This morning's harvest (clockwise from centre): strawberries, apricots, butter beans, green beans, eggplant, rainbow chard and a BBQ chicken.

What could be more soothing than waking in the morning to the sound of soft rain on the roof and the garden (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLNi-BvmhYA&feature=related) … and the thought of the trees with their ripening fruit and the newly planted bean seeds gratefully soaking it up?  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJQyL-7KRmw … this is so like birth – all wet and gooey and awkwardly unfolding… but I digress…)

Well, perhaps waking to all of the above, accompanied by the snuffly breathing of a sick child who has at last fallen into a deep sleep after rotisserie-ing himself like a BBQ chook in your bed half the night. Having slept in two hours later than usual, I was then torn between gazing at his peaceful little face and racing out to see what was sprouting in the drizzle. He soon solved that dilemma by waking up too.

The findings in the garden were beautiful – except for the tomato and eggplant bushes, which seem to be suffering from mites or something similar, with their leaves gradually curling and browning off from the base of the plant upwards.

Tomato russet mite damage?

Being reluctant to use tomato dust, perhaps I delayed too long and didn’t sprinkle thoroughly enough when I noticed the first signs last week. I’m still not sure how ‘organically allowable’ the modern tomato dust is (comprised of copper oxychloride, sulphur and spinosad) – I think each of these ingredients is supposed to be acceptable in organic gardens, but the dust does kill bees and the container is covered in warnings that I find difficult to justify to a 3-year-old tomato eater! Anyway something’s making a mess of these plants and a joke of my plans for passata. And someone just wants to be held and held and held on the lounge while the rain drizzles on down outside. Thus endeth my day in the garden.


At least those beans were put to good use…


  • 2 cups fresh stringless beans
  • 1 small tin 4-bean mix, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tin corn kernels, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • handful parsley leaves, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic


  • Blanch fresh beans and refresh in cold water
  • In a bowl, mix tinned beans and corn, blanched beans, parsley and avocado. (Can add chopped capsicum or any other vegies too)
  • Halve garlic clove and put in a small bowl with honey, mustard, oil and vinegar. Mix to create a thick, sweet, gooey dressing.
  • Stir dressing through salad.
  • Goes well with mushroom risotto, falafel or lamb.
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