Progress ~ Grow your Own..With Recipes

After 4 days and 3 nights of constant rain and cool winds, the Sun is now shining and so I went to the allotment with my Camera to show you how things are progressing.

Its amazing what some rain can do and then some warm sun, how it brings things along.. You wouldn’t think how in a matter of 2 weeks how things alter and grow..  Below was the peas and potatoes two weeks ago.

Peas and potatoes 2

Now look at them… You can also see we have added French Beans and between the cloches are Courgettes, Also Runner Beans and sweet-corn. 

Peas and Potatoes.

Potatoes Main crops

You can see my Hubby in the distance busy at work. I went into the allotments Sunday afternoon, and weeded out the Strawberry Beds and put straw around them to help protect the fruits from the soil when it rains so hard… Last year we didn’t have many fruits as these were only young plants that I had replanted from new shoots. But I was disappointed at how many had got spoiled with contact with the damp soil from all the rain.. So I hope the straw helps this year.

Strawberries in flower

I put straw around strawberry plants

I also want to show you the Blackberry bushes.. these have grown wild and rampant  between ours and and our neighbours allotments. We Both love these fruits and so although hubby cut them back as they swamped the wood shed last year.. You can see how much flower is already on them.. So a Good crop I think this Autumn ..

Blackberry Bushes coming into flower

Also this year I am going to collect the Elderberries from a tree which grows between our allotments on the other side.. I found a great Recipe for Elderberry Cordial Syrup .   This syrup is great for colds and flu and more Health Benefits of Elderberries can be found HERE

Elderflowers.. Ready for the Elderberries.

The tree is laden with flower at the moment, and you  could make Elderflower Wine with the flowers. My Aunt always made loads of it when I was a child and I have a memory of it still… Hubby used to do a lot of wine making at one time.. Parsnip Wine is good but the best wine he ever made was Rhubarb Wine and a Strawberry Wine. .. However if memory serves me well, and I asked Hubby it took a lot longer for the Rhubarb to clear.. around 2 yrs in demi jars.. But it was the very best of wine we ever tasted.. And that strawberry wine.. was brilliant too.

Now not everything in the allotments is weed free.. In fact there is a patch behind the shed that really needs tackling.. But even Nettles have their uses..

So here is our Nettle patch behind the shed.. Note how the Dock leaves grow among the nettles. And if crushed and rubbed on the sting of a nettle help relieve the pain of the sting… The reasons why are discussed Here I also read that bathing in Milk soothes too, but when walking in nature we seldom have access to milk straight away! So always look for the Dock Leaf!Nettle Patch.

I drink lots of Nettle Tea, so why not make your own? Here are several  different recipe’s made from nettles, The nutrition value is amazing in high concentrates of vitamins A, C, D, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium.

Below is a recent slide show of how things are growing..

 

Enjoy your week.. And thank you for reading.. And Welcome to all my New subscribers.. I hope you enjoy browsing. 

Blessings Sue

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Line
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 15:03:32

    Oh what a beautiful post!! Now I want to come and stay in your house and work in your garden! 🙂 Hihi! 🙂 Must be so lovely to cook food that comes from your own garden! 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 10:46:21

      Line, it is lovely to cook, and nothing tastes better than fresh veggies organic and I love making soups etc… If you visit my Homemade cooking page in the top header you will see the recipes there :-)… Lovely to see you in my garden 🙂 Enjoy your day… xox

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  2. prenin
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 15:42:34

    You and your hubby do a sterling job! 🙂

    Hope you have a great summer and a successful growing season!!! 🙂

    Love and hugs to ya both!!! 🙂

    Prenin.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 10:43:57

      Thank you Prenin, Hubby is down the allotments as I type.. it takes a couple of hours each day to keep hoeing and weeding.. It gives me chance to catch up here though LOL.. Mega Hugs back my good friend xox Sue

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  3. eugene1492
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 16:13:34

    Fantastic Sue .. David told me how great a lady you are … and how he enjoyed reading your blog … Hope to meet you in the (NEAR!!!) FUTURE … in the meantime thank you for being you there and … here.
    Love
    Eugene

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  4. Dilip
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 16:44:46

    Your garden is looks so vibrant and heavenly because of the love and care with which you tend the plants. It is said the best manure for a garden are the owners footprints 🙂
    Thank you dear Sue! Love.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 10:39:58

