasturtium_Leaves_8778.php

Parsley: https://draxe.com/parsley-benefits/

Mint: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/275944.php

Disclaimer: Please note I accept no responsibility for the outcomes of any actions taken by readers in response to my blogs, photos or videos. All posts I make are prepared carefully. I encourage you to always do your own research, for your needs. Happy reading.

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