Holiday potato harvest

My parents have some land down on the Great Ocean Road, where they’re building a very exciting underground house. There’s also a very exciting veggie patch and the beginnings of an orchard. Over the Easter Long Weekend, Mum and I harvested a massive tub of potatoes (about 20kg), then replanted some as well as garlic and broad beans.

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And now I have about eight kilos of potatoes. What to do?

Leek and potato soup (made about six litres and froze most).

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Roast chicken with kipflers and beets.

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Leftover chicken and veg pot pies.

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Bubble and squeak rosti (made enough to freeze)

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We had the rosti with salad greens and radishes from the garden, and the radish tops were added to the bubble and squeak.

Still have a pile of kipflers left – I think they’ll become potato salad.

With the exception of the leek and potato soup, all of these were new recipes. I love how gardening makes me a more adventurous cook!

Glorious rain

It’s been raining all week here, and the garden is loving it. It’s been two and a half weeks since I planted up the veggie beds, and all of my seeds have sprouted, so it seems like a good time to document what I’ve got growing in there.

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Now the fun begins

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After so much planning and hard work, the garden is finally all in place. The beds are all up and planted. We’ve also added some dwarf trees along the fence – a Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Moorpark apricot and Goldmine nectarine. They’re interplanted with a Jostaberry, rhubarb, nasturtium and a Cape gooseberry I grew from some seed from my mother-in-law’s backyard. I’ve also planted ginger, Vietnamese mint, garden mint and scented geraniums along the front of the studio, in a little bed that gets no direct sun but plenty of light.

The seedlings in the veggie beds are all looking healthy and strong. Lettuce, rocket, radish, carrot, spring onion, coriander, snowpea and broad bean seeds have all sprouted. The early garlic is in. Potatoes are in.

Now I just have to wait to start harvesting!

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But in the meantime there’ve been a few delicious things from the garden to keep me going. One of my two potato bags was a dismal failure, but the other was… okay. I think Melbourne summers are just too hot for potatoes – mine got frizzled several times. I’m going to try growing from early autumn instead. We’ve also had a handful of the most delicious raspberries – I wasn’t expecting any until next season, so it’s a nice surprise.

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