The Garden Grows

This is just a brief update on our garden. If you have been reading my blog for a while, likely you read my post Dirty and Green.. it has photos of us working on our garden and transplanting young kale. We started the garden in February. Look at it now!!!!

As for me, I prefer 50 shades of GREEN!! Just look at our yard, the kale! SO GOOD!

As for me, I prefer 50 shades of GREEN!! Just look at our yard, the kale! SO GOOD!

 

I look out my kitchen window and I am simply amazed at the transformation.  We have so much food growing!!!

View from the Kitchen Window

View from the Kitchen Window

Surrounding the perimeter of the garden, we planted kale. We planted our first bunch of kale in Feb, waited a few weeks and then planted some more.. so we will always have fresh kale. We did the same with the potatoes. We planted two rows, waited a few weeks and then planted more. Carrots, kale, potatoes, green onions, white onions, strawberries (which are flowering), cilantro, cucumbers, and red peppers.

The garden is full and beautiful. A neighbor noticed our good-looking garden, came over and offered the use of her land if we wanted to grow more food.. So recently we have started another garden. Tilling the soil by hand is exhausting. Watching the garden grow is magical.

Starting a new garden, side view of our little cottage, the baby napping, and Joao getting the soil ready

Starting a new garden, side view of our little cottage, the baby napping, and Joao getting the soil ready

 

Peaceful Garden baby-she  is a REAL cabbage patch kid!

Peaceful Garden baby-she is a REAL cabbage patch kid!

Planting Potatoes

Planting Potatoes

 

I feel so connected to the food we are growing. We are growing everything organically, and I have learned (the hard way) that snails love kale!!!!  I felt sad when I saw that some of our kale had been eaten by the snails.   The neighbors told us we should spray.. but we said no, we are doing it the natural way. SAND. An old school portuguese farmer trick, is to put sand or sawdust around the base of the kale. So surrounding each bunch of kale is a little mound of sand. It works. Sorry snails..

Eating the fresh food is so rewarding. So delicious and nutritious. I will keep updating as the garden grows. ;)

the beauty of growing food, Organic Kale

the beauty of growing food, Organic Kale

 

“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” ―Claude Monet

Have a healthy day. Eat fresh food, and better yet, plant a garden.  ~Yogini Tiff

“As long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ” -Micheal Pollan 

 

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11 thoughts on “The Garden Grows

  1. The kale its amazing :) Perfect weather there for gardening all organic :) I would like some fresh Kale:)

  2. Wood ash is another slug, snail deterrent that you can put around the base of each plant and I used to sprinkle it on the plants when they were wet from dew, also keeps them from eating greens for a while. Water chestnuts are really easy to grow. You only needs some buckets, cleaned out paint tins with about 4 inches of soil, topped up with water to the top and 2 water chestnuts in each container. Nothing better than looking out your window onto Nature’s bounty planning future recipes. Well done! I bet Luna is communing with the Nature Devas!

    • Thank you.. that is good to know. Yes, it is really incredible to see the garden grow. I know I appreciate my food much more being so connected to it. Water chestnuts? I will have to check that out too. And as for Luna and the Nature Devas.. it is incredible. She sees things and responds to things that most of us can’t see..

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