A Meaningful Garden - Strayed from the Table

Today's Meaningful Gardener is someone I am sure you have seen around the blogosphere, particularly if you are a gardener. Lizzie Moult blogs at Strayed From The Table about real food and practical living...although she's just shared some exciting news about expecting her second bub, and is taking a much deserved break from blogging - Congratulations Lizzie and Roy! While she might not be around her blog for the next little while, you can still catch her over on Instagram, @strayedtable

Lizzie is the founder of The Garden Share Collective, which is a monthly group of posts from bloggers and home gardeners across the world who share what has been happening in their gardens, sharing tips and support as well as beautiful photos for inspiration. I contacted Lizzie right back before I even started to blog to request to join, and have been sharing (usually every other month) ever since.

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The Garden Share Collective - August 2015

Welcome back to my Urban garden! This is my first GSC post since we moved off the farm and back into our city house. It's been, funnily enough, like coming home to get back out into my garden and check out what's lived and died over the last year and a half of having our house rented out. There were some casualties (camellias, lavender and jasmine, along with my potted lemon/lime) but overall, it's not been too bad. 

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The Garden Share Collective {May 2015}

The past month has been a super slow one on the garden front, for a few reasons. We've had alot cooler weather, meaning the zucchinis, tomatoes and other frost sensitive plants have mostly packed up for the winter (well, the tomatoes are still hanging on, but there's nothing to do with them except pick them as you need them!). The eggplants are still producing, as are the capsicums - but to be honest, the mice are getting them before we are, so we've started to pull a wheelbarrow load each day to toss to our pigs (who are loving it, of course!).

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The Garden Share Collective {April 2015}

We're in the tumbledown days of Autumn, for reals now. The zucchini and tomatoes are crawling, and the early cauliflower (Violet Sicilian, a pretty purple that turns green when cooked) planted a few weeks ago has started to set fruit. There are leaves falling and overnight temps dipping below 10 degrees and the sheep are looking fat with bellies full of lambs. The sunsets are unreal, something about this season, because they were the same last Autumn too. 

The late summer and early autumn bounty has been rad. There's some figs to think about preserving in syrup, just one precious jar I think, as well as several dozen bottles of whole tomatoes boiled and waiting. Zucchini, beans, corn and squash are all blanched and frozen. A box of pears for me to poach in some syrup too, and a bag of candy-striped beetroots for pickling, as well as more chillis to pick and turn to chilli jam (my first jar, while delicious, cooled to a toffee-like lump...boiled for too long! How do I resurrect it?). 

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The Garden Share Collective October 2013

So, I discovered a few years ago that I really loved to grow stuff. Actually it all started with a capsicum and a rosemary cutting I purchased from a little stall at the Sunday markets when we lived in a rental property in north west Victoria. A tenant before us had had a crack at growing some veggies, and we inherited one sad looking capsicum plant and a few dry herbs...the herbies didn't make it, but I brought that capsicum plant back from the brink and it pumped out beautiful capsicums until the frost got it in winter. Neither of us ate capsicum, but it didn't matter, I couldn't let that plant die. And being able to grow a whole rosemary bush from one little cutting, well, that felt like a massive achievement. 

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