Category: Guests

Goat stalking!

Here is a little something to brighten up your day!…One of the hazards of veggie gardening 🙂

This happened after walking back from one of the Foraging courses with Martin and Riki from Curedeli

Life is never dull here at the nursery!

 

Foraging and harvesting in the gardens

This post is dedicated to Tai, Thandi, Jack and Rubi

School holidays are viewed with mixed joy and dread. There is the joy of no dark, cold, early morning lunchbox hunts and school runs but with it brings the dread of how to keep such keen little minds entertained the whole day! We kicked off our holiday with a Fynbos Flavour walk and garden tour at the nursery, picking and discovering new smells and tastes and textures. And, of course – getting dirty and eating lots of delicious food. The kids loved every second!

The Fynbos and veg forage and harvest begins….

Picking PelargoniumPicking Pelargonium leaves. The different scented leaves of the Pelargoniums are heavenly in iced teas and baking.

Mentha longifoliaMinty fresh! Indigenous Mentha longifolia.

Wild JasmineSmelling the sweetly perfumed scent of a wild Jasmine flower.

Carissa bushLooking for ripe Num Num or Carissa berries. The white milk that you see when you pick these berries are non toxic. The fruit is delicious and attracts birds and butterflies but this clever bush protects its berries with big spiky thorns.

Sour figSour figs or Carpobrotus edulis. This an amazing all-rounder. It provides snacks, medicine and is a super easy water-wise plant to grow! The tortoises love eating these succulent fleshy leaves.

ChrysanthemoidesSearching for some ripe Tick Berries. The Crysanthemoides monilifera is much loved by the birds and they have usually eaten all the ripe berries before we can find any! “monilifera” means “bearing a necklace” in Latin, referring to its cluster of berries. The berries are green until they ripen, turning into plump juicy black berries that look just like fat ticks.

Portulacaria afraTasting some spekboom leaves. The Portulacaria afra is a fascinating plant. The sharp tart flavoured leaves are edible and are a great addition added raw to salads or fried with a bit of butter and seasoning. It has many medicinal properties including the traditional use of increasing milk production in breastfeeding moms. Elephants love this juicy plant and its a great carbon absorber. It also soaks up the suns harmful rays, creating a happy healthy enviroment for animals and insects to live under.

Kai appleLucky us – there was a Dovyalis caffra with an abundance of its tasty fruit spilling over just waiting to be foraged. Dovyalis means Spear in Greek, and there are long sharp thorns protecting the fruit in these trees. Six nimble fingered hands soon got the hang of extracting the fruit though!

Kai applesThe old kai apples on the ground were declared perfect for magic potions.

Salad greensWe collected some salad greens from the veggie gardens. Coriander, different types of lettuce, spinach, baby beetroot tops, celery, fennel fronds, and edible flowers.

RadishesFat juicy radishes!

Tulbaghia violaceaWe dug for some wild garlic roots. This was quite an established patch, so we had to dig hard and carefully separate some of these roots to be scrubbed well and baked in the oven. As soon as the long leaves are bruised it gives of a strong garlic aroma. Throughout summer, these plants have beautiful violet flowers that can be added to salads and especially delicious in potato salad.

Purple carrotsWe found some crazy purple carrots! These have an amazing nutty taste, nothing like the tasteless orange carrots you find in the supermarkets. Best eaten raw, seconds after picking them and washing them off.

HarvestFood glorious food!

Rinsing the foodRinsing off the leaves and flowers.

Lavender and PelargoniumThe secret ingredients for the scones!

Making the sconesRolling and shaping and adding the petals and leaves to the scones.

Golden sugar-free flower sconesThis golden one is mine!

Fresh rainbow saladFresh rainbow salad – who could resist?

Carissa and Kai apple jam on flower sconesAnyone for a bite of Kai apple and Num num jam on warm buttered flower scones?

A foraged feast!After a morning of hard work, we sat down to a well deserved freshly foraged meal. Delicious!

Lunch time!All our foraged and harvested Fynbos Flavour walks are different, depending on whats growing in the gardens at the time of your visit.

Who knows what next seasons menu will bring…

Hope you will be at the table!

Experience Fynbos flavours at Good Hope Gardens Nursery

We are now offering fynbos flavour taste sensations and fynbos education all rolled into one tasty little package….read all about it here:

Enjoy the Flavours of Fynbos at Good Hope Gardens Nursery

Gael and Roushanna Gray invite you to join them at Good Hope Gardens Nursery to share and enjoy a seasonal organic veg and fynbos fusion food meal using fresh farm produce, indigenous herbs, roots and seeds foraged off their land and seaweed from rock pools along the Atlantic Ocean coast line. They will be sharing their knowledge of edible indigenous herbs and how to successfully grow them in your own gardens. A 10% discount will be available on all plants in the nursery including the edible and medicinal plant display.

