It feels so good to take a bowl or basket out to the garden and pick something fresh to eat, knowing it has grown naturally, without the use of anything chemical or nasty. The fact that there are a few snails and caterpillars, feasting on my produce only assures me that it is healthy! They know what to eat to grow big and strong. Something full of sprays keeps the bugs away.
This little frog living amongst the young Yucca plants in the shade house lets me know that the environment in there is healthy and life supporting too!
With it being a hot, dry spring day here in Queensland, I felt like a nice fresh salad for lunch. It didn’t take long to picked a couple of carrots, some radish, garlic chives, fennel, ceylon spinach, mustard lettuce, red lettuce, cos lettuce, endive, rocket, nasturtium leaves, and some tomatoes from my garden.
With the lettuces, rocket, nasturtium, fennel and garlic chives, I just pick off the leaves I want to use and leave it to grow more ready for the next picking. This way I can harvest over a few weeks to a few months before the plant needs replacing.
With plants like spring onions, coriander, rocket, radish and various others, I let a plant go to seed naturally where they are, so new plants keep coming up through the natural selection of the strongest seeds germinating when the conditions are right. The tomatoes seed from the few tomatoes that get over ripe before I pick them, and end up in the garden. Any diseased fruit or plant gets disposed of, of course, so as not to spread disease or weak plants. With the purple climbing bean, I let one or maybe two bean pods grow past the tender, juicy stage for eating and when the outside of the bean casing starts to dry up a bit I pick the beans out and plant them, so they will grow up and replace the parent plant that is probably getting a bit tired by then. This keeps beans continually on the menu.
I am what can be termed a lazy gardener, although I prefer to call it simple, natural and for me, sustainable gardening. I let Nature and the plants do most of the work. It works OK for me, and isn’t labour intensive. I can spend as little or as much time as I choose in the garden and still reap the benefits.
Do you grow food Naturally in pots or in the ground?