Connecting to Earth~Grow your Own

Caterpillar loveHonour the sacred.
Honour the Earth, our Mother.
Honour the Elders.
Honour all with whom we share the Earth:-
Four-legged, two-legged, winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers, plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.
~ Native American Elder ~

Just where have the last few days flown too? These last few days seem to have been hectic with my day job, harvesting, and granny sitting which I just love.  Above you can see how my little granddaughter not yet 3 loves to interact with nature… I am trying to teach her not to be afraid of the creepy crawlies and she had this little fellow crawling up over her arms for over 20 mins as she helped us in the allotments…The caterpillar got safely put back in the grass as she gently lifted him, and now knows that caterpillars poo too Smile as she discovered Open-mouthed smile

I seem to have discovered my love of cooking all over again too, and even Hubby who is usually the head cook, has opened his eyes wide at my new found urge to bake more often.. Maybe its the changes in energies as my creative mood seems to have had another boost… So  I will share a couple of recipes with you later in the post.

Ok so remember those Lovely butterflies we have had over Summer?

Peacock

Peacock Butterfly in our Garden

well we also have had our share of the caterpillars and while some in the allotments have sprayed chemicals to get rid of them, we do not use anything like that so its been a case of share and share alike!.

Devoured by Caterpillars

Devoured by Caterpillars

Remember this when I showed you the lattice leaves on the Brussels sprouts ?

Caterpillar Heaven. Herbert the scare-crow, couldn't scare the caterpillar's :-)   The sprouts are just visible below

Caterpillar Heaven. Herbert the scare-crow, couldn’t scare the caterpillar’s 🙂 The sprouts are just visible below

Well my hubby set two and stripped off the leaves which were covered in our little friends and then I went and did the same along the cabbage row.

The potatoes are now all dug up, we had  around 10 rows, and some are still drying out in the shed awaiting to be sorted, but we should have around 8 large sacks full.. These sacks hold up to 25kl and have only been filled half way or we would not be able to lift them ..

Potatoes Drying

Potatoes Drying

5 sacks of potatoes, onions and Apples in store

5 sacks of potatoes, onions and Apples in store

Yesterday we gathered the last of the sweetcorn in, and that is now all safely frozen. we cleared weeds and hoed where the onions were and potatoes were harvested from

Below you can see the sweetcorn patch along with the Leeks and spring onions we set between them. 

Harvest clearance ... Click for more info

Harvest clearance … Sweet corn Patch and leeks in background- Beets in foreground 

 

Blackberries

We are lucky in the fact that we have some wonderful Blackberry brambles around the back of our Allotment shed and have had an abundance of Berries we have picked this year.. In fact upon my travels I have seen many brambles in hedgerows, but would not fancy picking them from the roadside with all of those exhaust fumes which are deposited upon them.

Preserving in air-tight Jars

So I made a wonderful Blackberry and Apple Chutney, the recipe you can find HERE. as I added it to my recipe pages you can find on the top bar under Home Cooked Recipes

Potato and Beetroot Gratin

Then as we have had an abundance of Beetroot my daughter has been adding them to her smoothies and I tried out the Potato and Beetroot gratin which I had never tried before, and we loved it, and I will be making it again..  You can find this recipe HERE upon my Recipe Page.

On the home front in the green house the tomatoes are coming along now nicely as they are ripening, so that green chutney may not be needed. 

Green house Tomatoes

Green house Tomatoes

Ripening Tomatoes

Ripening Tomatoes

I may be quiet again for a time as another busy couple of days coming up again.. I hope you give those recipes a try I was amazed how easy they were to make and they both add that little extra something special to a meal.

Until next time take care and be good to each other..Oh and I am still wading thought the back log of all of your posts 

~Sue~

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  1. reikiheidi
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 17:52:00

    How beautiful your connection to Nature 🙂 xx

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  2. starproms
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 17:57:42

    You have a very productive allotment and all your produce looks wonderful. Working on an allotment certainly keeps us in touch with the changing seasons, doesn’t it!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 27, 2013 @ 19:16:38

      Hi Oma, yes I agree we are aware of the changing seasons as we grow our own… We are already thinking of next years crops as we collect and dry seeds 🙂 Wishing you and yours a relaxing weekend xxx

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  3. ruchira
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 18:27:06

    Aah so serene!
    I loved your harvest, Sue.

