what’s hot in the garden when it’s cold & growing (not drinking) coffee

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Home | 15 Comments

Oh Lordy! The weather has finally become COOLER in Brisbane. This is my favourite time of year in the garden. You can actually go outside without feeling hopeless and desperate. You water less, weed less and enjoy more. The garden slows down and this is a good reminder for us to do the same. Winter is a great time to top up your mulch and fertilise with a  seaweed or comfrey tea. Plant flowers for the bees and winter edibles like leeks, rocket, beetroot, celery, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, onions, kale, kohl rabi, spinach and silver beet. The seasons know what our body needs so enjoy your root veggies and citrus (to keep away colds and flu).

One of the most interesting plants growing in my garden at the moment is coffee (Coffea arabica). A bitter sweet situation for someone who gave up caffeine 6 months ago (and still going STRONG may I add). Coffee beans are harvested between June to August when the berries are bright red. I didn’t really think about the outcome of growing this one. I could go all hipster on this and serve true deconstructed coffees where you have to roast your own beans and REALLY make your own coffee. Just taking it to the next level people. Be grateful I’m not serving you your next coffee. Enjoy the winter garden porn x

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15 Comments

  1. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    June 25, 2017

    Ooh I knew that citrus was good for colds but not root vegetables. Shall eat away! 😀 And I wish we had some of your weather, it has been cold for a while here! 🙂

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    • lostinutensils
      June 25, 2017

      It certainly does get cooler your way Lorraine…happy to swap 🙂

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  2. sherry MacKay
    June 26, 2017

    hi Jem
    yep i definitely need to mulch myself!:) this chest infection has done me in. your garden looks wonderful. are you going to make cumquat marmalade? ooh you are brave giving up caffeine. i just can’t do it. yes I am addicted clearly. isn’t the weather grand? love this time of year. brad and chad are the bomb. friends had a coffee bush once but they just let it grow and didn’t use the beans. you could start your own coffee roasting business. :=)
    cheers
    sherry

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    • lostinutensils
      June 26, 2017

      I know Sherry, that coffee roasting business is always a back up plan lol. I thought you’d be enjoying this time of year but not this chest infection. Plenty of citrus for you! I’ll probably do my annual batch of cumquat marmalade. Last year I preserved them in brandy. Yep… Brad and Chad are the bomb 🙂 Get better soon!!!

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  3. Tandy I Lavender and Lime
    June 26, 2017

    I didn’t know you could grow coffee in Brisbane. That’s so interesting. Cannot wait for the end result. I must plant nasturtium again. Love your flamingoes.

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    • lostinutensils
      June 26, 2017

      Thanks Tandy, I love flamingos but the cats hate them lol. It’s a case of nasturtiums gone wild here, I let them grow between all the plants but I keep having to pull them out.

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  4. Function 9
    June 28, 2017

    You’ve done a good job with growing Brad & Chad lol.

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    • lostinutensils
      June 28, 2017

      LOL 😂 I know they’re disgustingly not sustainable and don’t fit with me trying to keep my garden a closed system…but they’re never going to leave!

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  5. Sam Rutherford
    July 2, 2017

    That is so cool that your growing coffee Jem! Can’t wait to find out what happens haha.

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    • lostinutensils
      July 2, 2017

      LOL neither can I Sam. As I said, I hadn’t really thought this one through so I’ll do some research and experimenting!

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  6. Anna @ shenANNAgans
    July 17, 2017

    I adore Brad and Chad (assuming they are the pink flamingos, yes?!) Where does one find such amazingness? 😀 And I am coming over asap for a deconstructed hipster home grown, brewed coffee stat lady, happy to enjoy the coffee for you.

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    • lostinutensils
      July 18, 2017

      Haha 😂 yes Anna, my coffee enjoyment is by proxy these days! I got Brad and Chad in Bangalow years ago but I think they are kind of every where now. I’m a sucker for anything pink flamingo 🙂

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  7. All That I'm Eating
    July 20, 2017

    What a load of lovely stuff, I especially like Brad and Chad!!

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