Seed time

Work has kept me away from the island for the past 2 weeks and the garden is looking out of control. It’s frustrating only having a weekend to get work done here. It would be nice to be able to sleep in one day and just relax but that’s not going to get this project finished.  

Most of the plants, including broccoli, broccolini, Bok Choy and various lettuce have now gone to seed.  I’m not complaining though as it’s going to provide me with plenty of new seeds for future planting.    

The leeks in the photo below have shot up from tiny seedlings in just 2 weeks.  By having the plants seed now, I won’t be needing to buy any new seedlings for new crops. Ever!

  
My tomatoes are going crazy.  There are literally hundreds of these beautiful tomatoes which grew from simply burying food scraps.

   

These green tomatoes should be ready to pick next weekend.

 

I’ve been eating all of the big peas from the garden over the weekend and still there are more.

  

Nature is amazing.  The food process where our modern society relies on supermarkets for produce is clearly flawed.  From a micro economic perspective, a $3 seedling of Bok Choy has not only returned me with fresh produce, but has now seeded with literally thousands of seeds which will provide thousands of Bok Choy plants.  The rule of diminishing returns doesn’t seem to apply here. It’s an incredible return on investment and ensures food security for the future.  It has even better potential with a community of gardeners who exchange seeds for free. Unfortunately, I don’t think the government or supermarkets like the concept since they don’t make any money from it.

   
Below are the perfectly formed seeds, ready to grow again.  They will go into a paper bag and labelled for future use.

 

I’m trying to make progress on the guest cottage. It is coming along a bit slower than I’d like, but I have to go to work to pay the bills, so I can’t expect it to happen overnight. It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do.  This is the living area next to the kitchen sanded and painted.

   
The next job is to sand and re varnish the timber ceiling, which despite looking ok in the photo, really needs to be done, especially in the bathroom.

And this is the main bedroom freshly painted with a “bay window” looking out onto…well the bay 

 
The view from the guest cottage looks straight down to the park where my old Westail was moored.  I’m looking forward to finishing it off so I can have some guests give it a trial run.

  

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