      What a beautiful compliment you have paid us Dilip, I need to get over to your Farm site and see whats been happening there? For I am sure just as much love and care goes into your own planting… We are more fortunate with our climate in that we get enough, well more than enough rain, while you do battle with not enough rain.. Sending love and Blessings to you and your family.. Sue xox

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  5. coastalcrone
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 17:09:10

    Now that is a real garden! Just beautiful! I like Nettle Tea also but have to buy mine already made and am out so I will buy some today and will think of your garden.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 10:37:07

      Yes I love Nettle tea.. So many people pull a face when you say you drink it.. but they have never tried it. 🙂 Thank you for reading my friend and Cheers when you next drink a cuppa! 🙂 xx

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  6. cat
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 17:26:48

    Summer is finally here too … I put my garden in last week, and already one of my Yukon Gold potatoes is showing … smiles … everything is growing fast and furious here, as we only have 100 frostree days (if we are lucky) … Love your post, will file it away in order to read it in depth later … Love you, sister … cat.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 10:35:05

      Oh I am so pleased you have got your garden sorted Cat… Brilliant… Lets hope you get those 100 days frost free… Such a short window in your season of growing time.. Sending a Big Hug your way Cat.. Love to you.. Sue xox

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  7. starproms
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 18:34:44

    Everything in your garden is growing well Sue. Much better than last year too. I also put straw around the strawberries and am keeping my fingers crossed. Congratulations on what is going to be a very successful harvest, I’m sure.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 10:33:33

      Here’s wishing your strawberries well too Oma Its raining again today, so I managed to put it around just in time.. for the big deluge we are supposed to have this coming weekend.. xox

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  8. lavendermoongirlblog
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 18:39:51

    Sue your allotment looks wonderful, in particular your strawberries. Fingers crossed they’ll be good this year. Thanks for the elderflower cordial recipe, I’ve been looking for one as there is an abundance of flowers everywhere at the moment, they look so pretty too. Well done to hubby too working away there! 🙂 xox

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 10:31:26

      Oh I am so pleased you got the recipe … Yes the hedgerows are full of flower and we are very lucky to have a tree in the allotments whereby no chemicals from cars or lorries are polluting the berries when they form… 🙂 I will pass on the compliments to Hubby LavenderGirl.. with pleasure .. Enjoy your walks… xxx Hugs Sue

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  9. drapersmeadow4
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 18:57:36

    In a word…bountiful! 🙂 ~Karen~

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  10. BloomLisa
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 19:37:12

    Fantastic photos & post Sue. Can I come over for yummy salads and feast fresh from the garden? haha. I wish you so much joy as you work in your garden this summer. Light & love:)

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 10:28:41

      Hi Lisa, you would be most welcome.. I am looking forward to picking some curly Kale leaves to have with my salad.. The young leaves are lovely raw… and very nutritious 🙂 Have a beautiful day .. Hugs Sue

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  11. Crowing Crone
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 20:09:09

    everything looks so lovely. I find it so interesting that nettle and dock leaves always grow close to one another. Nature takes care of us, doesn’t she?

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  12. Paul Handover
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 20:56:47

    Want to swap growing conditions? Your earth looks incredibly fertile!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 10:24:51

      We bemoan the rain Paul, but no I would not wish to swap, Those fires you had last year were a little too close for comfort.. Hope the Veggie plot got started?? 🙂 Any hows you now have some Horse Manure to spread, dig it well in lol and it will work wonders 🙂

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  13. quarteracrelifestyle
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 22:04:04

    Your garden is looking fabulous, while ours is laying under frost yours is well and truly thriving. Awesome!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 10:22:59

      I hope that the frost soon clears… We are having such extremes again in weather too…. We have storms forecast for the weekend, with hail and thunder.. An Amber Flood alert has gone out in our region… Thankfully we live on high ground not in the valley.. 🙂 Lovely to have you visit Wendy. xox

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      • quarteracrelifestyle
        Jun 05, 2014 @ 21:16:07

        We are like that in Spring too, everything goes fine then we are out there during the nights putting sheets over everything to protect them. I hope the storm is not too bad for you – ah Mother Nature sometimes has her own plans on how our garden will fare!

