Summer Update

There’s been little activity in the garden over the past month really. I’ve been a little distracted by my obsession re-found love of sewing and quite a few trips away.

Picking beans and zucchinis for dinner and encouraging the tomatoes to ripen with kind words. Playing with the hose, badged as ‘watering the garden’.

Admiring the pumpkin which has made it’s home on top of the straw shed so we can admire it from the kitchen window. Sighing at how dry it is over on the back bank where the pumpkins over there will not be doing much at all other than faking near death regularly. The trees in their giant holes filled with compost are doing so much better. Just a case of more organic matter needed, so we will keep putting compost out there and do some mulching sometime. Next summer should be better. The pumpkins on the side of the driveway are doing a lot better than last year – they have had another year of compost and mulch and watering so it is possible.


The corn is growing by the day and started to form cobs and spikes on top.
Last night I planted out and potted on the seedlings from my 30 December seed planting. The beans, spring onions and peas were ready to go out, the silver beet just about. Most of the others (brassicas, basil, lettuce etc) got potted on to develop some more size before being subjected to the vagaries of my attention. The thing I found most interesting about planting out into the garden beds? There’s quite a few pockets in the garden beds for the next round of planting. Which means we have the space to continue the earlier than normal (for us) plant out of autumn/winter veg supplies. In past years we’ve struggled with the cross over time between summer and later seasons meaning the broccoli has gone in far too late in previous years to get to a decent size. Adding the extra garden space is really going to show it’s benefits in autumn.

All about Food

Tagged by Cardinal Cyn

1. What, or who inspired you to start a blog?

The inspiration for this blog came from a gardening notebook I have written in for several years. Being an inveterate planner, I like to have somewhere to record the plans and find them again later. I liked the idea of being able to search easily on past posts, and also being able to share what we are doing at Cato Garden Farm.

2. Who is your foodie inspiration?

Mother Nature. Does that sound twee? A lot of the food I adore is about simple, mighty fine ingredients put together with care and love.

3. Your greasiest, batter-spattered food/drink book is?

Well, not the greasiest, but the most used on a regular basis would have to be Jamie’s 30 minute meals. Obviously Jamie has a special time machine or reeeeallly slow clock, but I love the idea of opening it up and having the whole meal sorted – main, side, dessert all in a couple of pages.

4. Tell us all about the best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it, what was it?

Memorable meals – rillettes on baguettes in a park in Paris. Bought from a food market and eaten in the sun. Little open sandwiches in Copenhagen. Goat’s cheese Gouda in Amsterdam from the local market. Porcini mushroom pasta in cream sauce in Florence. Fish curry on roti for breakfast in Singapore.

(so where did “5″ get to???)

6. What is the one kitchen gadget you would ask Santa for this year (money no object of course)?

A kitchen fairy to tidy away the mess of cooking and buy the essentials like muesli and coffee beans before we run out.

7. Who taught you how to cook?

My mother. Thank You!!!!!!!!!

8. I’m coming to you for dinner what’s your signature dish?

We might do a selection of curries, or in winter roast pork, definitely sorbet for dessert.

9. What is your guilty food pleasure?

Rice crackers with salted butter and peanut butter.

10. Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?

I can’t grow spinach. And I want to! Maybe I will get it right in 2012?

End of Year Planting

Planting 30/12/2011


an assortment of herbs, salad greens, beans and starting on the first of the winter veg.

None have come up yet – what do you mean its only been a couple of days?


those few days have been hot and sunny so we finally got around to putting the hand-me-down shadecloth from A&B up on top of the chicken shed for more shade. It had ripped through the middle. Also as we went to piece it together Robin remembered he’d taken a piece out of it. Ah well, it is probably a better shape a bit smaller anyhow.
Outdoor Sewing
I set up the sewing machine on the deck to give me space to work. A big needle and some topstitching thread worked well to make a new and improved shadecloth. We’ve attached it to the shed in a way that means it can be removed when the sun eases in a month or so.


In other news – we tidied up the expired snow peas from near the new peaches and nectarine down the side and gave the trees a light shaping prune. We also pruned gently the prune plum around the front which is having one, count it, one plum.


Very exciting – the almond has finally broken into leaf. Only several months after we were expecting it to. That means there was only one casualty from the mass fruit tree planting in winter – the Flemish Beauty pear which will need to be replaced next year.

Zucchini have started, as have the beans. The pumpkins are flowering – the one we planted near the straw shed is now climbing on it’s roof with a bit of encouragement. The corn is about 90cm tall and we are hopeful of a few good feeds from that. Yum.