Our red russian kale and curly kale harvest from earlier today 🥬
Kale is such a versatile green. We love it in smoothies, juices, wraps, sautées, and salads.
Most of the time, we eat it straight out of the garden (after rinsing of course). .
Tonight, we ate it blanched with a bit of sea salt...... and it was pure green goodness ❤️
Day 3 of The Solsticeology challenge was to take a seasonally aligned action.
Being a Sunday and all in New Zealand, I've had the opportunity to take dozens of seasonally aligned actions!
1. Eat organic cherries for breakfast
2. Weed the garden path
3. Weed the ferns
4. Set up outdoor living spaces
5. Pile up green shit for landfill
6. Groom all the animals
7. Make love to my wife
8. Eat more cherries
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HELLEBORUS niger (Christrosen) überraschen mich diesen #winter immer wieder.
Diese einzigartige #blüte ist mir sofort ins Auge gestochen. -
DIESE #fotografie ist dieses mal nicht unbearbeitet. Habe etwas der Bearbeitung gespielt. -
Ich mag besonders das man im Hintergrund reinweiße Blüten erkennen kann. -
GIANT seed pods.
See how many and how pronounced they are. HELLEBORUS surprise me this #winter again and again. This unique flower was immediately catching my eye.
THIS #photography is not unprocessed this time. I have played a bit with the editing. -
I love that you can see pure white #flowers in the background.
This lovely old rosemary standard was my grandmother’s. It spends summers outside getting rained on and feeling the breezes, then overwinters in my plant room. I admit, I fuss over it.
My granny was an incredible plantswoman...like, Tasha Tudor level of incredible (and I regard TT as nearly a goddess.) Despite her vast knowledge, when I visited as an adult, she’d always bring me outside to ask my advice on various plant questions... It reminded me of the way she let me win at checkers when I was small.
Something about this plant makes me okay with getting older. With any luck, I’ll be a kick-ass, knowledgeable old lady, some day.❤️😎
🤯🐴 𝕎𝕚𝕟𝕥𝕖𝕣 𝕛𝕠𝕓𝕤🤯🐴 Day 7 @mygardenthismonth is #winterjobs and our first job today was to move the ponies. Now I’m not sexist but I moved all three, my mare ( girl) contrary to equestrian normality didn’t bat an eyelid. These two boys however, wow! Wind up their tales. First job of many completed today. Happy weekend all!
Blimey how this year has flown by, I presented my last design of the year today!⠀
(I’d love to fit in another, but my first op is next Friday!)⠀
As the garden is on a gradient looking up from the kitchen with a height difference of over a metre and a half from the kitchen to the back of the garden. I included this elevation sketch of the garden from the house looking out, to help the clients visualise the pergola they wanted. ⠀
Due to the tall windows in their new extension and the height difference to the first terrace, their pergola will have to be taller than normal at patio level, with narrow profile uprights. Then it needs to clear 2.5 metres at the top of the steps, so it doesn't feel like they are bashing their heads when they walk up. I also wanted it to frame the garden view, whist giving shade on the windows without feeling like it’s hemming them in. ⠀
I used Sketch Up, a design software tool to quickly resolve the pergola upright heights and garden levels. Once I was happy with the design elements, I hand drew this sketch so I could make the planting as realistic as possible, without it taking me a month and a trillion gigabits of RAM.⠀
In my opinion nothing beats a hand-drawn and rendered sketch. I could never get a CAD sketch to create the range of planting, accurate borrowed views and remaining garden features that I can from working from my own imagination. Plus I was able to render whilst I watching the legendary episode of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ with Danny Dyer…..best TV EVER! Did I mention I have the best job ever!!⠀ #handdrawing#designsketch#designsketches#artwork#rendering#sketchup#handdrawn#handdrawings#handdraw#bymyhand#byhand#bestjob#designinspo#designprocess#design#garden#gardens#gardening#gardenofthegods#gardener#gardeners#gardenlife#gardendesign#gardenlove#gardenlover#gardenlovers#gardenblog#gardenblogger#gardendesigner#gardendesigners
💦 Curious to learn more about rainwater harvesting? With awesome input for frequently asked questions to address from you folks, "Rainwater Collection Systems 101 + FAQs" was just published on Homestead and Chill 👍🏼 Follow the link in my profile to the blog 💙
💡 Did you know that it is possible to capture up to 623 gallons of water from a 1000 square-foot roof in just a single 1-inch rainstorm!? 🤯 We realized this pretty quickly in the first rain event with our modest 140 gallon tank so we added a 530 gallon slimline tank, and then another... 😂 We now have about 1300 gallons of rainwater storage capacity here. But folks with more frequent rainfall (or smaller gardens) may not need such large tanks. See, it ONLY rains here from late Nov-March, and is totally dry the rest of the year. Meaning, we have to capture as much as possible at once since there won't be any refills on the way for a long time. In addition to offsetting some of our water use, our plants and compost teas LOVE the chlorine free water! 🌿
🌧 Anywho, come read long to learn the basics of rainwater harvesting, including tips for setting up and using a basic rainwater collection system at home. This article covers rainwater tank options, supplies, and how to assess what type of system may best suit your climate or needs. We’ll go over frequently asked questions – such as rainwater collection laws, water contamination and bacteria concerns, mosquito breeding, how to keep rainwater tanks clean, prevent algae growth, options for hand-watering vs pumps, and more. 👌🏼
Enjoy the old video of our garden from early 2018... when the pollinator island plants were just babies, we had a short front yard fence, and before we added the second 530 gal tank!
🏡 Keep in mind there is a similiar 101 article all about setting up and using a hobby greenhouse on the blog too ✅