Grow It and Eat It – 12 Super Spinach Recipes

Super Spinach! - how to grow it and 10 great spinach recipes that even the kids will eat!

I am not a winter gardener. I just can’t bring myself to battle with the frost and ice and mud that we get here over winter, so I pretty much give up gardening during the colder months. But despite crazy icy mornings this year, and total and utter neglect, good old reliable spinach is growing […]

The Garden Classroom – Interview and Book Give Away

The Garden Classroom by Cathy James - an interview with the author and give away

I have been lucky to ‘meet’ some really lovely people online, and one of the loveliest is Cathy James from NurtureStore. Today we are all lucky as I have a quick interview with Cathy to share where I ask here about life as a Mum, her love of gardening and her lovely new book The […]

The Garden is…

The garden is more than just a distraction...

I am quietly surprised about how much I love growing fruit and veggies. I used to think the garden was the domain of the old lady. The lady who’s hours are not filled with children and laundry and meal times – the garden was a nice distraction. And it is a distraction, one that calls […]

Eat What You Grow – Spinach and Potato Slice

Spinach and Potatoe slice - an easy crustl-ess quiche recipe

We’ve got a lot of ‘green stuff’ growing in our garden at the moment. ‘Green stuff’ is the generic term used by my children to describe any green leafy vegetable. It could be spinach, kale, silverbeet (chard), pak choy – if it’s has lots of green leaves and it’s edible, it is ‘green stuff’. Despite […]

Making Homemade Chamomile Tea

Make your own chamomile tea - it's easy once you get the chamomile to grow!

The firs time I tried to grow chamomile I carefully planted neat rows of seeds into nice fertile soil and watered them diligently, and, nothing happened. One stunted little plant grew with a couple of fuzzy leaves but it never flowered. The following year I chucked what was left of the chamomile seeds into the […]

Summer Garden

Summer Garden

The veggie garden is green and full and lovely at the moment. Some cooler summer days and loads of spring rain has made everything leafy and wild I can’t believe I planted so much this year. It didn’t feel like a lot back in spring. I just kept heaping dirt into rows and popping more […]

Eat What Your Grow – Spring Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Kid friendly food gardening - eating what you grow! An easy spring salad and balsamic dressing

It was a warm weekend here on the Pickle Farm, and sunny weather in mid-October means it’s time to start planting seeds in the garden. So the kids and I spent most of the weekend shoveling horse poop, poking little seeds into the dirt and playing with the hose. It was glorious! The garden is […]

Kid Friendly Food Gardening – Autumn Harvest.

Kid Friendly Food Gardening - Getting the kids invovled in the last of the harvest.

We’ve eaten our way through all the delicious spring and summer veggies we planted and now that the weather has turned chilly it’s just about time to give up on the stragglers and rip out all the plants so we can prep the beds for winter. But we still have some veggies that are holding […]