Late at posting, late at planting.. This summer has really taken it out of me (& the garden). Haven't started by autumn sowings yet so am wondering whether would be better off postponing the GV a month or two til I have a bit more to show for it... hmm?
Feb 2017 harvest:
- Eggplant, Black Market 1kg
- Pumpkin, Jap 14.7kg (4)
- Spring Onions 4
- Zucchini, Black Jack 50g (1)
- Baby Carrots 185g
- Sweet Potato 4.3kg
- Herbs: Parsley, oregano, chives
Thank goodness for the volunteer pumpkins, is all I can say! Some got cracked open a bit (is this from water like tomatoes?). This one above was 4kg :)
I left some of the eggplants a little too long - so have made a point of picking early!
Been making a lovely soup with them roasted in the oven in olive oil, then with some ground ginger, ground allspice and milk and/or sour cream, blended. then with dollop of s/cream or yoghurt on top with lots of cracked pepper and fresh chopped spring onions :)
More pumpkins and eggplants! This:
More lovely baby carrots, must sow more!
I think my trouper zukes have finally given up for the summer. One of the plants has heroically retired/collapsed.
Starting to notice the different bugs and weeds coming and going with the seasons. At the moment there are lots of crickets and grasshoppers. The Cobbler’s Pegs that were finding there way into my socks (even after washing) have started to die down. Still trying to tackle the long grass from xmas break.
Sowed some rocket seeds that sprouted and dried out in the same day; waiting for milder weather. Rockmelon and cucumber seedlings are doing ok though. Planted a beauregard SP to add to the mix.
Had some casualties this summer: the bush lemon gave up as did the new pepino L Even my SP got attacked all over by some bugs – little holes everywhere.
Very little work on the garden all summer, had withdrawal symptoms. Even from Gardening Australia not being on air (I think they start again this weekend). Dream Gardens has been intereresting but a bit too $$ to be accessible and not enough edible gardening.
Need more work conditioning the soil for the year. Got some horse manure and built a big pile layered with grass clippings. Hopefully will stay moist enough to turn into compost.
Was lucky enough to get a massive 200kg sugar cane mulch bale for $65 from Capalaba Produce. Was fun getting it in/out/to stay in the ute, I can tell you ahhaha. I have mulched a few garden beds and have barely put a dent in it!
Found this Pineapple at the market - couldn't not! I've been able to get a dozen pups out of it!! Wouldn't that be the best $2 investment ever if they were all to fruit :)
Check out this flowering Native Thyme - so pretty!
First New Guinea Bean (aka the faux tromb)
My beautiful corn salad flowers that give me so much joy around the garden:
I must be spending more time in kitchen to avoid the heat outside. Lemon & ginger kombucha:
Been trying different sourdough recipes – still not quite happy with the bestest one. I did like the crust on this one - used a lot more flour than I was used to during the kneading process.
Still not too satisfied I decided to run some experiments to see what's happening with the feeding of the sourdough starter. There are so many variables involved: what and when to feed, how long to ferment dough, let alone cooking temp and times!
Experiment 1 - Feeding sourdough starter
All have total weight of 100g (S:F:W) and are at room temp
Old school line graph :) :
Summary of findings:
- more starter means quickest to peak
- more flour, more sustained peak (i.e. peaks for longer, even if later starting)
- more water, slower peak, lower final mark
- peak point: between 3-7 hours
- To fully "activate" starter (roughly double in size and nice and bubbly), you need about 3+ hours but 12 hours (i.e. morning for evening) is too late - the bubbles will burst and start caving in!This must be why recipes call for 2nd feed soon after 1st feed.
Stay tuned next month for Experiments with dough :)
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