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I have a little garden in Rozelle about 5km from the centre of Sydney. I love to grow as much organic food as I can in a tiny space. The garden calms and excites me, and is a wonderful little green space in a big city. This blog is a record plotting the changes over seasons and years.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Best green smoothie

It was only a matter of time until I was bitten by the green smoothie bug. I resisted. I really did. There were a few motivating factors, but one of the biggest is that my garden is packed with leafy greens. And I hate seeing them go to waste.

I have tried a crazy number of smoothie recipes. Most of them are pretty gross. The idea of blending greens with water and throwing in some seeds, doesn't appeal. I started experimenting, and also found some great websites with yummy smoothies. So folks, here is my favourite green smoothie. It is a bit more indulgent than some of my others, but is delicious.

This makes approx 750ml.

Put 1 cup of pineapple juice, juice of 2 lemons & 1 cup of light coconut milk in a blender. As you can see, I have become adequately addicted to green smoothies to warrant a significant investment in the Vitamix.
Add 1 tightly packed cup of kale and 1 tightly packed cup of mint.
Blend until completely smooth

Add 2 apples or pears (frozen into pieces), 1 cup of frozen pineapple pieces, and 1/4 cup chopped macadamias. Blend until smooth.
Enjoy! This will keep in the fridge for 2 days.



Friday, November 7, 2014

Flower power

Mostly growing edibles means that I sometimes forget how wonderful flowers are. They attract bees and other insects, and most of all are lovely. This afternoon I wandered around my tiny patch and took a few photos of the flowers I have growing. Nothing you will see here will be incredible or unusual....just pretty little patches amongst my edibles. I am keen to add more bee attracting flowers, and am very open to ideas.
Eggplant

Not sure - does anyone know what this is?

Cucumber

Lavender. I've tried to add a few lavender plants as they are great bee attracting flowers.
Macadamia flowers - first time the tree has flowered!

Kale flowers

Kale....just about to flower

My favourite - a new addition. Chocolate cosmos. I hope that it does well because it is so beautiful.

African Marigolds. I don't adore these to be honest, but they self seeded and are adding a bright patch to an otherwise dull part of the garden bed.


This Star Jasmine was just uncovered when I removed the rosemary hedge. It had survived for years amongst the overgrown, woody shrubs. Although it is quite common, I love it.

Lemon Thyme flowers. Look pretty and taste great.

African Daisy

Alyssum

My favourite type of Nasturtium

The Cosmos (again)

First tomato flower of the season

Garlic chives

The surprisingly lovely flower of Thai Basil