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THE first zucchinis have been plucked from bushes and along with the first zucchinis, the first of the tomatoes. I never ever buy tomato...



THE first zucchinis have been plucked from bushes and along with the first zucchinis, the first of the tomatoes.

I never ever buy tomato plants, they just sprout from the spots I’ve had the compost bin. There are large red toms on, cherry toms and the yellow pear-shaped toms that we inherited when we bought the house. They do the best, rewarding us with a bumper crop most years.

The garden is also sprouting plenty of rocket and basil – perfect for pesto – and there’s a couple of eggplant on.

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20 comments

  1. Our first tommies aren't quite ready yet (shows you the different climates we both live in) but are getting bigger by the day.

    Lucky for you to have those yellow toms. They're cute!

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  2. Lovely! We bought 3 plants and about 15 have sprouted from the compost. It's very exciting as we have no idea what wer are getting! Minnie and I head out each afternoon to see what is ready. She is the cherry tom eating world champion, which is good as she eats nothing else...

    Our cucumbers are good but the capsicums are dying on the plant. And I didn't do zuc's this year as last year ours all went mouldy. Our local farmer told me to wait until February so I may take his advice this year. Until then, he is keeping us in zuc's and beans and the sweetest corn! I am not sure if you come this way but he is just down the road past Palmdale off the old Pacific Highway en route to Tuggerah. His beans are 2.00 a kg as are almost all is veg. Minnie does eat his corn and the occasional bean - this is a good thing!

    And thank you for your sweet comments about our baby - kicking around as I type.

    xxx

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  3. what a gorgeous bounty! and the yellow ones ~ divine
    we're enjoying the same thing {we planted ours but the chickens are growing their own tomato plant! clever girls!} but having the same problem with capsicums as Rach. The heat's knocking things around but the basil is plentiful. Bruschetta and pesto!

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  4. Lovely and they taste so much better from the garden. How clever of you to sprout them from the compost!

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  5. oh you are amazing just like your veggies - you should see how embarrassing my veggie patch is at the mo - like some kind of mutant weed festival - will have to post a photo you will laugh! HNY lovely - must get onto that Q&A you sent me eons ago xxxx

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  6. i absolutely adore freshly grown vegetables! my parents also have large tomato plants sprouting from their compost bins? i still don't know why?

    and pesto is one of my all time favorites. delicious :)

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  7. lovely!
    we picked a few of our zucchinis & made yummy vegetarian pizza..mmm
    Enjoy.

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  8. am so jealous! i need a fool proof guide to ward against bugs/elements etc oh! and how much do you have to water them - could you do a 'how to grow yer own tomatoes/salad' 10 basic steps zine??!! or am i a bit silly?

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  9. mmmm nothing beats homegrown tomatoes.

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  10. How wonderful to have a garden to grow your own vegetables. Zucchinis are my favorite, if we ever have a yard big enough for a garden they're the first thing I want to grow :)

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  11. the vegetables are gorgeous! congrats on a successful garden.

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  12. just did order some seeds for the garden

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  13. yummo nothing beats veggies from your own garden : )

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  14. Oh pesto is one of my favorite things in the world.
    Your tomatoes are just adorable.

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  15. Nyummmmmm! I bet your tomatoes taste like real tomatoes, Katie! Very very envious! xx

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  16. everything looks so great - i have a huge basil bush, fresh homemade pesto is SO good! i did a post about it ages ago
    http://anastasiac.blogspot.com/2007/12/rummaging-and-blending.html

    with our house hunting, we hope to stay in the same neighbourhood, the market is so slow, there is nothing out there ...sigh!...hoping it picks up this year
    ...

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  17. Ohhh, 42 degrees is sending our garden to a bad place! The only thing flourishing is our thornless seedless blackberries = if it wasn't too hot to make jam I would as it is I just have to sit with my 3 year old and gorge!

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  18. So lovely to be able to grow your own vegetables...

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  19. Sweet veggies! I grew up with a backyard garden overflowing with carrots, zuchs, strawberries and grapes. Loads of grapes.

    Mouth watering pictures. Enjoy your bounty.

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