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Jun 06, 2014 @ 09:48:13

          I hope so too, cold and warm air meeting over us with lots of thunderstorms and hail forecast.. So just hope those young plants don’t get too bedraggled .. You wouldn’t believe the change today though.. Sun and blue skies.. What a difference a day makes! .. 🙂 xx

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  14. marina kanavaki
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 22:27:58

    Ah, that looks like an abundant crop!!!! It’s so wonderful watching the garden grow… it never ceases to amaze me [even in a smaller scale like my balcony]. Each day they give you a reason to smile! I’m glad to hear your sun is out again. Ours is lost behind heavy clouds of rain. Thank you for all the information! So much I didn’t know about, like the Dock leaves for example!
    Enjoy the rest of the week, my dear Sue! 🙂 xx
    ps I would of loved to have tasted that strawberry wine [or the rhubarb]!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 10:20:10

      Oh I am so pleased you are growing on your Balcony, its surprising what we can grow in tubs, and encourage anyone without a garden to try this.. They will be amazed .. 🙂 You would have loved the Wine Marina, 🙂

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  15. europasicewolf
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 23:20:13

    Wow! Look at them! They’ve gone growth mad! lol 😉 A bumper crop indeed! You must be having a wonderful time with all that lovely fresh, home grown produce – congratulations!! 🙂 xx

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  16. Valentine Logar
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 12:04:20

    Oh, Sue! What a beautiful garden you have. It makes me want to come play in the mud, I haven’t done that in years. But in your garden I think I could revert. I truly need to remember my roots and make a garden again. What a fabulous garden.

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  17. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 13:46:31

    as I am writing this next to one of my favorite works of art you paint ( The Iris, I love it 🙂 ) I smile double as I walked through the Elderberry( and under it I should say)
    I added my to do list a recipe, and POOF! you have supplied it for me (Thank you!)
    Their fragrance filled the night air last night and it mingled with the Gardenias Ahhh heavenly, it was a perfect clear night, full of stars and a very bright
    half full-Moon…clear thoughts seem to arise from that…
    Your garden is incredibly productive, filled with your magick, as I wandered through your words and images one feeds their soul as well as their senses….not to mention the smiles
    I love your strawberry patch, this year I was thinking about a truck tire( large one)
    to put my garden in, My friend Dell, uses them, and she has the best strawberries, and yes she uses straw too…she said the rubber hold the coolness of the water within the roots so they produce better larger strawberries and it keeps them up
    off the soil from roly-poly bugs and snails (and mud from the rains)
    Your garden it so beautiful Sue….I enjoyed wandering with you this morning…
    I will check out your links you always so graciously provide…
    Thank you Sue…( I am enjoying your story)
    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    Take Care…You Matter…
    )0(
    maryrose

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 05, 2014 @ 13:54:39

      Dear Maryrose I was just thinking on you… and feeling neglectful of you…. and here you are wandering among my strawberry patch.. Love it when that happens… I am just about to close the PC for the day as I head off for a long shift at work to return in the morning.. I am pleased you are enjoying reading.. And yes a tire is good for strawberries, I used to do that when I had no garden… in fact we turned tyres inside out to make planter tubs from the metal rim, ever done that? So they stand up off the ground!.. It takes some doing with strength.. but we painted them and you would have never guessed they were tyres..
      The Iris flower painting I donated to the sleep room where I work… along with a couple of other Nature paintings to brighten it up. I will be sure to say hello to it 🙂 …
      I will catch you up very soon my wonderful sister.. Much love and thank you for you lovely compliment..
      Sue xoxox

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  18. Visionkeeper
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 14:28:59

    Looking good DW….Impressed!! And so weed free!!! You must weed continually. I was out yesterday weeding. With all the rain we’ve gotten they grow so fast 😦 I see tiny green tomatoes coming forth finally and the lettuce and spinach are doing great! Good salads. Trying goose berries this year. I need to look up what to do with them. Had to replant beans yesterday as well cause the rain must have rotted things out….It is always a challenge but one I love….Can’t imagine not growing my own food…Thanks for sharing. Hope your day is wonderful. Blessings…VK xxoo

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 06, 2014 @ 10:08:09

      The secret VK is hubby spends at least two hours daily on the allotment hoeing,.. if you just keep hoeing the little shoots as they start forming it prevents them from growing into bigger weeds.. So no back breaking work, except for when you are thinning out rows of crops such as beets or parsnips .. or in between the onions etc…

