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Looking out my window it's a real gloomy and dreary Monday BUT with the promise of rain for our new veggie garden and its little seedlings, we're welcoming this cloudy weather!


We have just come out of a dry winter and have been enjoying some spring showers but are looking forward to some decent rain as we fitted two rainwater tanks last week to catch all the rainwater coming from the roof!
We will be using this to water the garden and top up the pool during the dry winter months next year. We are sometimes faced with water restrictions here in South Africa as we lack sufficient water supplies, one of the reasons being climate change; the other no forward planning!

A friend of ours is supplying his own domestic water with his rainwater tanks, as he fitted a pump and a good filtration system, so they hardly ever use municipal water, which is great as that supply is often disrupted with burst pipes; on one occasion our supply was disrupted due to protest actions by municipal workers!

Water is vital for life; also for growing our veggies and fruit, not so!

Our little Strawberry patch was battling a bit during winter but is picking up now so hopefully we'll have luscious Strawberries like these. I made a simple coulis and served it with Coconut Yogurt and fresh Strawberries for a light dessert.

I've been growing my own herbs in a small patch just outside the kitchen door; what a pleasure being able to step outside as and when I need some fresh herbs. One really does not need a big piece of land to do this; I know of people who grow veggies on tiny balconies in high rise buildings in the middle of our cities! It is so satisfying having your own supply plus nothing compares to the taste of freshly picked crops.

Hubby really went to town and first planted the seeds in these cell trays to nurture the seedlings until they were strong enough to be planted in the open; needless to say only the best organic seeds were sourced.
Planted out and not long thereafter the first Pea pods made their appearance.
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Tiny little beans are also forming.

I had to remove my old Rosemary bush that's given me a constant supply, but it got old and weary! I now have a brand new little Rosemary that I hope is going to be as faithful and bountiful as the old one!

Rosemary is excellent with Potato Wedges.

A friend gave me a couple of beautiful frilly Lettuce seedlings a couple of years ago, and I've had a constant supply ever since then as I always let one or two plants go to seed. Lovely in salads and for garnishing.


Nothing like a cup of Chamomile tea to calm frayed nerves and to ensure a good night's sleep at bedtime.
We're growing Chamomile but need many more flowers to have a constant supply!
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You must be thinking I'd forgotten all about the lonely potatoes in the first image, but I certainly have not!
I'll first show you just how ugly these poor critters look before they're planted and how hubby put our old swimming pool pump to good use.
Pump was cut in half, a couple of holes drilled in base and sunken into the ground, no moles can get to them now! We hope to have healthy looking potatoes like this specimen one of these days.

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1 kg potatoes (soft cookers or suitable for baking)
Mix together:

  • 1 Tbs Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried Rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 100 ml Olive Oil or melted Vegan Butter

Cut a slice off one end of potato so it can stand upright.

Make vertical slits in potato, but not all the way through; arrange in ovenproof dish.

Mix dry ingredients with oil or vegan Butter, pour over potatoes.

Bake for approx 1 hour at 180C, basting potatoes occasionally.

Press sides to open up the slits to form fans.

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A sincere thank you to the creator of #fruitsandveggiesmonday, @lenasveganliving for initiating this tag, for the wonderful inspiration coming from her kitchen and for the kind feedback each week!
A massive shout-out to that wonderfully talented artist @barbara-orenya for our gorgeous wonkies awards!
Thank you one and all for giving us this opportunity!
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Thank you @galtsund!

I see someone knows a lot of songs Lol.
So good to see you again Lady Lizelle and the veggie gardens look great.
First bit of early morning sun that we are seeing for a while after the heavy rains over here.
Guess who's going to be eating Hasselback potatoes?
Love your new water system.

  ·  12 days ago (edited)

Thank you @papilloncharity it is great seeing you too! Some of our young friends won't even know those are song titles not so ;)

Hahaha, you certainly have got that right Lady Lizelle.
I think that you could write the lyrics of an old song and they would be happy if you call it a poem Lol.

Hello my Dear Lizelle, I enjoyed so much reading about your lovely garden. Altough, sorry about the water issues, but it seems you have it under control now. What a great Eco friendly idea! I will send you some rain from Canada, we have lots, lol.

Besides, those roasted Hasselback potato are absolutely to die for including that yummy strawberry yogurt and chamomile tea. I love it all 🍓😍🌿

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  ·  12 days ago (edited)

Hi Lena sorry I'm only responding now but had friends staying over. Wish you could send us some of your water;) We had some nice rain last night so our tanks are slowly filling up! Thank you for your kind comments.

No need to apologize Lizele! I am glad you getting some rain, maybe it came from here, because we are having lots, lol. You are always welcome my Dear 😍

I love these potatoes yummy

You have such a beautiful garden, Lizelle - I fancy organic, edible plants over any empty stretch of grass. Especially your herb collection makes me want to get a house and build my own garden right away. 😁

You can try and start off with a small herb collection in your windowsill, I know we are blessed here with having so much outdoor space! Thanks for popping in @rawadventuress:)

Right now, we are still hopping from one place to the next. But as soon as we are settled for a while, I'd love to arrange little herb gardens and such in my kitchen. 🙌

what a wonderful post!
I tried to grow some vegetables in pots
but this Amazonian climate is very rough for these species
suns and heavy rains at the same time, nursery land that I suspect is not adequate, pests do their job there.
You have a treasure at home.

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Thank you so very much @samic, gosh you live in the Amazon, how fascinating! We also have a problem with the pests!

What a fabulous fruit and veggie filled post today @lizelle :) Its so exciting to see everything you are growing now that spring has arrived in South Africa! I'm sure you're looking forward to lots of goodies. Brilliant idea to bury those tins for the potato plants, love it....awesome recipe for those yummy potatoes!

  ·  12 days ago (edited)

So nice seeing you my friend, sure you had a great family time! We're really excited about the prospect of our own veggies this summer! Thanks for popping in:)

Fresh out the garden one cannot beat for flavour, love those potatoes always a great dish to serve at any occasion @lizelle thanks for sharing your garden.

For sure, long periods of refrigerating spoils the flavour! Those are my favourite potatoes;)
Thank you for your feedback Joan:)

CONGRATULATIONS to your WONKIE AWARD Dear Lizelle and to your big upvote, Well deserved 😍
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There is nothing more delicious and gratifying than one's own vegetables. You've just put in tanks, and we've just drilled a borehole. I also can't wait to get the water on to our ground and start growing again. After three years of living in a dustbowl, it can't come quickly enough!

Hassleback potatoes - a favourite in our house - and so versatile because you can change the flavour profile to suit your dish.

Potatoes are my undoing... LOL. Have you ever tried to grow them in old car tires? It's so easy and they thrive. As the plants gow you can add another tire and more compost, and the plant keeps producing whilst being protected.

Why am I suddenly thinking about roast potatoes with rosemary? YUM!

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Potatoes and rosemary... marriage made in heaven!!! We need to get tanks. We are on town water but if drought hits again it will be a problem. We just put in solar panels so we will have to save again. Year after next maybe. Great to see things growing well. Will do my garden journal today.

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  ·  13 days ago (edited)

Solar panels are on our wishlist too, saving for that as we also have an energy crisis here! Thanks for popping in @riverflows:)

Potato recipe process also include ..thanks .

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A pleasure, thanks for stopping by:)