vege gardens

Hey pals! It’s been a while since I’ve posted properly on here. So here’s a bit of an update!

I’m 25 weeks preggo today, and woke up looking enormous! Nuggie must be hanging out a looooong way forward!

After feeling so crook during my first trimester, I’ve actually had a really fab pregnancy since about 13-14 weeks. I pee a lot and get tired easily, but my only other real ‘symptom’ is SPD (pelvic pain). I’ve seen a physio who specialises in women’s health/obstetrics, and she gave me a few exercises to do, and recommended a pregnancy belt which @kimberleyhealthyandhappy is kindly sending to me! 😘

In other news, it’s our first wedding anniversary tomorrow (how????), and we are celebrating by painting the nursery and going out to our favourite restaurant.

Things are also going really well with our house. We’ve had some maintenance done on a few things that urgently needed it, and have done soooooo much work in the gardens. Our vege seeds have started germinating, and the warmer weather is seeing all of the other shrubs/trees in the yard absolutely flourish.

Christmas is fast approaching, and we are hosting this year! I’m excited, but also slightly nervous as I will be 34 weeks preggo. We’re then having a baby shower-type-gathering on December 29, then a couple of weeks after that I’ll be on maternity leave!

The days/weeks/months are flying by and we will be parents so soon and that is slightly terrifying to be honest. But we will muddle through and make it work!

If you made it to the end of this you are amazing and deserve all the good things 😘😘😘

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fenugreek microgreens harvested today 🐰

crunchy, slightly bitter leaves that goes well with spicy food (or in salads and wraps) and best eaten young. grows rapidly, all year round in almost any condition! fenugreek is also an excellent green manure / nitrogen fixer and suitable for crop rotation!

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I don’t think I’ve ever posted photos of my Malabar spinach (a.k.a. Basella Alba). Dad bought some home from a local Vietnamese farmers’ market a couple months ago and I planted the stalks to see if it would grow.

Malabar spinach is awesome in so many ways! The leaves are smooth, glossy and absolutely HUGE. If eaten raw, it’s bitter and kinda tastes bad but when cooked, it turns into a dark green, mucilaginous, sloppy goop (but a very, very delicious dark green, sloppy goop). 

I don’t know about North India, but this leafy green is very popular in my home states of Andhra Pradesh & Karnataka (in South India). My grandma stir-fries it with potato and my mum likes to make a daal out of it (*drools*)

And it turns out that Malabar spinach is also really good for you! According to wikipedia, it’s "high in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and calcium, low in calories by volume, but high in protein per calorie and the succulent mucilage is a particularly rich source of soluble fiber"