      There is lots you can do with Gooseberries and you will find lots of recipes on the net VK.. Our spinach didnt do so good it went to seed even before we planted out, so have had to reset seed.. Don’t know why that happened?.. But the tomatoes have flower on now, and we are growing Butternut Squash for the first time this year, so we will see how that goes..
      Me either, I can not envisage not growing our food… The price of fresh veggies in the shops has shot up so much, Its good to have a fresh supply of veggies..
      Hope you have a great weekend too VK… take care.. Lots of love…DW xxxx

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  19. Deb
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 15:11:24

    You’ve got to be the best gardener I know, Sue! Everything looks great. I know you’ve work very hard on it too!
    Love to you, Sue! ♥

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 06, 2014 @ 10:02:36

      No, Hubby is the best gardener I know! LOL Deb, I am just his aid who weeds and potters and harvests and cooks and makes soups etc from all of that lovely produce.. Its his loving care that its so weed-free, and who waters daily when its not rained.. So the credit is all his really…. I so enjoy it though…. and show it off proudly to you folks.. Whom I am pleased enjoy seeing it grow as much as we do 🙂
      Sending a weekend Hug.. xxx Sue

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  20. Sabina Brave
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 20:33:17

    Hello Sue 🙂
    This year I also appreciated value of Elderberrie tree. I’ll try to use your recipe for sirup 🙂
    Lots of blessings.
    xoxo

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  21. oawritingspoemspaintings
    Jun 06, 2014 @ 00:20:26

    What a beautiful sight! There’s nothing more pleasurable than seeing your hard work come to fruition 🙂
    Lovely post & very informative, thanks for sharing it with all of us 🙂

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  22. Duma Key
    Jun 06, 2014 @ 02:05:26

    Amazing how quick things grow, ask the weeds growing through my drive! This rain we have had as much as needed could now do with letting off a while.
    That’s the thing about nature and life it just goes on growing……sometimes as people we forget that.
    Enjoyed the pictures not sure about nettle tea……now nettle beer and perhaps you talk my language lol!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 06, 2014 @ 09:37:08

      Yes Duma, Life just keeps on keeping on, regardless of what we through at Nature.. It will always strive to grow and do the best it knows how.. It never gives up.. Even in the most sparse of places you will find a seed trying to grow, Yes usually a weed.. But what is a weed? but a label we have given it for something that is numerous in number which thrives where we do not wish it to thrive… 🙂
      You should try some nettle tea.. its not as revolting as many think 🙂 😉
      A link here if you ever get loads of nettles LOL
      http://andhereweare.net/2013/03/making-wild-nettles-beer.html

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  23. Hunt FOR Truth
    Jun 06, 2014 @ 03:58:37

    I am so glad that I was not here first… it was great reading the comment section

    I have become such a city person, this to me looks like a vacation – you are blessed – as am I and I pray that all will come around to the simple pleasures and love of life that we have in our hearts.

    It is always a great pleasure to share int your joy Sue

    Your friend
    ~ Eric

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 06, 2014 @ 09:31:12

      Arrh thank you Eric that is so so kind of you to say so.. Yes we are ALL of us Blessed if we look for the simple gifts each of us have.. I have so many precious gifts, that so many take for granted.. The Gift of Sight! that I may see colours, the Gift of hearing, that I can hear the bird song, The gift of touch that I can feel the grass between my toes, the gift of smell that I may smell the new mown grass .. These precious gifts we all have… Once we really start to appreciate our gifts, and be thankful for the small things we then appreciate even more the grander things of life.. Such as being able to grow your own food, and enjoy the freedom of movement in a peaceful nation… With food in our stomachs and a roof over our heads.. So many in the world have not the same privileges as we have..
      If more would share their Love in the Hearts Eric.. OH what much better gifts we could then share! 🙂

      I really enjoyed your visit… Many thanks for adding your wisdom..
      Sue

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  24. Maria F.
    Jun 06, 2014 @ 04:24:26

    What a great lesson in trusting nature and letting her heal us! I think the allotment is beautiful, and so are the Elderberry trees. Thanks for all this analysis and links on how these herbs may help us heal.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 06, 2014 @ 09:25:13

