|A station wagon worth of market plants. All ready to plant in your edible garden.|
But a little (big) boy is about to help me win the battle.
I started this thing hoping to grow it slowly, to have a viable business to give me full time work when the littlest garden fairy starts school. But things have been going well. The people of Hobart are giving us great support at the Farm Gate Market, and a couple of amazing chefs have come along for the ride with us, offering support, sharing their amazing knowledge and advice, taking the good with the bad while we get the garden sorted.
So, now we've decided it's time that I gain the help of my partner in crime, the gardening chef.
|The gardening chef in action.|
For 11 years he's worked at Mures Upper Deck, creating gorgeous dishes with Tassie seafood. As our garden has grown he's started spending long stretches before work wandering the garden seeking out the lushest, most interesting leaves, flowers and veg for his plates. He cultivated, sowed, jealously guarded and nurtured his own patch of salsify, and this patch, I think, gave him his first real taste of fork to fork cooking. He roasted the salsify, blanched and blackened the kale then served them both with a few slices of melting Tallegio cheese. It was good. Bloody good!!
He is neat, organised, disciplined and precise.
I am chaotic and hopefully knowledgeable enough to counter my lack of discipline.
He cooks. Awesomely.
I garden. Rampantly.
He's decided to give up the head chef caper and take up some work in one of our favourite restaurant kitchens where he can be part of weaving magic with the best produce to be found in Tassie, and spend the rest of his time in the mud. With me.
So, between the two of us, some kitchen garden magic will flourish. And, either out for dinner, or at the Farm Gate, we'd love to share the fruits of our labours with you.
|Shungiku, or Chop-suey-green flower. We have seeds, plants|
and cut greens of this available at market. Tasty!
We'll be at the market this Sunday, the 30th of October, hopefully with the gardening chef and garden fairies in tow, for the Farm Gate's second birthday celebration.
|Littlest garden fairy admiring a sundew, Drosera sp. in our 'scrub'.|
This is why we want to use the minimum land to produce the maximum food.
To leave room for these important treasures.
|The biggest garden fairy gathers and labels our eggs for market.|
|Calendula officinalis, double form.|
Use petals in salads, on cakes or medicinally
in tea or ointment.
We grow it to attract beneficial insects.
And because we like to make posies.
|Tiny 'National Two' radishes.|