Broccoli Soup with Home-Grown Herbs

We picked some kale, parsley and basil from our vegetable garden and added it to our broccoli and leek soup tonight.

Lily’s verdict:

“It was the most delicious soup I’ve ever tasted! Especially with the bread. I loved the soup as much as I loved the bread.”

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Hoppy Easter!

We had a picnic for Easter and I collected more than a trillion infinity acorns.

I liked the crunchy leaves, ducks, sculptures, lilypads, and ACORNS!

I planted grass seeds in my new piggy egg cup but they haven’t sprouted yet.

Hope you have a Hoppy Easter!

Lily (5 years)

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Lily’s Garden Update – Early Spring | Lilysgardenblog

Lily: “I have eaten spinach and parsley from the garden. I love it! Our tomato plant has its first flowers and our carrots are getting their first leaves.”

And now for a few snaps from our early-Spring garden (mostly taken by Lily!)

Harriet the bunny
Harriet the bunny
Parsley
Parsley
Carrot seedlings
Carrot seedlings
Mini sunflowers (yellow pot) and edible flower mix
Mini sunflowers (yellow pot) and edible flower mix
Kale
Kale
Tomato flowers
Tomato flowers
Lily
Lily
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Don’t remember what this is! But it’s pretty
Fuschia
Fuschia

Gifts for Little Gardeners | Lilysgardenblog

Our little green thumb Lily recently celebrated her 5th birthday and got a few great gardening-themed presents.

Mr. Fothergill’s has some great kits for kids which come with a colourful pot, seeds, soil and stickers for decorating the pot. Lily got a mini sunflower one and another which grows a few different types of edible flowers. She is particularly excited at the thought of being able to eat the flowers!

Another great gift she got was a little decorative rain gauge. She is particularly interested in science at the moment so I know she will enjoy going out to the garden to measure how much rain we’ve had.

Last but not least, she also received some heirloom vegetable seeds, for multi-coloured capsicums and round-shaped zucchini. Heirloom vegetables are exciting for kids (and adults!) to grow as they are so unique and fun to try eating – we can’t wait to plant them.

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Natural Slug Control | Lily’s Garden

Today we planted our first tender kale, baby spinach and parsley seedlings (Lily: “Aww, they’re so cute!”), plus a few rows of carrot seeds. Not wanting to wake up tomorrow to find them obliterated, we decided to experiment with a couple natural slug and snail repellents.

The first was to save the eggshells from our lunch to scatter around the seedlings. Apparently slugs don’t like to walk around on eggshells 😉

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We also set up two traps, one on either end of the garden bed, consisting of plastic party cups buried in the soil and filled with beer. Apparently slugs like stout almost as much as Lily’s dad does, and he very graciously donated half a bottle to our garden cause.

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Fingers crossed our eggshells and slug pub works! The next natural slug control trick we are planning to try is a bit more aesthetic – planting nasturtium flowers around the borders of the garden bed.

Until next time!

New Veggie Garden | Lilysgardenblog

Sneak peak at the raised garden bed at our new house – before and after weeding and raking. Note the forest of stinging nettles that mummy had to tackle before Lily could get in (Harriet the bunny clearly wasn’t fazed, though)!

We discovered worms, slugs, millipedes, spiders and a bee who Lily named ‘Mr. Honey Bee’. She felt bad for Mr. Honey Bee that we were pulling up all the soursob flowers he was visiting but she is looking forward to planting some new plants that he can visit (especially with yellow flowers, because they’re his favourite).

We are off to the garden shop tomorrow to stock up on veggie seeds, so stay tuned!

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