A long overdue update! The chilli seeds I got from Lissa ages ago were planted in a pot about a year ago, and I thought they had suffered the same fate as most of my "pot" plants. Over the past couple of weeks the chilli has shot out of the ground and is now bearing about 20 green fruits! The rest of my garden at the moment is limited to herbs... I've used a lot of thyme, rosemary and oregano in my cooking. I need to get some more sage, and I've also got a lot of mint and chives I'm…Continue
Alas, I didn't grow these, but I took the photo on film (4x5 large format) and what you see is the result of my first effort to develop film at home. I'm very happy with the result.
That's my favourite knife and some of my favourite ingredients for my favourite French recipes. It was taken today on my back patio with the overcast/rainy weather providing nice light. It's not the world's best still life setup, but I was concentrating on literally dozens of technical…Continue
I'm terribly sorry I had such a long break from here... I was completely bogged-down with work (a very heavy workload until recently!) and PhD-related stuff. Now I've got a reasonable schedule again!
Sadly, my gardening efforts were almost a complete failure last year. I had to grow stuff in pots because of the hard clay, and I think the cheap potting mix, combined with my lack of skill, contributed to my garden's demise. I had pickling onions grow ok, but they unfortunately…Continue
Made this for dinner - waiting for my own onions (still a long time away!)
Chop a handful of big onions up and whack into a pot with a bit of oil
Add a couple of big pinches of salt and pepper
Add a few big handfuls of chopped mushrooms
Add sage to taste
Smoosh some garlic cloves with the side of your knife and add to the pot
Cook on medium with lid on for about 30 mins until onions are deep brown
Add chicken stock (I couldn't make my…Continue
It feels like I've made a lot of progress now. I am now currently growing:
and planted today:
I've just been to Bunnings and added some seeds to my stash... Now I have:
I've finally got a little bit of time off work so I'm trying to convert that time into future food as efficiently as I can. I've spent today driving around for other people, so two hours ago I seized the last of the day for myself and planted onions and spinach in pots. I also managed to get some other pots full of potting mix ready for tomorrow, and I hope to go find some chicken wire somewhere (anyone know any good places?) to fence off my "garden" from the dogs.
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!
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…Continue
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…Continue
I just saw "Jamie Oliver's 30 Minute Meals" on TV. I really liked his "Jamie At Home" series where he grew his own vegetables and cooked next to his garden.
This show tonight had a nice cucumber salad - guess who's going shopping for cucumber seeds :-) There was also some nice jasmine rice and a thai red prawn curry.
I was just at BCF and bought some hickory sawdust for my hot smoker for $7. I plan on smoking some meat, but the exciting thing is that I'm going to grow some chillies and smoke those to make chipotle. :-)
Another family member accidentally put Lissa's chillies in the vegetable crisper not knowing I wanted to grow them. Has this now destroyed the ability to use the seeds?
I checked today and the flowers have doubled in size, the spinach has sprouted, and one garlic has sent up a green shoot as well. :-)
Now all I have to do is plant the chilli Lissa gave me, and transfer the midyim and eggplant seedlings she gave me as well :-)
I went to visit Lissa today to pick up my Midyim berry seedlings and got the grand tour around her garden. She told me on the phone she's a "bit of a newbie" but when I arrived, I saw raised beds, mature fruit trees, and a whole lot of impressive plants :-)
Vanessa was also kind enough to give me some pots to re-use the other day.
They are both profoundly nice people :-) Thanks so much!
Wow, I can't believe it! I planted a pot of mixed flowers and they have already sprouted! Some plants are 2cm tall already!
Also, Vanessa was wonderfully kind enough to let me recycle a few of her old plastic pots, so when I get some time today, I'm planting more stuff!
Oh, and I was just out in my "garden" in the rain, and it was still fun! In fact, I liked getting wet! I'm off to have a hot shower, nick off to the library to borrow a book, then write a…Continue
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I found two more pots hidden away on a shelf and used them to plant some garlic cloves straight out of the kitchen. I planted four cloves of white Australian garlic, and four cloves of some I got from Food Connect a while ago - it's white inside, but the skin is not white, but also not really purple, so I'm not sure which type it is. Oh well!
After reading up on garlic (AFTER planting it!) I found out I probably didn't plant them deep enough. A website said to plant them…Continue
I actually got some seeds from Bunnings (Lettuce, onion, spinach, garlic chives, and some flowers) and 200L of potting mix ($3/25L bag!). I have no idea about what I'm doing with the seeds (just chose what I like, mostly the Mr Fothergills brand) but I at least got started and I'm just hoping my ability to follow the instructions on the packet is ok :-)
I took the dog for a walk to the creek behind my place, and once he'd finished swimming, I filled up the few pots I have…Continue
I'm looking to buy some cheap (used?) pots hopefully tomorrow (Sat April 22). Does anyone have any tips where to look?
I've seriously got the growing bug and while I'm making up my mind how to make my big beds, I want to get something into the dirt so I can get my hands dirty :-) I've also now got only a week off work and want to maximise my time in the (non-existent) garden :-)
Any tips for what to plant now…