    I am going to try out your chutney recipe cause have quite a few green apples growing and dunno what to make of it.

    have a pleasant Wednesday 🙂

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  4. prenin
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 18:45:01

    Mmmm… Fond memories!!! 🙂

    my grandparents has a farm and gran’s kitchen garden was 1/4 of an acre and kept them fed all year round!!! 🙂

    I have fond memories of working with gran in the garden and one bad memory of spearing my foot with a hay fork I had been given to dig over the garden!!! 😦

    Still: For most of the time it was enjoyable and I miss it… 🙂

    Love and hugs to you and yours – little one will be a fine gardener!!! 🙂

    Prenin.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 27, 2013 @ 19:11:43

      Awww I am so pleased this brought back fond memories of your grandparents, I remember you telling me about the accident with the fork! ouch! And I will be around to catch up with you next week, Im working over the weekend and have limited time here at the moment.. But sending you a BIG Hug…. Sue xoxo

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  5. marina kanavaki
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 19:39:32

    Oh, my dear Sue what a crop!!!
    I can tell you that whenever we do get a house with a garden, yours is the first place I’ll look for advice!!
    Enjoy every minute my dear friend! 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 27, 2013 @ 19:09:11

      Hi Marina, now that was a beautiful compliment, Thank you 🙂 I do enjoy every minute, in fact last evening after a hectic day it was the first place I went to get grounded again, 🙂 xox love back and enjoy your weekend Sue xxx

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  6. oxherder
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 19:48:44

    This is wonderful!

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  7. Eddie Two Hawks
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 20:40:09

    What a delicious looking mouth watering harvest! the fruits of your labors; to be enjoyed all winter long! It is wonderful Dreamwalker to hear about your garden. You and your husband put much work and time into it and continue to do so. But your many efforts are paying off. It’s a good feeling too! sending love and light, Eddie
    p.s. great photos!

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  8. Alex Jones
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 21:18:38

    Wow, what an abundance of grown food, you have a gift for growing things. It is great to read a child starting young in being introduced to nature.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 27, 2013 @ 19:03:16

      Thank you Alex, yes our granddaughter is rather special but then so says every Gran.. 🙂 but I am trying not teach her that insects are not to be feared… and so far she is curious enough to be inquisitive and to say she is not yet 3 has a great understanding of Nature which I hope carries her through her growing years ..

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  9. marja
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 10:24:04

    Oh what a gorgeous little granddaughter you have and how great to get her attached to nature. Yes we love our garden and we have blackberries, potatoes, tomatoes etc too :0) Love it But our still have a bit of growing to do as spring just started although we already had lettuce from our garden.
    Sending you lots of love and light from NZ

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 27, 2013 @ 19:00:29

      I am so pleased Marja you enjoy so many home grown produce, I forget how our seasons are at opposite ends wishing you a productive growing season… Love and light back my friend xoxo Sue

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  10. giselzitrone
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 11:30:18

    Hallo liebe Sue was für eine schöne Ernte,ist immer schön wenn man etwas hat ich habe auch viele Marmelade eingemacht.Bin gestern erst vom Urlaub zurück.Grüße und Freundschaft.Gislinde

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  11. Anna Maria
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 11:47:34

    Very interesting blog. An FB friend just sent me a link to you thinking I might be interested and I definitely am! I have blackberry brambles as well – they grow like mad and have big thorns, but the fruits are tiny and mostly dry – never juicy. I wonder if it’s just the variety, or our rather dry climate, or if there’s something I could do, because it would be great to get some wild organic berries, since the local stores have none (small town in souther Italy).

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 27, 2013 @ 18:47:56

      Hello Anna, so nice that you dropped in to comment and as to your question it may well be the dry climate.. however if your brambles start to send out crawlers why not try to train them to take root in some compost and then transfer to some more richer soil, we also cut them back last year which seem to have yielded a Bigger crop this year… Good luck and why not try raspberries too, 🙂 Many thanks for taking the time to comment
      Blessings Sue 🙂

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  12. dreamingthruthetwilight
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 16:44:43

    I so loved this post . I so love gardening, but unfortunately I’m living in a rented house now which does not have any land around it. What’s an allotment, by the way? In my mother’s house , where my sister stays with her family, the homestead is green with the veggies that my sis grows and I so love to just go out and pluck something for preparing some dish for lunch or dinner. Someday, I have promised myself, I will live in a house which has a bit of land around it and I will spend hours sowing seeds and watching saplings grow and water them and may be talk and sing to them. I used to keep about a hundred potted plants on the terrace of the house we lived in earlier. Oh! it was such joy to come back from work in the evenings, have a cup of tea and then spend time with my plants. Weekends were such fun too.

