The joy of rain in the summer heat…

Some people live in places where it rain every day. They are so used to it, that the joy of rain might be lost…

On the other hand, we who live in dry places have the utmost experience of joy when the rain comes. Christmas Day was extremely hot and dry, and yesterday the rain came again.

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So I grabbed my trusty old Canon Powershot SX 150 iS and went to play in the rain…

Rain to us is a symbol of new life. And my vegetable garden really enjoyed the cooling down…

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Yes, I know, my tomatoes do not look like supermarket quality. But they are organically grown, with NO insecticides used at all… and they taste delicious!

Urban Farming is fun…

Today I had one of my best harvest days in my urban farm so far… I started out with the wish to lay fresh produce at my wife’s feet.

And today: we have more than enough for today’s needs- enough to start giving away, and that was what I dreamed about…

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Happiness is… producing your own food!

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Look at that baby marrow (zucchini/courgette!) We left it a little too long on the plant…

There were no poisons used on these veggies. The main fertilizer used was worm tea from my 4 worm bins. Not totally organic yet, but I am nearing that!

I am really looking forward to that sweetcorn tonight! Harvest day makes all the work from digging the soil, fertilizing, planting, watering and weeding for 3 months worthwhile.  And to give some friends something from my garden- priceless!

Meanwhile, in Sunny South Africa, we are having a little bit of a heat wave, with no rain. The heat and drought are really getting on my nerves. I would love a day of two of rain!  And my vegetable garden too, we are suffering!

And yes, I really love my South African Cricket Team Supporter Shirts, I do have quite a few!

 

 

Vegetable garden firsts…

I started my vegetable garden, to feel like a successful caveman.  I wanted to lay the bounty before my lady’s feet, and provide…

This morning is a very special morning. I harvested my very first cucumber ever. Not very big. But very tasty! Not to be confused with the zucchini/courgette in front…

I also harvested my very first butternuts, and somewhere a squash also popped up… the green beans and the aubergines also continue to provide fresh goodness to my family.

When I harvest, I am so grateful for all the time I took to read about it, weeding, digging, fertilizing, weeding, watering…

No poisons was used in the production of these veggies, and it tastes great!

This is something some people in my country still don’t get: First you work, then you reap the benefits.

I actually learn a lot in my vegetable garden, that I also try to utilize in my work…

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My earthworm farm is growing along nicely, with all the scraps from the kitchen (except meat and dairy, citrus, pineapple and onions) going into my bins. The earthworm tea provides very good nutrition for my vegetables, and I look forward to the worms making love, laying eggs, growing to a huge population, making lots of compost and tea…  This gardening game gives me a lot of joy!

 

PS- I passed the 500 km mark in my cycling training program for this years Pick ‘n Pay Argus Cycle Tour this morning…

 

My new pets arrived today! Vermicomposting…

For a long while now I have been interested in the process of vermicomposting. Making compost with the help of earthworms.

I received a few from a friend a while back. But when I talked to Brigid at aristonorganics, she sent me another 5 litre tub of worms,  from the Cape yesterday. The Red Wriggler variety that is needed to do the job.And I just went to our Post Office and collected them. That was fast and speedy service- the worms travelled 1600 km in 24 hours!

And this is the start of my vermicomposting project:

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The first batch is in this Big Jim 100l container, with some holes drilled in the bottom to collect the vermi-tea. The next two crates are standing by, to go on top of this one, when the worms have settled and started their work.

And this is the view inside, look at all the happy campers…

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Why am I so interested in this earthworm project? I really want to grow my family’s own vegetables in our back yard. I want to reduce our own footprint on the environment, and reduce the amount of waste going into our landfill. I am also really interested in urban farming as a solution to hunger in Africa, and I want to learn a lot in the process of playing these games!

Thanks for the help, Brigid Jackson!