Communal Garlic

Isn’t it incredible the way food brings people together. It seems to be the glue of our social fabric…. food is always there. Sometimes it lurks in the wings and you hardly notice the doughy biscuit that slips down with the weak tea in a meeting, whilst it always hails as the main event at a family Christmas…. but sometimes, if you’re lucky, it brings new people into your life and cements a friendship. My family got lucky…. and we have garlic to thank!

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Our family met Antonio and his family last year as we were all wallowing at a local waterfall swimming hole one stunning afternoon. We’ve since become good friends, but it has been garlic that has cemented the deal. Antonio had been cultivating his own organic garlic seed for many years, and then found himself between homes at time of planting, so asked us and another local family if he could plant on our properties and then we can share the crop. I just love this idea, communal garlic… and by November it certainly will be Peak Garlic!

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Not only does Antonio get to continue the blood line of his beloved garlic, but we’ll get some free garlic and the beginnings of our own bloodline… and best of all, it’s brought our families closer together. Thank you garlic, and thank you Antonio. Stay tuned for Antonio’s tips on plaiting the garlic at the end of the year!

 

Gardening with Little People!

I’ve had a number of projects on the boil of late… who am I kidding, my life is a long list of projects that I conjure up! One very enjoyable project was helping a local childcare centre “Little Peoples Early Learning Centre”, where my boys attend, set up their veggie patch.

It was really lovely to have all the children so enthusiastic about gardening and wanting to help out. We donned hats and gloves and got to work adding lots of yummy goodness to the soil (compost and manure) and then the kids started burying the plants… literally. Luckily we had lots… not sure how many will survive the enthusiasm!

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As you can see the space we had to work with was rather long and narrow, but perfect for little arms to reach for planting, and picking when the time comes!  We put in a lovely winter crop of lettuce, peas, strawberries, chives, silverbeet, beetroot and carrots… with lots of marigolds for keeping the pests at bay and for lovely colour in the kids play ground.

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‘Little Peoples’ cook their own meals on site, so hopefully the children will be able to pick part of their own lunch very soon.  A most rewarding time, thank you Little Peoples!

(NB.The plant labels I used are the ones I made out of yoghurt containers a few blogs ago… and we’ve had a few not adhere very well to the paddle pop sticks. If you’re going to try it, go for a stronger glue!)