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May 2011 Blog Posts (10)

Sad I missed Seedsavers

I've finally got a small collection of seeds and planned to go to seedsavers on the weekend, but missed it thanks to 50 assignments I had to mark for work. :-(

 

I hope I finally get to the next one!

 

Daniel.

Added by Daniel on May 31, 2011 at 0:37 — 4 Comments

Sourdough Road

After saying I would never again bake bread ... Scarlett’s blog inspired me to have another go and this time using Sourdough rather than yeast.



Scurrying about the internet brought a predictably large amount of conflicting information. Instead of remaining confused, I’ve thrown in my lot with Yoke Mardewi and will go with her suggestions until I know a bit more about what I am doing (I should live so long!). She wrote the book for Australian home baker (Wild Sourdough) and the…

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Added by Elaine de Saxe on May 29, 2011 at 19:30 — 17 Comments

Cured some pork this week - eating it right now

I got some pork belly from a butcher a week ago, had it chopped into 8 large rectangular pieces, and cured them with some salt so I can make a German thing called "speck". The curing is finishing today, then I'll let it air dry in the fridge overnight and smoke it with some hickory shavings in my smoker tomorrow. I couldn't resist the temptation today, though. I took one piece out, chopped it up, fried it with mushrooms in some ghee (clarified butter) and am now eating it with some maggi…

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Added by Daniel on May 24, 2011 at 12:37 — 17 Comments

LOOFAH/LUFFA

Vanessa Collier method of achieving good looking loofah sponges:

Lissa, for the loofas I just wait until they turn…

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Added by Lissa on May 21, 2011 at 16:30 — 20 Comments

2011 AUTUMN March to May

14/03/11 Autumn - the weather is just beautiful already with milder days. It's almost enough to take my mind off the colonoscopy I'm facing later today, or rather, the muck I had to drink in preparation. Thank goodness for gardening to divert my attention from it all lol (and Minties to help remove the dubious…

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Added by Lissa on May 14, 2011 at 6:00 — 18 Comments

I saved my first seeds - I think.

As you know, I'm a complete novice gardener. Besides my experience of having planted a few things in pots and now watching them grow, I'm the Sgt. Schultz of gardening: I know nothing!

 

I finally made time after the gym this morning to save seeds from some fruit that Lissa kindly gave me. I now have seeds drying on some paper towel on the kitchen window sill. I've got a funky horned cucumber, a passionfruit, a jalapeno chilli, and a tiny red chilli.

 

I had no…

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Added by Daniel on May 13, 2011 at 7:16 — 4 Comments

On the sourdough journey

WEDNESDAY 25th MAY
I checked The starter that I dug out about one week later - a nasty shade of blackish grey, and smelled a bit mouldy. I chucked it. Will have to make a new one. I think Elaine found the reason - I had used boiled kettle water because I ran out of bottled water. I've bought some distilled water until I replace my filter machine.
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FRIDAY 13th MAY
Black mould…
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Added by Scarlett on May 10, 2011 at 12:30 — 13 Comments

Garlic Planting for 2011

After deciding not to tie up my beds for months to grow Garlic, circumstances have conspired to encourage me to plant for this season.

 

After the almost-failure of the crop last year, I bought some kilos of Biodynamic Garlic from Patrice Newell in the Hunter Valley. This is divine Garlic, the best commercial bulbs I have ever eaten. However ... coming from a cold place to a warm place, it decided it would like to sprout. Meaning the Garlic arrived in January 2011 and is…

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Added by Elaine de Saxe on May 7, 2011 at 20:22 — 36 Comments

Fig Management - great tips from a commercial grower

Tips from an old Italian grower, Angelo Caruso and practiced by commercial Biodynamic grower at Beerburrum, Terry Little.



Angelo told Terry to cut back the Fig trees hard each year and cut back to a stump every 5 years. As they start growing, pinch out shoots to leave no more than 18-24 leaders.…

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Added by Elaine de Saxe on May 5, 2011 at 17:30 — 23 Comments

GARDEN REMEDIES & SUGGESTIONS

Check out this website for help with plant problems: VEGETABLE MD ONLINE

TOPICS:

  • SUPPLEMENTS
  • PLANTS and their requirements
  • DEFICIENCY SIGNS
  • PESTS & DISEASES
  • PRODUCTS
  • SPECIFIC PROBLEM
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Added by Lissa on May 3, 2011 at 7:00 — 22 Comments

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