Welcome back folks. Today I wanted to share with you a big project I’m currently working on and the steps I need to complete before I achieve it. The main goal is to build a veggie garden and while I’d love to say that’s the essence of the project I’m currently working on, the truth is that for the moment I’m just laboring: cutting, clearing, weeding and pulling. The notion of planting and edging the garden seems a lifetime away at this stage. I cannot believe how rapidly, in just a short period of time, things can grow here in the tropics. I live up in the jungle next to the National Park so the variety of life here is wonderful. I’m literally surrounded by a million different shades of green. It feels like paradise, but along with it comes a lot of effort.
The idea of building a veggie garden has been on the cards for a while, but it was only when the wife started clearing a bit of land at the back of the house this weekend that set the wheels in motion so to speak. I was working in the kitchen and heard a sudden squeak of delight from out the back. She came rushing down holding a huge stack of freshly pulled lemongrass that happened to be growing in abundance. I knew from that moment she’d be busy for the rest of the day. As of this moment there are now little pockets of cleared garden with shoots of lemongrass sticking out of the ground al dotted around the property.
The whole point of building a veggie garden is two-fold: firstly, as we live off the grid, growing our own food is another positive step in the self-sustaining lifestyle we’ve chosen. The other reason is that when we eventually open for business we want to appeal to the eco-tourism market. The very idea of having someone walk among the garden and pick out their own plump sumptuous vegetables and then cook them up specifically for them is, to us, a wonderful touch – as is juicing and blending up the freshest of fresh shakes and smoothies to offer our guests.
The Veggie Garden
Where to put it?
Obviously, choosing a nice even area that’s quite sizeable and has sufficient shade is the most ideal spot for veggie garden. There’s a lovely area down the hill a little away from the house, which I think will be perfect. Luckily, the land faces slightly northeast so we get good sun coverage in the mornings and at the hottest time of day (which here is between 10am – till 2pm) there is sufficient cover to prevent scorching.
Preparing the land
This is basically the stage we’re at now. The main land cutting has been done, it’s now a case of leveling it off and meticulously weeding the whole area – better to do it now than when things are in full bloom. Then we’ll add a small layer of mulch just to help keep the weeds at bay.
Fortunately, the availability of seeds here is plentiful. As we’re in the tropics, we’ll have to go without potatoes as it’s just not temperate enough, but what we can look forward to is, chillies, eggplant, morning glory, Chinese cabbage, long green beans, bok choy, spring onions, possibly tomatoes and a whole variety of Asian greens. I’ve also got a couple of huge avocado seeds that were brought over from a visiting friend. I’m not sure whether they’re of the hass variety or not, only that they’re Guatemalan.
All this shouldn’t take too long, maybe five or six days, and while planting is time consuming, it’s quite therapeutic. While that’s being taken care of, my next big consideration is the finishing. I need to choose a suitable edging for the perimeter of the garden, merely to separate the main garden from the veggie garden. There are as always a few options: I could box it in wood or bamboo, use rocks or buy a purpose built product.. The problem with wood here is that it’s so expensive, and prices are rising all the time. As for the rocks, there’s an availability issue, at least with the larger ones. Bamboo isn’t durable enough and the termites will feast on it three times a day. The only solution is to buy a durable, purpose-built used lawn edging product, which is available in black plastic which also doubles as a retainer and aluminium. I’m going to order the black as the colour will be more in-keeping with the rest of the property. Anyway, that’s all for now folks, thanks for reading. Until next time..
Hey everyone, welcome back to my home and garden blog. You might remember from a previous post that I do about 90% of my work at home. For some people this can be a terrible idea, as they have a very difficult time separating their work life from their home life. Sometimes I struggle with this as well, which is why I am now going to be setting up my home office. Here are a couple of the tips I am trying to keep in mind when setting up my home office. Read more
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Hello everyone. I hope you all had a great weekend! Today I would like to welcome you back to my home, house and garden blog. As you all know, summer time is cocktail time. What is better then laying on a sunny, lazy Sunday afternoon outside in your garden and enjoy a refreshing, cold drink.
