Focusing on homegrown

In 2015, I'm starting the year with a focus on 'homegrown'.
Since becoming a stay at home mum, I've been able to spend more time tending to the garden and have been rewarded with fresh homegrown herbs, flowers, fruits and even some vegetables. I must say it has been nothing short of delightful.

I can't begin to describe the simply joy I felt at being able to to eat a garden salad that is 100% homegrown. And now that I've had the taste, I don't want to go back. So this year, I'm trying to grow as much of my own greens as possible.
Homegrown garden salad
In support of my new passion, Stu has built us a second vegetable patch. On the weekend, we happily transplanted a bunch of seedlings (eggplant, sunflowers, antichoke). And as if it was right on cue, the skies opened, giving the garden a good drink of water after a month of hardly any rain. I'm going to take that as a good sign.
Frankie on newly built vegetable patch
So this year you can expect to hear a lot more about my garden and I hope to share with you more recipes from garden to kitchen. Is that something that will interest you?

And I would love to know: what are you focusing on this year?

24 Responses to Focusing on homegrown

kidgranny said...

I love that you are focusing on homegrown veggies and fruits this year! I don't have a green thumb, so I'd love it if you shared tips on your blog on how to tend to your garden! As for me, this year I am focusing on being happy & healthy!

Jane said...

yes yes yes! hearts all over this one! my husband and i are starting a veggie garden and hopefully plant some flowers and have some plants too. i'm looking forward to it so much that i wish i had a fast forward button to get through this winter that has proven already to be really cold and dreary!

Kelsea Echo said...

Homegrown lettuce and sweet snap peas are some of the most worthwhile things to grow in the garden. My ex loved growing his own veggies and I have to admit I miss eating them! But I'm kinda a black thumb... hehe.

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Anouk said...

The garden salad looks too beautiful to eat! Yes, these kinds of posts sound interesting. I am focusing on exercise and piano this year :)

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Ananka said...

I'd love to do this - but the weather in Scotland is just bad! Love the photo of Frankie :-)

Homegrown is the best for sure :-)

Ez Vina said...

Wow.. Would love to follow up on your garden's update.

Rose said...

Very nice garden. I love it. Green and fresh. Wish I have a plot of soil at my backyard.

Hmm. Nothing in particular this year but probably spend more time teaching my children at home.

burntfeather said...

I love this Trishie, I really aspire to grow more of what I eat myself. I still remember seeing your salad straight from your garden and thinking how wonderful/amazing it was!

Lady of the Manor said...

This is so exciting! When I retired, I was able to spend more time in the gardens and it's been a great experience. You will love it! Not only is it good for the soul to grow beautiful and delicious things but it's so good for you and your family's health! Enjoy! I'd love to hear about what you're growing and how you use them.

Jane @ anothermommablog.blogspot.com said...

Love the vegetable patch already. I love homegrown veggies; my dad used to grow a lot of vegetables in our backyard. Unfortunately, I don't have a green thumb so my attempts at a garden have been futile.

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

oh yes, I'd love to hear more! I have been thinking of starting a garden for ages, but I'd not no green thumb to speak of – more a black thumb, if anything, as plants seem to go suicisal around me!

Still, would love to hear about what you plant and everything!

My Garden Diaries said...

How lovely is this Trishie!!! It looks like heaven in your garden and what an outstanding commitment to make!!! Homegrown all the way friend! Keep on rocking it!! Love your planters on the wall by the way! Nicole xoxo

Tina Bradley said...

That salad looks so yummy, Trishie! I do flower garden, but would love to start a vegetable and herb garden. Perhaps I'll start with herbs this summer. :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

I love homefarming until the rabbits and gophers discovered my garden.

I'll build a fence this summer for my plants. I hope I can get more harvests this summer more than last year.

Azura Chan said...

Oh they are so lovely garden! I hope to have more time for gardening too this year. Hope to see mire greeny post on your blog. 😊

Sharlynn Ng said...

Gorgeous Trishie! I'm sooo envious! I can't wait to be a in country where I can easily grow more types of vegetables! Love that you're growing your own bits and herbs and flowers! That plate looked beautiful!

Chantille Fleur said...

Yes it will definitely interest me! That is also one of my goals this year - grow more than we grew last year. With our own milk already checked off the list, I'm feeling pretty inspired :-)

Sending you good growing vibes!
Sarah xx

Victoria Wright said...

Your garden is so cute I love it !! your dog is even cuter !! I love the flowers on the salad it looks so colourful and beautifull!! I bet it tastes amazing too being home grown!

x Victoria @ Alf & Emilio

Victoria Wright said...

Your garden is so cute I love it !! your dog is even cuter !! I love the flowers on the salad it looks so colourful and beautifull!! I bet it tastes amazing too being home grown!

x Victoria @ Alf & Emilio

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love it. What a brilliant thing to do.

Sonia De Macedo said...

Wow mother nature approves of your new passion for sure! I'm still looking for a place for myself and I can't wait to start my own veggie patch. Though it will be small and I hope it stays small. My dad is obsessed with fruits and veggies and the backyard is more than half-dedicated to his passion and a "beach house" has now turned more into a farm. Which is weird because it's near a beach and sand and it's a medium sized plot of land yet looks like a full fledged bloody farm lol. I hope I don't get as insane as that.

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Midnight Cowgirl said...

Your homegrown salad is gorgeous!

Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

From garden to kitchen is definitely a great idea, since we are definitely going to shift to a more natural lifestyle.

MaysaAndSunshine said...

That is amazing, Trishie. Having a homegrown garden is so rewarding. I started mine about 3-4 years ago, mainly trying to grow certain type of basil for Thai food and some herbs. Fresh herbs are ridiculously expensive at the grocery. Then i expanded to grow some veggies. I keep mine organic from the soil and don't use any chemicals. It is a lot of work but totally rewarding and convenient. Your garden looks great.