Gardening for Dummies

On the Otago Peninsula, it is possible to grow food year round. During the winter, the ground never really freezes as Dunedin is at sea level, unlike Ohio, and being New Zealand, there is plenty of rainfall. Thus, many homes have their own vegetable gardens and glass house (greenhouses if you are from the States). The garden still has a healthy supply of vegetables, considering its winter. There are still some tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, and a few spices. I have helped with some of the gardening for my final two weekends on the Peninsula. I helped plant broccoli and cauliflower in one of the beds.

 
The glasshouse with compost bins  


The vegetable bins

Here’s the list of what’s in the garden:
Available now
Garlic
Parsley
Rosemary
Fennel
Potatoes
Carrots
Leeks
Tomatoes
Lettuce

Available later
Broccoli
Strawberries
Blueberries
Onions
Rhubarb
Black currants
Apples
Plums

 
Planting cauliflower and broccoli    


The finished product

I have also started cooking. A miracle, right? On July 17, I made my first batch of fresh baked bread today. The whole wheat sandwich bread recipe was from the ‘Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day’ book and was very easy to make. These recipes don’t require you to knead the dough, which cuts down on the time required to make the bread. It also saves money because bread in NZ costs $2.99 a loaf for basic white bread and up for fancier breads. I also made a vegetarian with mushrooms and tomatoes pizza from the ‘Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone’ cookbook. The dough wasn’t quite done, but the pizza was very tasty. The next weekend, I made a caramelized golden tofu stir-fry for dinner with brown rice. It was delicious.

 
The pizza 


The stir-fry

                                                                           

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