Jane's Delicious Garden Blog

Spoke too soon . . .

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the January 29th, 2010

Well I should have kept my mouth shut. Since I wrote the last entry we have had two weeks of solid rain. We have a leaking roof, doors and windows which have swollen and won’t open/shut and a garden that is going mouldy. Enough already.

We are nearly finished shooting the next quarter of Jane’s Delicious Kitchen. Playing hide and seek with the sun doesn’t help speed things up. We should be halfway through quite soon. The layout is in process for the first section and it is looking DEE licious!

Despite being sodden the garden is producing phenomenal amounts of beans, squash, cherry toms, beetroot, greens etc. Fat green chillies are starting to turn and eggplant are plumping up. The potatoes are flowering and cabbages are bursting. Harvest, harvest harvest! I think my favourite taste from the garden right now is young gemsquash, steamed and eaten skins seeds and all. Yum.
Here are some recent harvest pics.

We have a new addition to our family. While on holiday in Kzn we were walking on the beach and a woman asked me if Tilu was a White German Shepherd. Turned out she had seen ten puppies at the vet the day before getting their innoculations. We quickly tracked them down to a family in Ramsgate and chose a little white ball of fluff. Tosca is a delight. Very independent and smart. And brave. Tilu is delighted with her new little sister and they spend hours wrassling. I dread to think what is going to happen to the garden over the next year. Once Tosca is big enough to really chase Tilu it will turn into a race track. Tosca has already started digging – and Tilu has remembered “Oh digging is fun!” Oh oh.

Luscious Jo’burg

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the January 13th, 2010

Back in Jhb and enjoying our fantastic climate. We really have the best weather. We have been down in Kzn for three weeks and had a very relaxing holiday – an eat, sleep, read and swim kind of break which was just what I needed.

The garden is looking luscious, we have obviously had lots of rain. It is a bit too luscious in places – my catmint is exploding, lettuce, spinach and chard have turned into seed head towers and some of the beetroot have reached soccer ball size. But the beans, tomatoes, chillies, potatoes and squashes are thriving. An ex Jo’burger friend who now lives in Madrid was here this morning. He had forgotten how quiet it was – the only thing we could hear was birds.

It is good to be home.