      Nature is the only Pharmacy we need… And the best medicine is getting outdoors to breath in her essence.. Thank you Maria, for your lovely comment… I am very happy you enjoyed, especially as you are so knowledgeable about so many plants.. 🙂
      Have a brilliant day .. Hugs Sue xx

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  25. Ruth Nina Welsh
    Jun 06, 2014 @ 07:50:29

    Just lovely to see these pics Sue! Everything is coming along wonderfully well. I’m especially taken with your strawberries and blackberries. I can taste them already!! Beautiful post Sue and lots of love for your weekend. xxxx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 06, 2014 @ 09:22:14

      Hello Ruth, so good to see you, and I hope too you are able to enjoy your garden, the weather today is Sunny and bright .. But not looking good for tomorrow.. So Hubby is making the most of today down the allotments… Yes I will no doubt be sharing some of that Jam making with you 🙂 Lovely to see you ..Lots of love back… xxx Sue

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  26. giselzitrone
    Jun 06, 2014 @ 10:09:40

    Hallo liebe Sue ein schöner Garten mit vielen schönen Erdbeeren.Ich wünsche dir von Herzen ein schönes Pfingstfest und alles liebe Grüße und Freundschaft.Gislinde

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  27. cheryoncake
    Jun 06, 2014 @ 12:23:05

    You are so inspiring, Sue. My poor little fruit and veg patch at the back of our garden has been sorely neglected but I am determined to get out there now, thanks to you. I know nothing of course, but the one year we put straw round our strawberries we had the best batch ever so good luck with that. Lovely to be back here – sorry it’s been a while x

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 06, 2014 @ 19:33:34

      Hi Cherry, so good to see you again after your long absence.. Maybe the strawberries drew you out LOL… Glad they did.. and looking forward to the straw being the key to the best ever Yet xox .. 🙂 Thank you for commenting.. and no worries.. You are here NOW that is all that matters… Enjoy Summer! xxxx Hugs xoxox

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  28. Eddie Two Hawks
    Jun 07, 2014 @ 11:49:44

    The garden looks so very good dear Sue! OMG it’s growing fast!! Rains have certainly helped with that as well as your intensive work and tender care. This rewarding work will come back to you soon as you begin to reap some of it’s harvest. with love and light, Eddie

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 08, 2014 @ 13:15:34

      Dear Eddie, Yes its good to see the results of planting and weeding.. I have just come back from helping out weed between the onions this morning. The Sun is out, after heavy showers yesterday, so ideal growing weather..and can not wait till harvest time… 🙂

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  29. jacksjottings
    Jun 09, 2014 @ 09:18:56

    Your garden is the most inspiring thing one could post.
    You and your husband show others a way to live.
    Enjoying a garden getting your nourishment in more ways than one.
    Wholesome vegetarian food from your Owen garden.
    This is the way to turn the system around and you are both leading with your example. _/\_

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 09, 2014 @ 20:01:35

      Thank you Jack… We certainly enjoy our garden, and lets hope some day Jack others will follow suit and learn to grow their own food and be nourished not only by the good food. But by the fact they are blending with Nature ..
      _/\_ Enjoy your travels my friend

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  30. dogkisses
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 12:50:41

    What a wonderful garden!!! So many healthy veggies and herbs too! I think I need to drink some Nettle tea, for sure. I have heard that rubbing them on arthritic pain helps. And about that, do you mean bathing in actual milk? Or Milk Thistle?

    I hope so much that we will find a place next year with a piece of gardening land. We are sticking to flowers and yesterday came the prettiest little butterfly. We do have access to farm goods this year, which has been good. My son’s friend works at a farm and each week shares her part with us. She’s very sweet.

    Thanks for visiting me, and bringing me to your sanctuary too. Sue, you are such a kind good friend to me. I am grateful.

    Take good care, and I wish your garden much success! I hope the straw helps the berries stay drier. The plants are all beautiful!

    Love, your friend,
    Michelle.

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  31. dogkisses
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 13:06:31

    Oh, Sue, it is truly my pleasure when I make it to your sanctuary. I mean that. I can and have always felt the peace and light here, so thank you.

    Nettles are great. They have been the topic of several random conversations I’ve had recently, so perhaps I need to get some.

