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I love to cook, I've always loved to cook.

As a young girl, my time was spent reading the cookbooks that mum kept in the bottom kitchen drawer. Always looking for a new recipe to try, a new food idea. Many weekends were spent making rainbow cakes with as many colours as possible – have you seen my Instagram, not much has changed, and looking for recipes that I could cook using what was available in the cupboard or from the vegetable garden.

At the aged of about 16, I remember stating that I wanted to leave the farm and travel the world. This would be followed by retiring by about 30 and moving back to South Gippsland to grow vegetables and cook. From 16 fast forward 20 years and I returned, starting Jacican Food Studio in Mirboo North, Gippsland where I grow vegetables and cook. This blog is where I share my food adventure.

Jaci

Blueberry Burst ready for planting

I am trying to get ahead with the 2015-2016 growing season, so before the cold (well, cooler than it is already) weather sets in, I am trying to plant out some of the edible landscape.

Even though I have about 1800 m2 of garden to play with (which is about the size of three suburban house blocks), I am very conscious of the amount of space a plant takes up and how large it will become. For this reason, I chose to plant dwarf blueberries - Blueberry Burst. According to the PlantNet website, Blueberry Burst has these qualities: "...extremely large fruit size, high yielding, early season flowering and early season harvest". It is suggested that the fruit size will be at least three times bigger than the other blueberry varieties available. As I am in a cooler area, I should expect a harvest around August/September over a three to four month period. I am looking forward to this.

The blueberry in the ground  Adding some lime on the blueberry

Each plant only grows to 1m x 75 cm, so I planted four plants. I was told that blueberries like the soil a little bit sweet and to therefore give them a feed of lime - which I did.

Blueberries planted in the garden

Now let's wait until August to see if we have any fruit.

Keep gardening.  Jaci

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