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In The Garden – With Baba & Dedo

When my parents were young children living in Macedonia they literally lived off the land. Planting, harvesting, raising stock, slaughtering animals for their dinner, making their own bread, butter and cheese they did the lot. They actually lived the whole sustainable living thing that many Australians are now trying to achieve in their suburban backyards. ( according to them it is not as glamorous as you’d think )

Whilst most of these things they left behind they have always maintained a vegetable garden. Often as a child my mum would send me out into the garden to collect herbs and veg for the evenings dinner. I am thrilled that they are now sharing this with Maksim.

At the beginning of spring each year they bring all their gardening tools to our backyard and we have a little meeting about how our garden is going. What grew, what didn’t and then we decide what to plant next.

This year Maksi helped.









They talked to him about what we would be planting and the meals we would make with our produce.

and he listened! when we walk around our garden now he can actually name the plants.

We are currently growing, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, eggplant, spinach, thyme, oregano, mint, parsley and have plans for a few more things.

What are you growing? Do your kids help out?

Julia xx




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  1. That’s so beautiful, Julia. Maksim is so fortunate to have the chance to hang with the grandparents and learn so much from them. It always amazes me because I think Macedonians and Chinese have very similar outlooks on life, especially the older generations. They work so hard and family means a lot.
    We’ve finally established our oregano, parsley, thyme, laksa and mint bushes after a few years.
    Silverbeet is so good to grow too. We planted it last year and it self seeded and came up by itself this year. Yum!
    Starting to plant the tomatoes and strawberries now and was in a bit of a rut as to what else to plant… but you’ve given me a few ideas now :) xx

  2. We don’t have a veggie garden but I dream of one day. Unfortunately I know nothing about gardening so I’ll have to teach myself.

    Yours looks fabulous. And what precious pictures with Grandpa
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  3. This is so lovely. I struggle to look after potted herbs… and my dog… but maybe one day :)
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  4. This is such a great way to get children involved and to teach them the importance of clean and healthy eating. I want to start growing a herb garden. I will get there. I know I will!
    Cute grandpa/Maksi photos! :)
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  5. These pictures made me smile so much! Such a beautiful thing for Maks to be able to do with his grandparents xx
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