I come from a family of green thumbs, but sadly, I didn’t inherit the gene. I did inherit the fat bum, the short sightedness and the horror of public speaking, but not the green thumb, I’m afraid.
I don’t have a clue about gardening
It’s not that I don’t appreciate a good garden, I do. I especially love a big, productive vegie garden and fruit trees. The problem is that I get so overwhelmed by the whole thing that it makes me dizzy. I just give up and head off to the farmers’ market instead.
I’ve had lots of good advice from my green-thumbed family members, I’ve visited Bulleen Art and Garden and CERES, I’ve pored over the Digger’s catalogue and I’ve attended council-run seminars on composting and vegie gardening. I’ve read gardening books and blogs, watched Vasili , Costa and Peter Cundall, and I’ve listened to Jane Edmanson and Dirty Deeds, but with every gem of wisdom I feel more confused and inadequate.
A couple of months ago, I decided to disregard all of it. I decided I wouldn’t do any more gardening. We planted a few low maintenance plants, like ferns and nasturtiums and let the rest of it go to hell…which just looks really depressing.
Giving it another shot
Then, while browsing through a whole lot of vegan food blogs, I came across Kemi’s Raw Kitchen, and her idea of a green smoothie garden. I loved the idea—after all, when we had grown vegies, silverbeet and rainbow chard were about the only plants that didn’t get attacked by pests or killed by drought or neglect.
I (very carelessly) prepared one of our old vegie beds that had been overtaken by weeds. I threw in some rainbow chard, kale and silverbeet seedlings. (Yes, seedlings! I’m aware that that’s a waste of money and I should be growing them from seed—but, as I said, I’m not following the rules anymore! I’m such a rebel.)
When they took off, I followed up with coriander, parsley and mint.
Last week, I added snow peas. So far, it’s all going pretty well.
Green smoothies from the garden
My favourite thing is to go into the garden to pick off a few leaves for a green breakfast smoothie or a stir fry.
Last week I moaned about my failed Vine video, but this time I managed to film the making of my breakfast smoothie. So, dim the lights, grab your popcorn, and get ready for a great viewing experience! (I’ve only had one comment on Vine…that it’s “gross”. Oh well, that person didn’t taste it!) J
By the way, the video is quite annoying! If you want it to stop, just scroll away from the image. (I don’t get it either…)