Tuesday, December 9, 2008

In the backyard

We seem to spend more time in the backyard lately which was the goal of creating some new garden beds and getting a puppy. It's so great to get the girls outside in the fresh air and away from the television. G. has started trying to ride on E's scooter now that E is busy with her new bike. She doesn't quite have the hang of it yet, but she is having fun practising.

We have harvested our first eggplants which seems like a miracle. I guess it is! We planted these little seedlings a few months ago and then the plants grew like topsy. Next came large white flowers, followed by purple eggs with thorny little hats on. S. grilled the first one (see picture) and put it on his gluten free pizza that he makes every week for work lunches. We have also picked lots of our silverbeet which I have been having in my weekend omelettes with feta cheese and semi-sundried tomatoes. Very tasty and such an amazing feeling to cook something you have grown. I had only ever grown herbs before.

We've been having some humdinger storms lately. Here's one brewing over our back neighbour's house the other weekend. We were working in the yard and had to quickly take cover when it broke. It only lasted about 10 minutes and then it was all sunny again so we went back out and kept on working.


Tammie said...

love the pic of the storm cloud.

im so impressed with your eggplants. ive only mastered tomatoes....im gonna work a bit harder next spring...hopefully ill have a better outcome.

CT said...

That eggplant looks just yummy! I wish we had a backyard, but we live in a tiny downtown old house with no backyard. Our master bedroom does open into a cement terrace, and there I have pots with rosemary, basil, oregano, mint, two bugambilias and soon a little tomatoe plant... I hope! oh, and for the season,we bought six poinsettias. I hope one day we can move into a house with a garden as gorgeous as yours!

Dee from Downunder said...

Great produce!

That storm cloud must be like what hit us, we got 60mm of rain in about 20 minutes. It poured!

hester said...

You girls are very sweet to admire our eggplants. It has been amazing watching them grow. Our tomatoes were a failure, though. Something ate the plants and they just up and died before the tomatoes ripened.

Le @ third on the right and cold peas said...

wow congrats on the egg plant - never thought to grow them - nice one le xoxo