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A new herb garden | Mon Jardin Update

  OK. I am really excited. Bursting actually. I am hoping, with fingers crossed, that I will finally be the proud owner of a new herb garden this weekend. If you haven’t read my previous garden posts, I’ll recap. I love to cook. So, I asked ‘the one’ if I could have some herbs in my courtyard. I just wanted to tend to them lovingly, smell them, cut them and then throw them delicately into a dish I am preparing  for dinner. That’s all. Nothing too difficult. Nothing that drains your brain. However, a year later (not that I am complaining … Continue Reading

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In loving memory of my gorgeous girls | Mon Jardin Update

We have had a night of tears. Loads of tears. Heart-string tugging, gut-wrenching, full water-works tears. Upon arrival home last night my baby lil’un and I were met with grim faces. Very grim faces. Only to be told that my four gorgeous girls were not in their coop or pen. They were missing and the only thing visible was a few feathers on the ground where an obvious struggle had ensued. Oh, and a large hole dug under the fence by something with very sharp claws. They were gone. Very gone. It seems a hungry Mr Fox had decided that … Continue Reading

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Mon Jardin Update | Bountiful Baby Bok Choy

  As we move away from the sometimes oppressive heat of Summer and through the humid months of February and March, my thoughts turn to the cool, crisp mornings of Autumn with it’s warm sunny days. I think I have mentioned before that I LOVE Autumn!   So must my thoughts also turn to my little vegie plot.  The last of the summer crops has now been harvested and the first of the autumn/winter crops planted. In fact, this post shows the first of the autumn crops to be harvested.   This succulent, sweet and tender young bok choy. Perfect for … Continue Reading

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Mon Jardin | Holy Tuber | Ginger

Holy tuber! Well, would you look what we found growing in the garden when we were last maintaining our little vegie plot. It seems that we have a rather abundant collection of lush ginger root growing wild. Perfect. I have now put my mind to the harvest process and then the uses of this amazingly versatile growth. I  must admit, ginger looks like it has been around since the dinosaurs with it’s almost reptilic appearance, wrinkly with appendages. Eery!   Ginger has wonderful medicinal powers. So, no more colds for us. Just add a good chunk into your fresh juice machine … Continue Reading

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Mon Jardin | Update

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I adore my little vegetable garden and the fresh produce I collect from it. It gives me such a sense of accomplishment and pride. Plus, I know it could not be any fresher or healthier! Stay tuned for a further post using the eggs from ‘the girls’. images: Linda ~ Pleasures of the Plate

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Mon Jardin | Oh no! – something is eating my baby tomatoes!

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I have really enjoyed the whole process of planting my own seedlings and watching them grow their precious offspring. The whole pasture/paddock to plate idea is very enticing. Oh, the joy of being able to cook with produce from my very own garden. Not to mention the eggs. The eggs are delicious. But I digress! Back to my baby tomatoes. Hmmm…it seems something other than me likes the taste of these little morsels. In fact, whatever little beastie it is has sucked the inside right out of them. Anyone have any ideas as to what type of little beastie might … Continue Reading

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Mon Jardin | My New Raised Garden Beds

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  Other vegetables planted include: Corn, cucumbers, capsicum, lettuce. Fruit includes: watermelon, rockmelon, a mango tree and a passionfruit vine. I can hardly wait to start picking from our new crops and then use the produce in my cooking. This really will be a dream come true. My own fruits and vegetables, plus fresh eggs on a daily basis. The raised garden beds can be purchased from: Naturalyards Pty Ltd. Tel: 1300668556 Richard Roe: 0409.365.104 www.naturalyards.com.au images: Linda ~ Pleasures of the Plate

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Mon Jardin | Les Poulets (my chickens) – an update

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I would like you to meet Noodle. Noodle is one of our four chickens. My baby loves Noodle. She gives her loads of cuddles. Noodle loves my baby. She follows her around as if my baby were her mother. This all began when my father-in-law decided to add to our chicken collection. He went off for an hour-and-a-half drive and came back with two more chickens (we already were the proud owners of two). The two new chickens then had to become familiar  with the original two chickens. I was not aware that there is a certain ‘pecking’ order (pardon the pun) … Continue Reading

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Name my new Chickens | Mon Jardin update

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Wow. Well ‘the one’ and eldest son did make good on their promise (or part thereof). On Sunday, we added the latest additions to our family. One black and one brown chicken. Hopefully these little hens will provide me with fresh daily organic eggs for my baking. I will, however, have to wait about three weeks whilst they become acquainted with each other and settle into their new home surrounds before they will start laying. We eventually would like to have a bigger coop with up to eight chickens. Well, we do have a large family of seven with regular extras (boyfriends … Continue Reading

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Mon Jardin | My Garden | From Inception and beyond one little step at a time.

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After some very insistent hinting, suggesting and winking ‘the one’ and eldest son have decided to indulge me. I have pleaded, begged (yes, even begged) for a vegetable garden of my very own. As everyone knows, I love, Love, LOVE to cook, so it makes absolute sense for me to have a little plot of my own providing easy access to herbs and other homegrown delicacies. There seems, however, to be a wee bit of a problem, and that is that our land is probably better suited to mountain goats than a well laid out vegetable garden. Never one to … Continue Reading

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