I feel like I’ve just entered a new era in ‘gardening’.
This delicious tempeh was cultured from Rhizopus microporus var. oligosporus
(tempeh spores) which I grew and harvested myself.
The broadbeans are from our own garden.
Even the coldest summer in 32+ years of having lived in Papatowai could not deter the
glorious gladioli from blooming. Leaving them where they were, however, was to have them
battered by wind and rain so I donned wet weather gear and brought the spikes inside to light
up the living room. A visitor commented that ‘glads’ are now considered a ‘rather old-fashioned’
flower! Perhaps they are and perhaps that makes me old-fashioned, too!
I thought our blueberry bushes were never going to fruit but after 4 years, here’s what they’ve decided to do! Blueberries are strange creatures. They detest lime, take a considerable time to start fruiting well and, when they do, the fruit ripens unevenly on the bush. This means careful picking is necessary as ripe berries must be harvested from a tight bunch which may still be sporting green fruit. Fresh blueberries from the garden are more tangy and flavoursome that their more bland supermarket cousins.