With most gardens winding down after a productive Summer, ours continues to save us quite a bit of money.
Silverbeet grows all year round and our two plants provide us with greens on our dinner plate at least twice a week. When broccoli is too dear to buy at the supermarket, silverbeet is a nutricious alternative.
Our lemon tree still has fruit from last season as well as new fruit growing that we will be picking in a couple of months. All fruit we cannot use straight away is juiced and frozen for year round savings. Lemon chicken, lemon butter, lemon on fish and lemon drinks for sore throats are some of the ways we enjoy our lemons. At 80 cents a lemon in the supermarket, we are saving a small fortune.
The raspberry bushes are almost at the end of it's picking season. Since early December we've picked over 4.5 kilos. All fruit has been frozen as picked and turned into delicious jam a few times a year. I also make a couple of batches of raspberry and white chocolate muffins for afternoon teas and snacks on the go. The cheapest raspberries to buy are $10 a kilo in the supermarket, so our bounty would retail for a minimum of $45. WINNING !!
The last of our potatoes will be dug up in a week or two. I'm hoping the latest crop will provide us with free potatoes for another six weeks. The last time I bought potatoes was mid December last year.
The $4 punnet of lettuce seedlings I planted a few months ago is still growing well. We've enjoyed many salads during the warm weather we had. Now that it's cooled, we like to add lettuce to our lunches of dry biscuits and tuna. Just another way to get nutrients from green vegetables.
In a months time I will be picking the first head of broccoli with more to follow shortly. I have many plants at various stages of growing. If all goes to plan I'll be blanching and freezing lots of broccoli with the hope of not having to buy any for a long time ( if at all ).
We have beautiful displays of vibrant chrysanthemums growing in our flower gardens. Not only are they enjoyed out in the garden. We pick punches of flowers to brighten up our home and to add a pop of color. We love to spread the joy around by taking punches of flowers to our daughter's homes when visiting.
The chicken have enjoyed many meals of weeds and old veggie plants. This in turn reduces the amount of chicken feed they eat.
|Our labours of 2020|
|Our chrysanthemum display|
|Enjoying flowers in the home|
|Darren is growing kale ( not for me )|
|Tiny broccoli seedling|
|Our bigger broccoli plants|
|Our lettuce patch|
|Lots of flowers|
|Just coming into bloom|
|Silverbeet for another meal|
|There are always lemons.|