Nowadays, for most people it is very convenient to have their own home bar. But where to get started and what equipment to buy? So here are my thoughts on how to built up your perfect home bar. Read more
Hi everyone! How are we all doing on this fine sunny spring day? I’ve been keeping myself busy learning all about the new kitchen appliances I mentioned in my latest blog post. My favourite appliance is obviously the Magic Bullet, and I’ve been raving about it ever since I tried it out. Read more
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The exact meaning of the words Feng Shui are wind and water but is better known as an ancient Chinese philosophy. Many people believe in the theory that making your living environment harmonized using Feng Shui brings your home good fortune. Others simply believe it makes their home more comfortable and relaxing. Read more
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Hi all and welcome back to my home and garden blog. I’ve recently redone my kitchen and one of the things I was really excited to buy a KitchenAid or a Kenwood K Mix. Seeing as we’d already spent a lot of money on the redesign and decoration of our new kitchen, we couldn’t afford to buy a brand new mixer, or the famed KitchenAid. Instead we had a look on my favourite second hand online classified ads website, www.forsale.co.za where I managed to scoop up the Kenwood K-Mix in Raspberry for an incredible price, and it came with some of the great attachments including the Spaghetti pasta cutter and the Flat Pasta Roller, although I have a feeling there’s still lots of attachments I would like to purchase! Read more
Hi folks, so Viv here again. So sorry for the lack of updates lately, but I’ve been madly gardening in the beautiful spring time, getting ready for summer. My sister and her two girls have recently moved into my neighbourhood and we have discovered that my garden is a mystical wonderland inhabited by many fairies, so we have created a little village of fairy cottages for them all to live. Thankfully there was a good supply of second-hand fairy cottages available online, so it has been a fun and cheap exercise. Read more
Welcome back folks. Today I wanted to share with you a big project I’m currently working on and the steps I need to complete before I achieve it. The main goal is to build a veggie garden and while I’d love to say that’s the essence of the project I’m currently working on, the truth is that for the moment I’m just laboring: cutting, clearing, weeding and pulling. The notion of planting and edging the garden seems a lifetime away at this stage. I cannot believe how rapidly, in just a short period of time, things can grow here in the tropics. I live up in the jungle next to the National Park so the variety of life here is wonderful. I’m literally surrounded by a million different shades of green. It feels like paradise, but along with it comes a lot of effort. Read more
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Hey there folks. I’ve been feeling a bit run down of late which is why I have been a bit quiet here on the blog. I have been burning the candles at both ends and not maintaining the healthiest of diets if I am being honest. So I have vowed to make sure that I get a good seven to eight hours uninterrupted sleep a night from now on and take better care of myself. I’m going to also address my diet and get on a bit of a health kick. I’m going to do this by going on a juice diet for a week or so. That is right! I am going to officially be known as a juicer! I am going to use this blog post as an opportunity to delve a little deeper into the world of juicers for sale and the benefits that it offers. Is it for everyone? Is it even as healthy as everybody says? Let’s do a little research and find out. Read more
I know this is a bit of a move away from the norm but I have already spoken about my new interest in coffee and after having a play with my friends new bespoke coffee machine I thought I would discuss espresso coffee. Now this really does involve a scientific mind and an artist’s touch! I’m not saying I have quite mastered those two things but practice makes perfect! Anyway, what makes the perfect espresso and how do you achieve it? An espresso coffee is a strong, short shot of coffee with a well-balanced flavour. It is knowing how to create this balance that really does create the perfect espresso. Read more
Hi there its Viv here again! Keeping very busy as usual! I always have time to write my blog posts though as it really is a great way to de-stress and organise all of my thoughts! It is really great reading all of your comments too, I have picked up a lot of great ideas and its lovely to know that people find my writing interesting. Read more
Hi there. Welcome back to my Blog. Hope you are all well! Life is pretty hectic at the moment but I am having a really great time. I told you recently that I was helping my friend set up a new café. Well I have really immersed myself into the role – I don’t think my friend was expecting me to do so much but she has been really thankful for my help and loves all of my design ideas. I am actually thinking about taking this up as a regular thing. I have a lot of friends in the area who are always looking for interior designers to help with design ideas for their homes and businesses so I think I would be able to find a fair bit of work. Word of mouth is obviously really important so if my friend is happy with everything I do (which she definitely seems to be so far) then I know this will get passed onto other people. Anyway, let’s see what happens…don’t want to run before I can walk! Read more
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Hey its Viv and I’m back for another chat. I’ve been a bit busy over the last week or so, so it’s been a while since the last time I got a post up. You know how it goes, another week goes by in the blink of an eye and you’re wondering where it went. I’d been doing trips backwards and forwards to my mother’s house as she hasn’t been well. I’ve been getting her shopping, cooking her food, there’s been trips to the hospital and all this whilst trying to fit in a job and some me time. Well things have thankfully calmed down a bit now. She’s back on her feet and feeling much, much, better so I’m back to just looking after myself. Read more
Hello everybody, this is Viv, welcome to my Arts blog. Happy to talk about any other hobbies, especially hobbies to do with collecting. I’ll be back in a short-while with the first subject of discussion so take care and I’ll see you very soon.