    These days , I too am granny-sitting . My daughter is working and will resume soon after her maternity leave. I’ve now come down from Delhi to Bangalore and taken up a place close to where she stays so that I can look after the little kiddo. I too take my nine-month year old grandson for walks in the lane outside . he can already recognise butterflies and dogs and cows in pics because he sees them daily in real. Kids are naturally attuned to nature , I feel. It is we adults who stunt the connection.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 27, 2013 @ 13:54:01

      You are right Nadira we adults complicate a childs life and stunt their natural abilities as we swamp them with our technological world… They no longer are being brought up to appreciate nature or interact within it.. I am pleased your little one is learning from his Granny what is important … In the Native American Indian ways of ancient times it was the Elders who brought up the little ones, and I so see why… 🙂

      To answer your question on what is an allotment? An allotment is a plot of land specifically put aside in a community for the purpose of growing vegetables… I would say upon our plot there must be over 150 allotment holders who rent their small plots with a fee each year, Each plot one is around the same size as ours. And you are permitted to grow veggies and keep hens on there.
      Yesterday I came home from a 7and half hour shift and just needed to take my mind and ground it with the earth.. So I went straight to the allotments with my hubby after I’d had a drink to do more weeding…. It helps take the stress away from a gruelling day of dealing with others emotions…. So I can see why you remember and love the garden and land so much xx

      lovely to see you here and loved you enjoyed this post Nadira…. Hugs Sue xox

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  13. lavendermoongirlblog
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 20:35:59

    Sue, you are truly amazing! We’ve been very busy collecting sloes, crabs, cooking apples, rowan, haws and damsons: it’s been so much fun picking fruit in the sunshine! I look forward to trying your recipes. 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 27, 2013 @ 13:44:00

      Bless you Lavender girl, I hope you have as much fun as I did creating some delicious things out of your berries and apples.. I can see some tasty jams, and jellies and maybe some Sloe-Gin??? … There is a recipe for that too I think, but I can not abide Gin! 🙂 Take care

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  14. shreejacob
    Sep 27, 2013 @ 06:37:09

    Ah….love reading about your activities. Now if only there were no flying insects (I know, I know…but a girl can dream 😉 )…I know I’d enjoy it too!!
    Take care Sue..and see you around! 😀

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  15. Valentine Logar
    Sep 27, 2013 @ 16:11:09

    One of these days, these fabulous days I will dig my hands back into dirt and grow something. Until then I will settle for my wonderful farmers markets and the fresh foods they bring. Last week it was Heritage Tomatos for a fabulous Tomato Pie!

    I am always so grateful to visit here Sue, you bring a sense of wellness and peace that is so very much needed. Thank you.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 27, 2013 @ 18:54:16

      Thank you Val and I can not fault the Farmers Market and have bought produce from such places myself, and you don’t have to Dig your hands into some dirt,:-) how about growing something on your window ledge 🙂 even if its only Cress! 😉 enjoy your weekend Val.. Hugs Sue and thank you for the wonderful compliment xxx

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  16. natswans
    Sep 27, 2013 @ 17:56:06

    Wow what wonderful crop Sue , you have both been rewarded by all your hard work..lovely little granddaughter good to see her enjoying the garden and little creatures so early on. Actually not keen on beetroot, but I have been looking for a way to make it more tasty, Sue. Nothing quite beats home grown sweetcorn , so very sweet , lovely. I hope you enjoy all your Delish Vegs.
    Have a lovely Weekend , what ever you are doing hugs
    Sheila xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 27, 2013 @ 18:51:22

      Thank you Sheila, beetroot has so many good properties, and homegrown sweetcorn is delicious as you say very sweet and juicy I am working all weekend but I will enjoy just the same so thank you again Sheila.. Take care and have a lovely one yourself Sue xxx ..

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  17. Renee Espriu
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 21:42:22

    Love tomatoes. I will pretend you’ve sent me some long distance. LOL. Looks like your granddaughter is having a wonderful time.