Gael started the Good Hope Gardens Nursery over 25 years ago in its beautiful fynbos surrounds near Cape Point when indigenous plants were unpopular and exotics were the norm. She has done ground breaking work in introducing previously unused indigenous species into the horticultural trade and has a wealth of indigenous plant knowledge!

Roushanna has a passion for food having been brought up with an eclectic mix of Cape Malay cooking, Jewish and Christian traditional feasts, and Steiner school harvest festivals. She was inspired by the local edible indigenous plant availability and has been experimenting with the exciting flavours of the fynbos ever since moving to the nursery 7 years ago.

There are several organic vegetable gardens growing at the nursery as well as chickens, ducks, goats, sheep a pig and several beehives. Food is always a focus at the main farmhouse and something from the garden is always on the table at mealtimes. Friends and family are often over to share and enjoy the bounty of the land and indulge in the latest recipe.

Spaces are limited to 12 people max. To find out more info, costs or to book, please call us on 0217809299 or email us at fynbosplants@xsinet.co.za or roushanna@hotmail.com

The goods

Food glorious food

Here is a sneak peek behind the scenes at all the food we have been growing, harvesting, preparing and, of course, eating!

Mieliesmielies

Purple carrotspurple carrots

Applesapples

Sweet potatoessweet potatoes

Mielies with mint and buttermielies with mint and butter

pumpkin and spice cookies

Two fig and ginger jamtwo fig and ginger jam

Stuffed squash flowers, purple carrots and wild garlicstuffed squash flowers and purple carrots and wild garlic

Pumpkin pie!pumpkin pie

Figsfigs

Wild garlic rollswild garlic rolls

Rhus toffie sweetsrhus toffee sweets

Rainbow radishesrainbow radishes

Feastingfeasting

More feastingmore feasting

Even more feasting

even more feasting!

Grace before a meal:

Blessings on the blossoms,

Blessings on the fruit,

Blessings on the leaves and stems

and Blessings on the root.

Blessings on this meal”

Spring Sale, Garden Club walk and salad.

Our Spring into Fynbos event is coming up at the end of this month. on Saturday the 29th of September we will be having a sale on all the plants in the retail as well as delicious food, kids fun and fynbos walks. Sounds like fun, right? It will be, so come celebrate Spring with us and your family!

Images from our previous events:

We had the lovely Sunbird Garden club coming to visit.

We took them on a little fynbos walk, a bit of a Q&A on plants in Simonstown and Fishhoek gardens and had tea and scones at the tea garden.

 

The veggie garden is thriving after all the late winter rain.

We had a bumper juicy salad crop which we harvested and sold the excess to Scarborough friends

Yum!

Enjoy the Spring weather and pottering around in your gardens this weekend 🙂

When goats do roam my fynbos does moan

Hi. I’ve been a bad blogger again – but life has been busy busy busy!

Our baby goat AKA Greeny (dont ask – Kingoftheplayground named him) has been running around the nursery and getting into trouble. With me. Cant really dicipline a goat though, so just trying to feed him up so he gets too fat to escape through the fence. And eat more of our garden. Again.

The daddy goat gets stuck in his fence at least once a day:

Which is quite funny except then you need to go and get him out which is like wrestling a mountain with horns and yellow devil eyes and you stink like manky goat for a while after. Lovely.

Our veggies are coming along ….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And King of the playground is enjoying helping…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some pics of the Fat of our Land:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ecolodge has been fully booked every weekend (Lots of flower arranging and meeting happy faces) and the landscaping has been non stop. But no matter how busy we all are – we still always make take time out to go for meanders on the Fynbos Walk…

At our next event  (Details in next blog entry) we will be giving a free Guided Fynbos Walk so be sure to be there and come experience our nature!!!

 

Pics from December and happy holidays

Our Fynbos Summer Sale was fantastic:

A bustling retail and mouth-watering wheat-free tea garden treats…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a free guided fynbos walk and lots of amazing arts and crafts on sale…

 

The kiddiewinks were rather happy with the activities available…

 

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Other Fynbos fun included Fynbos Gardening talks, Fynbos food, music, new faces, lots of plant specials and of course, the stunning surroundings of the nursery. Remember that we have these events four times a year…hope to see you at the next one!!!

In the meantime, happy holidays and safe travels. Please note that the nursery will be closed on 24,25 and 26 of Dec as well as  Saturday – Dec the 31st and Sunday – Jan the 1st 2011 ….as much as we love having you – we need to have 5 selfish days of the year to have the nursery all to ourselves 🙂 will post pics in the next blog!

Happy New Year 2011 to you all!!!!!