We've harvested the last of our volunteer pumpkins and they sure were pretty! Funny story how these came to be ~ each year after Halloween, friends and family drop off uncarved pumpkins for the chickens and alpacas. As you can imagine, we normally get a fairly nice haul of gifted pumpkins! 🎃🎃🎃 Raw pumpkin seeds are rumored to have natural anti-parasitic qualities which is great for the chickens. 🐔🐔🐤 Whether or not that's accurate remains to be seen, but they sure do chow down and the alpaca's take a nibble here and there as well. A few years back we composted a couple pumpkins that were too far gone for the animals, and the rest is history! Now, we get volunteer pumpkin plants where the old compost pile used to be ~ miniature pumpkins, ornamental pumpkins, you name it. We never know what variety is going to do well from year to year, so it's always a delightful surprise! 🌿🎃🍃
What delightful surprise have you had recently? Was it a surprise visit? And unexpected windfall? A random act of kindness that came your way? Do tell! 🙂
Anyone else have mini roses?! 😍 I dont have and idea why I couldnt pass them up. Here's a random fact about me I LOVE anything mini - my most favorite is finding mini condiment bottles. No clue why but I'll always buy mini over regular even if I have to pay more in the long run it's always worth it to have a mini version.
Funny story on this fine Friday morning ... so my husband had a wish notification go off the other night. I was laughing and asked why he has the wish app to begin with. His reply was he bough me my Christmas present from there. He was sooo proud he only had to pay for shipping. I asked are you sure itll be here by Christmas? Cause most of us know how wish shipping works ( I'm not saying how much he paid cause price doesn't matter but he didnt not score free shipping I will say that lol) .... he came out and said well that will be actually be a birthday present (it wont be here till the middle of January 😂) - I couldnt help but laugh and think how much we start rubbing off on each other ... anyone else rubbing off on their significant other? 💖 #glitterinthegarden
Twiggy is ready to run into the weekend.. or stealing tomatoes out of the garden for her & Basil 🐶🍅🐕
I'm not one who works for the weekend but I do look forward to spending quality time with Kyla & family (including the puppers). And yet we are looking forward to a much-deserved, long Christmas break 🎁🎅 Kyla & I have been working super hard this year. We were both promoted to merchandising roles in our companies and haven't taken a vacation this year due to expenses like buying a new washer & dryer, breaking my foot, and just trying to save up money and live practically 💸💰 We have almost 2 full weeks off and plan on getting out of town for a couple days at least - wonder where we'll end up? 🤔
The marigolds are flowering and brightening up my garden 💛🧡❤️ None of the marigold seeds I planted germinated in the end so luckily I bought these lovely little seedlings from Bunnings. I’m hoping they will self-seed throughout the garden and I won’t have to buy marigolds or germinate any seeds again!! 😂
To say I only planted 4 seeds at the start of the year, I was super impressed that all the seeds germinated and grew into huge plants 😊
I’d say my courgettes have been one of the most productive plants on the allotment (as you can see from the many photos). I was literally running out of recipes to use them up! But me and my family have made very successful stir frys, pasta bakes, stuffed courgettes... They tasted amazing and we still have some stored in the freezer *I pre-diced and sliced these, before open freezing on a baking tray and then transferring to a freezer bag*
The only issue I encountered this year was some powdery mildew (the white powdery substance that clings to the leaves, see before and after photo of pruning). This can be due to poor air circulation and I think because I had 4 very large plants growing in a small space, that was our issue. If you ever suffer this problem, you can cut off some of the effected leaves. The plant will recover however it does seem to lower your productivity rate once you’ve got mildew.
I’ve decided next year i’ll manage with two courgettes plants as opposed to four and probably grow something else in the space. Because courgette keep coming and the more you pick, the more seem to grow back. I think two will be plenty for us, going forward 👍🏼