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  18. Lizzie Bellotto
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 21:40:42

    awww great vibes and harvest from your connection with Mother Earth!!!
    Amazing production and care!!! I love the pics, a truly beautiful plot with so much love and happy vibes:)
    Well that reminds me that we are a bit behind with things down here LOL
    Luckily weather got warmer so we may get more juicy things before the col sets in…
    have a great week!!
    hugs
    Lizzie xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 03, 2013 @ 20:46:41

      Lizzie, thank you, good to have your vibes left here too upon my post..I hope things in your neck of the woods have enjoyed the warmer weather, The soil here did need a drink,, but when it rains, it RAINS…. Hope your week was good too 🙂

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  19. lorrena
    Sep 29, 2013 @ 23:44:36

    I see as we do ,you show your little grandgirl the truth.The sacred geometry of life and the wisdom we all get if we look beyond this reality and know what is love my friend.
    That is defined as essence and you and your husband should cherish these moments and cherish the memories of knowing you are sharing the creation so many confuse as thier own “God” ..Blessings to you Sue.
    Namaste

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 03, 2013 @ 20:35:53

      Yes Lorrena, our grandchildren are our future, teaching them about our connection to nature, showing them the ‘Signs’ within Nature are moments to cherish… And I have been very blessed in knowing many treasured moments … Namaste dear Lorrena x

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  20. Aneesh
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 18:53:28

    Nice… Farming is always fun 🙂 ..

    Chutny!! I thought it was Indian term and only we use it!! lol

    I want to balance my work , my hobby, my time to come here and everything… but work takes most of it…. and i am not liking it much…..

    As always nice post 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 03, 2013 @ 20:21:27

      Thank you Aneesh, yes for me over the recent days Work and Me time has taken priority, trying to live in Balance can be tricky at times… Good to see you Aneesh Blesings to you xox Sue

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  21. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Oct 01, 2013 @ 21:44:16

    Sue, this is so joyous – just beautiful. Your garden looks like heaven 🙂

    Your grand-daughter has a wonderful time in the freshness of your garden – that’s a gift. I didn’t know brussel sprouts have so much bush! Also, I thought a gardener would kill or repel the caterpillars. I wonder what you do? When I got married, I remember wanting to create a vegetable garden but just ended up with half eaten produce, decaying. I had no idea.

    Beautiful stuff, Sue 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 03, 2013 @ 20:20:07

      Hi Noeleen, yes, we have a joyous time too with our Little girl,, We do not use any products such as weed killers or insect repellents etc This year has been exceptional in that we had a wonderful influx of butterflies, which were a joy to see, they were scarce last year, so really pleased to see them, The downside is that they lay lots of eggs/Caterpillars which devoured our greens.. But live and Let live and there’s enough for all… 🙂

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  22. livingsimplyfree
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 08:59:21

    Mother Nature’s caterpillars do seem to wreck havoc at times.Last year I had worms eating my cabbage, and finally turned to hydrated lime which did the trick. I just sprinkled some on the leaves and repeated after rain if it washed it away.

    Your food looks delicious and so do your recipes which I will have to try out soon.

    Your granddaughter is adorable as always, and love that she was able to enjoy the caterpillar. My little one got pooed on again this week by one. Funny, I’ve never been pooed on. 🙂 Today we attended a parade where a lady bug decided to visit us. My little one had a blast holding it, which had her full attention even with the parade marching down the street.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 07, 2013 @ 14:31:49

      those little Caterpillars are only small but they sure have a Big appetite, so the Poo end is often uses as a defence so I have heard, how true that is I have to find out… 🙂 The recipes are good, I seem to have been busier this year than ever with trying out new things, that apple and blackberry chutney is a must try… I was looking for the recipe and came across this one, I know you have more butternut squashes over there than we do, so hope you can get to view this one, it looks tasty
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/butternut_and_sweet_49981

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  23. aussieian2011
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 06:11:42

    You do make the most of your garden Sue, and a beautiful bounty from the care you give it, love the great amount of potatoes you have, for some reason I cant grow them,those vegetables must last you a full season. The recipes I leave up to Ana.
    Wishing you well.
    Ian

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  24. wolfgangpowerpoint.wordpress.com/
    Oct 10, 2013 @ 19:06:16

    Freundliche Grüsse,Wolfgang

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  25. Ruth Nina Welsh
    Oct 21, 2013 @ 10:26:23

    Just beautiful to literally see the ‘fruits’ of your labour Sue. Sending love your way xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Oct 21, 2013 @ 12:15:15

      Yes, the Harvests have been Bumper, I have some Beetroots on now cooking at the moment, and intend to use in a juice I will make later on… 🙂 I feel much better for eating these wonderful Vegetables 🙂

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