Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Balcony Garden: Harvest Monday #4

Sadly we've come to the end of my little crop of carrots - they took forever to come to "full-term" but boy it was worth the wait. I've totally decided that root veges are the way to go as those darn caterpillars don't seem to eat things that are underground (though I'm sure they're plotting a way to get down there).


The caterpillars have have had a good go at my mint.  They've literally left no leaf un-chomped, but there was a little bit left for the humans in the house to enjoy for dinner.  Now that the caterpillars have eaten all the leaves at the base of the plant I've noticed my dirt has a white film on it...is this mould? Help?


I did plant some coriander a little while ago but (strangely for me) didn't get around to using it. I think it's gone/going to seed, so I just chopped off anything that still resembled coriander.


So we have some #balconyGarden mint, corainder and carrots. Hmmm - what should we make?


A Vietnamese salad of course. I found this recipe on Emily's blog - and it's so simple that I've made it quite a few times for our #meatlessMonday dinners.  I didn't make the spring rolls...that's a bit too much for me, but regardless it was a delicious dinner full of fresh, crunch veggies straight from my balcony.


You can see more Harvest Monday at Daphne's Dandelions.


13 comments:

  1. Look at all your good stuff Miss Piggy! Your balcony farm is super productive, your salad looks delicious. Home grown carrots taste completely different to supermarket carrots, right?!

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    1. I agree about homegrown carrots - so yummy. I wish my homegrown tomatoes would stop getting rot/worms...

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  2. Those carrots look great MP! Nom nom - hehe. Darn caterpillars! Salad looks very good too! :)

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    1. I was SO cross when I found those caterpillars. At first I thought I could share my garden but they eat A LOT!

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  3. What's better than fresh carrots? :D

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  4. Wonderful salad you've made there. There's nothing more satisfying than making a dish with produce you've grown from your veggie garden..delicious.

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  5. Your garden is doing superb Mel! I can't wait to see what you have more to grow over the next year!

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  6. Great looking carrots. I find that some mint varieties definitely seem to get nibbled more than others - the spearmint is usually the worst I grow for having chunks bitten out of it.

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    1. I think I'm going to start again with the mint...it's just being eating alive.

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  7. Just lovely Mel! Shame about the 'pillars though. The same thing has happened to my mint. I also have Vietnamese mint and nothing has eaten it! It is out of control!

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  8. Olivia @ mademoiselleinsydneyNovember 23, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Bonjour Miss Piggy!!!

    It was nice meeting you at the blogger picnic! My fiancé - who's not a foodie at all - stole my computer and went through all your balcony garden harvest posts, feeling sorry about the caterpillars! (Could hear him sob almost!)
    Love your blog :)

    Olivia

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  9. The caterpillars were THE WORST Olivia - my tomato harvest last year was beyond stressful.

    It was so lovely to meet you too - hope to see you again.

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