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I ran away from teaching to the country to grow veggies. There are also some chooks and a pair of troublesome goats who were so much trouble they had to go! My simple green life isn't always as simple or as green as I'd like...but I keep trying!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Potager - part 5

A couple of evenings ago, I made the mosaic for the centre of the potager.  I have been planning this in my head for weeks.  As you know I love the garden so

'HD' in a heart seemed apt.

Every thing in the potager has grown.  I did some weeding last night too and it was lovely and fragrant communing with the herbs at close quarters.

You can just see the sprinkler doing its job to the left of the potager
and Mervyn the geriatric chihuahua taking his constitutional on the right of the picture.

For the record:
Today we had visitors and served zucchini slice, pumpkin and risoni salad and a small green salad.  Strawberries in balsamic vinegar and ice-cream was desert.  Oh, I forgot there was home made hummus and broad bean dip (from the freezer).

Ingredients produced on the property included:
  • 6 small green beans (tokens really, but irresistible)
  • 4 small zuchinni
  • 1 red onion
  • garlic
  • tender red and green oak lettuce leaves
  • parsley
  • chives
  • some tiny radishes to be eaten tops and all
  • broad beans
  • eggs (of course)
This is the first real meal of the Summer with so many home grown ingredients.  

The cook outdid herself and it was delicious.


  1. Looks great I love it. I must do a mosaic for the garden this summer. I've got all the stuff and have been meaning to but haven't quite gotten round to starting.

  2. Great result and I love the asymetry.

  3. Love mosaic too, I did a bird bath and was quite pleased as it covered the large crack, yours looks great. Mosaic is a really nice addition to a vegie garden. Jeanette VINTAGE TREASURES by JEANETTEANN

  4. Looking good Hazel.

    Nothing better than those home grown veggies, they have so much more taste.


  5. I was one of the privileged visitors today that shared the fantastic meal - thanks Hazel and Cook.
    Its was wonderful to collect the ingredients from the garden and see Cook incorporating them in our meal and wow did it taste good.
    The potager certainly doesn't look pathetic anymore!

  6. Didn't realise that you were such an artist Hazel. That mosaic looks brilliant! The potager is certainly beginning to flourish. Your meal sounds nice and summery too. Am I right in thinking that risoni is like pasta wheat, or orzo? A favourite dish of ours is a risotto made with butternut squash, sage and chilli.

  7. Oh Hazel, I am also an admirer of your lovely mosaic, it looks wonderful. I'd love to know how you did it, did you take work in progress photos?

  8. Love the mosaic Hazel! And the potager is looking lovely too!

  9. Hazel your potager is fantastic and the mosaic will add to it so well. Wow! Such a lot of work I'm sure but the end result is worth it.

  10. Thank you for all the kind comments about the mosaic. It was very easy...I just mixed up half a bag of mortar mix. I did cut a piece of chicken wire and put it in to as reinforcement. Then I just pressed the tiles and stones in. BUT I WOULDN'T DO THAT NEXT TIME. I wish I had made the concrete base, a little lower than the top of the pavers and let it dry. Then I would have used tile glue to place the tiles and stones and grouted it when dry. A couple of the stones haven't stuck properly but the tiles seem okay. i plan to just glue back any nomads as soon as they begin to wander.

  11. Wow, thanks for that Hazel, you are so adventurous, I am very limited when it comes to doing anything different. Cement, girls don't work with cement!

    I am learning :)


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