Monday, 26 June 2017

Turmeric Sensations

This past week has seen my life consumed by turmeric. Sunday a week ago I harvested my bountiful crop. Digging up rhizome by rhizome, shaking, dusting and sorting. I dutifully picked the roots from the mother, separated the fingers and washed them all thoroughly. Time to weigh in..... just over 5kg!

Now what to do with it all. I put it out there to my local friends via Facebook and the response was overwhelming. I was put to work sorting bags of goodness in 3 different ways. First the fingers of fresh turmeric went to 10 homes. Then with some turmeric saved in the freezer, some fresh mothers and some extra ingredients I made Golden Milk paste to be enjoyed as a tea/latte, this glorious concoction going to 9 homes. Finally with the rest of my fresh turmeric I made powder. Sweating then dehydrating over a couple of days before whizzing up to a glorious powder with this baby going to 12 homes! I think its fair to say that there is a fair share to turmeric goodness getting around town at the moment. 

There was a keen line up of people that missed out, so next season I hope to plant double. I wonder if that will be enough??? I was on a high all week harvesting, concocting and spreading this gloriously healthy and natural produce from my very own garden. The reward is priceless. Thank you to the locals (and interest from afar) who shared in this magic.

My wee little turmeric patch.

Splendid turmeric fingers.

Jars of homemade Golden Milk paste.

Golden Milk latte or tea.

My favourite -, turmeric powder.

Friday, 16 June 2017


It might be a little colder around most places, but its still going off here. In fact I think my garden is performing better than spring or the 'growing' season. Besides the excess rain we have had for the last week everything is flourishing here and so I thought today I would do a quick 'stocktake' of whats going on in my garden of glory!

At the moment I have, not mentioning the non edible versions of gorgeous plants I also have....

  • Paw Paw and Papaya
  • Fig
  • Chilli - 4 different types
  • Nasturtium, Calendula, Evening Primrose
  • Sweet potato
  • Strawberry
  • Roma, Yellow Cherry, Red Cherry, Tommy Toe Tomato
  • Dragon fruit
  • Gooseberry
  • Bay Tree
  • Lemon grass
  • Rainbow Chard and Perpetual Spinach
  • Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts
  • Eggplant
  • Kohlrabi
  • Ginger, Turmeric, Galangal and Horseradish
  • Kale
  • Cavendish Banana
  • Lemon, Lime and Kaffir Lime
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberry, Blueberry, Boysenberry
  • Garlic, Onions and Shallots or Spring Onion
  • Capsicum - 4 types
  • Lima Beans, Green Beans, Snow Pea and Pea
  • Radish
  • Chives and garlic chives
  • Red and White Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Coriander, Sage, Mint, Vietnamese Mint, Lemon Balm, Flat and Curly Leaf Parsley
  • Wild Rocket
  • Choko
  • Celery 
  • Fennel
  • Pidgeon Pea and Comfrey
And I think that's about it. Might have missed one of two, but I think that's enough to keep one occupied! What's in your stocktake?

Just a few of the sweet potato to surprise me.

More sweet potato to come.

Mini cauliflower.

Just one of the lovely capsicums around the garden.

Roma Tomatoes sharing a home among the sweet potato.

Planted as a broccoli, but looks a little different.

Lots of tomato flowers.


Baby Brussel Sprouts coming on.

Cabbage and Snail bites.

Love Nasturtium Flowers.

Purple Carpet Allysum.

A couple of carrots.

Horseradish, but not too happy, think I might move it.

Jack be Little Pumpkins
Purple cabbage.....

And attacked purple cabbage :(

Fennel and Shallots.

Gooseberry gone crazy, I had to tie it up.

Snow Peas and flowers.


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