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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A Meaningful Garden - Sophie Isobel Asher

Welcome to a very special post in the A Meaningful Garden series. When I had the idea for this series, I wanted to explore the idea that there was a vast variety of reasons WHY other greenthumbs were drawn to tending a garden. All the wonderful gardeners featured in the series so far have shown amazing diversity in their motivations and gardens a-like. The common thread that has emerged is that there is a connection to the garden that runs far deeper than a simple  grow, pick, eat relationship. Today's post speaks to the idea that gardens can be places of healing (a concept I plan to dive much deeper into later in the year in a special project I have brewing). 

Sophie Isobel Asher (you may know her from the wonderful blog of the same name, relaunched this week after many years as Her Library Adventures, and her gorgeous jewellery and homeware label Wilde Asher) is our Guest Gardener this week - and has written so beautifully about her experience of finding and nurturing a connection to Earth, a connection I hope everyone has the joy of experiencing. 

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Green Thumb - How to No-Dig a Veggie Patch

Earlier this year, I travelled down to Tasmania, to the beautiful city of Hobart, to spend 2 weeks immersed in all things Permaculture. If you've not heard of Permaculture (it's abit of a buzz word at the moment in sustainability circles), it's basically a style of living that focuses on looking after the environment and people in equal parts - the word is derived from 'permanent agriculture', and promotes looking at things like food production and housing from the point of view of mimicking the systems in nature, with the idea that nature can organise itself much more seamlessly and in balance than us humans can. Personally, everything I learnt just seemed like common sense - go with nature, work with the natural progression of things, and it will all be so much more productive and easy. I LOVED it.

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