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Kids Forage and Harvest Morning

Last week we had two brilliant Kids Forage mornings.

Forage and Harvest classroomJust do the math:

Kids + school holidays + baskets + edible flowers & wild herbs + farm animals + an awesome playground + baking + paper + crayons

= A bunch of happy kids, floral & wild herb scones with lashings of jam and cream, fynbos iced tea, art, shrieks of laughter, new friends, plant knowledge, full tummies and
a Wild Fun Time!

Check it out:

Tasting spekboomDaring each other to eat the Spekboom leaves

Picking and tasting Borage flowersTasting Borage flowers

Chatting along the walkDiscussing the merits of foraged wild edibles versus harvested crops. Or how mushy the mud is.

Peppermint PelargoniumPeppermint Pelargonium …”It tastes like bubblegum!”

Bella the pigMeeting Bella the pig

GoatsJust kidding around

Washing the flowersWashing flowersWashing the flowers and wild herbs

Drying the flowersThen spinning them dry

choppingChop chop

Making sconesMaking the scones

Tasting the scone doughQuality control tasting

In the playgroundIn the playgroundIn the playgroundHaving fun in the playground

Time for scones!Scones are ready!

Flower and wild herb scones with cfeam and jamYummy

Tucking into sconesYummy

Flower sconesIn my

Flower scones with jam and creamTummy!

plant drawingArt classBird drawingProud little artistAnd such creative artists!

Thank you to all the lovely children and their wonderful parents for bringing them for the fun filled morning.

Next time we will be making pizza!

Hope to see all those who who could not make it at one of the next Kids Forage Mornings.

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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!

Autumn

We have had an eventful past few days with glorious rainfall and not so glorious visits from baboons yesterday and porcupines last night. The plants have been loving the former and hating the latter! Autumn has definitely hit us….the chilly nights have us making cosy fires and the fynbos is starting to look lush again on the mountainside. Kirstenbosch’s plant order has been delivered and plans for a Spring event here at the Nursery are floating around.

The next few pics show the Good Hope Gardens Landscaping team doing what they do best, the Farmstall roof garden established and flourishing and Baby Girl helping with the potting up….best intern ever!

Steep slope log retaining
Steep slope log retaining

Good Hope Gardens Landscaping roof garden....established and flourishing
Good Hope Gardens Landscaping roof garden….established and flourishing

Little messy Missy
Little messy Missy