It's so nice, and so rewarding as well, to be able to eat fresh fruit and veges from the garden.
I must have made a really good compost last winter: I'd planted some courgette, tomato and sunflower seeds, and suddenly that corner turned into a real bush. A pumpkin managed to sprout as well, and it's slowly taking over the corn patch.
So far, we've had close to a kilo of courgette a day (they're slowing down a bit now), a handful of beans every couple of days and a few strawberries and radishes. There's also sorrel, rhubarb and spinach ready to be picked, the tomatoes are not far off, a heaps more things sprouting: watermelon, cabbages, rock melon, carrots, lettuce, salsify, corn, eggplant, capsicum, rocket, kale, onions, pak choi, sliverbeet. Cross fingers things will grow!
We're also lucky to have a little orchard with golden queen peaches, granny smith and cooking apples, mandarins, tangelos, oranges and lemons. Our latest additions, three lovely Orpington chooks, love resting in the shade they offer in the heat of the afternoon.
I have also been growing all our herbs: thyme, rosemary, basil, mint, coriander, dill, stevia, sage and chives. Most herbs have medicinal properties, which we value as well, and I have added a few more: lemon balm, chamomille, calendula, aloe and echinacea. I am very excited about the echinacea. Although I don't think I'll be digging out my only plant yet. I'm waiting to get some seeds and plant them next year.
We've been using soapnuts (or washberries) for our laundry, and I've been using it as a shampoo as well (it works a treat), and every now and again I'd find some seeds, so I planted all the ones I'd collected so far and two produced seedlings. I have to figure out how to care for them this winter (indoors or outdoors?). It would be so nice to get our own soapnuts fro our tree. The only thing is that it takes about 10 years before getting the first fruit! Hopefully we'lle still be here in 10 years' time.