    Nettles are also a food plant for a special butterfly, but I’ll have to read my book to remember which one(s). Ironically, when I first learned about making gardens to attract butterflies using nectar producing flowers and larval food plants, I learned too that each plant was also a great medicine for people, and almost every plant that our local butterflies like and need most, were the exact medicine I needed. I’m pretty sure that still stands.

    Isn’t it awesome how nature and energy work? Somehow, I’m not sure I’m dealing with energy well. I know things, but putting the knowledge into practice is a whole different ballgame.

    Thank you for offering recipes here. I hope to try Nettle tea.
    Hugs and Love,
    Michelle.

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  32. dogkisses
    Jun 10, 2014 @ 13:42:51

    What a great link, Sue! Thank you 🙂

    I saw that several special butterflies depend on Nettles for larval food. The Brush-footed butterflies, such as the beautiful Red Admiral, which I’m pretty sure I was trying to attract and is how I learned about Nettles. The Comma butterfly also likes them.

    Well, Ruthie Mae is telling me to go outside before it’s too hot. I hope to return soon, and tell you if I managed to find some Nettle tea 🙂

    Hugs and Love,
    Michelle.

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  33. Lois Field
    Jun 11, 2014 @ 07:40:10

    Sue, boy has your allotment filled out. 😉 We have been having quite a bit of rain here and I am always amazed by how quickly the plants grow after a good soaking and cooler temperatures.

    I have never had nettle tea but seeing all its benefits I will have to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe.

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  34. gerowen
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 04:55:24

    Your garden looks amazing. Do you know of any effective methods of attracting ladybugs? I have a few ladybugs in our garden, but I think the taterbugs outnumber them. I know ladybugs will eat them, but I’ve been using Sevin dust to kill off the taterbugs since I don’t have enough ladybugs to pose a threat. I would rather use natural means of pest control if I can.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 12, 2014 @ 16:26:39

      I had to look up your Tatabugs.. Potato Bugs.. We know it as the Colorado Potato Beetle.. a Method for killing them without using pesticides is here http://www.sheknows.com/home-and-gardening/articles/997797/colorado-potato-beetles..
      We’ve Marigolds keep away certain insects away as they do not like its odour.. Then we have planted Lupins these do attract black-fly but they go to the flowers rather than the veggies… We plant the marigolds in between Cabbages in tubs..
      Lady bugs love to eat aphids Green fly.. etc so make sure you leave some green fly where Ladybugs lay eggs for food supply for their young, this then helps them prosper.. Also a good tip is to leave a bug home so Ladybugs can live in winter in it etc.. I had a browse of net and found these answers as to how to attract Ladybugs Marcus..

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  35. aishasoasis
    Jun 12, 2014 @ 18:35:01

    Well, this is great!! I missed this post last week being so busy, I’m glad I saw this, Sue! Congrats, everything looks awesome! ♥♥♥ ;^)

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 13, 2014 @ 15:59:52

      Thank you Aisha… Yes everything now growing very fast and we are eating the kale, I’ve made rhubarb upside down cake and crumble… The gooseberries will be soon ready too… and I am so looking forward to the strawberries too 🙂 The weather is just right this year, rain then a few warm days.. so they’re thriving.. 🙂

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  36. zendictive
    Jun 13, 2014 @ 15:23:55

    awesome Sue, my garden is small compared to yours but still growing, I too, have dabbled in homemade wine, using welchs grape concentrate and it is tastey… keep up the tending and bows humble to you. (~_~)

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  37. aussieian2011
    Jun 14, 2014 @ 12:02:48

    Its beautiful and a pleasure to walk through your allotment Sue.
    More so for me as it brings back many memorys of times I had gardens, and remember the joy of gardening, and seeing the earth come alive with my efforts.
    You and the eart have a very intimate relationship Sue.
    Regards
    Ian

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Jun 14, 2014 @ 12:32:38

      Ian thank you, I am happy you enjoyed taking a walk through our veggie garden.. Its approaching your winter now so it must be getting cold at nights now… I am happy too it brought back fond memories.. Nothing beats watching our efforts unfurl as the plants grow.. 🙂
      xox Sue

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  38. DG MARYOGA
    Jun 19, 2014 @ 15:55:14

    So nice to see all the plants thriving ! Hope you are keeping well,dear Sue !
    Take great care , Doda 🙂 xxx

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