There’s greens in my bucket dear Liza dear Liza

Regular readers will know that volunteers meet every Wednesday morning at Beelarong Community Farm where I have my allotment. We get together and work in the community garden.

We are having lovely weather this week and as we arrived at 9am the sun was already warm enough for me to remove my jumper, T-shirts were the order of the day. Remember we are in winter here until the end of the month.

The community garden is looking wonderful and it’s a time of real abundance.

The first thing to do was the harvesting before the sun got too hot. There was more silverbeet than you could poke a stick at so I started with that.  I had a couple of bucket loads in no time. Doesn’t it look healthy.  You could live to be a hundred if you eat enough of that wonderful stuff, full of minerals.

buckets of silver beet/ chard

My friend Zu, under the protection of her sun hat, tackled the Asian greens and lettuces.

Zu with the Asian greens

Zu with the Asian greens and lettuces

The harvest was destined for the share table together with herbs, limes, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, beetroot, broccoli and more. It was shared amongst the volunteers at the end of the morning.

Happy gardening.

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tanglycottage
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 17:25:31

    What a delightful place. Silverbeet: Is it the leaf that you eat?

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Aug 07, 2013 @ 17:50:42

      You eat the leaf but you also eat the stems. Just chop up the stems and start them off first, then add the green leaves. I prefer to steam silver beet and I eat it just like that. Nothing added as it’s quite tasty enough on it’s own for my taste.
      However, I’m sure there are lots of recipes too, it goes very well in a quiche, with cheese. But I just like to cut back on the calories, so steamed does me just fine.

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  2. Anna B
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 17:46:19

    That does look like one healthy harvest indeed! What a lovely day for it too!

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  3. MrsYub
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 19:27:01

    Oh wow! It all looks so delightful! Has it been cold there? It has been cold here and nothing much has grown since I harvested it about a month ago (cold and wet.) But yours looks…oh! I have no words! You are so blessed!

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Aug 07, 2013 @ 19:44:08

      The veggies are all growing really well Mrs Yub. We are having a spell of warm weather at the moment. They said we could expect 26c today and I think we did reach that at 12 noon as I was still out there in the garden and I had to give it up. But we are still getting the cold nights.

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  4. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy
    Aug 07, 2013 @ 21:19:50

    Nice haul! We’ve been sharing ours with friends lately too.

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  5. narf77
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 06:11:07

    Hard work rewarded, thats exactly what our lives should be giving us Jean, life lessons that pay off in the end…you work, you get “paid” the end folks! :). That silverbeet looks gorgeous. Mine is still soldiering on despite summers mould attach that got dealt with my mould ladybirds because I was too lazy to pull it out! I also have spinach but not much else. The garden has taken a back seat to winter and to the big garden forming around the outside of my garden beds. I love that everyone shares and that you have that wonderful community of like minded spirits in common Jean, what a wonderful way to live 🙂

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  6. Kathy
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 06:39:17

    Looks like a great harvest and I love that it all gets shared with the volunteers. Your post on “the cube” looks great so I’ll have to put that on my list of things to do with my 9 and 7 year old. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia
    http://www.oursimpleandmeaningfullife.blogspot.com

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  7. livingsimplyfree
    Aug 08, 2013 @ 09:39:11

    Your allotment is a wonderful community. We don’t have allotments here so I’m not sure if it’s normal for everyone to share but hope it is. We don’t have any scheduled time to work in our garden, but whenever a gardener picks through their garden door knocking follows with extra to share around.

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    • Allotment adventures with Jean
      Aug 08, 2013 @ 11:26:13

      Hi Lois, just to clarify. The produce from the community garden is shared amongst volunteers. If they work in the community garden they share the harvest at the end of the morning.

      The allotments surrounding the community garden are a separate thing. We rent our individual plots for an annual fee and whatever we choose to grow belongs to us. Having said that there is a lot of sharing going on as we often find ourselves with a glut of either vegetables or seedlings.

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      • livingsimplyfree
        Aug 08, 2013 @ 11:56:39

        I see you belong to both the community garden and the allotments. I think I confused the two believing they were one in the same. I think it’s wonderful the way everyone shares in the gardens, I see it here as well and feel so much closer to my neighbors for it.

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