I'm looking at buying a juicer - for apples, pineapples, etc. Does anyone have one they can recommend (or specifically NOT recommend)? Mid price range is good.
The contents of the new you-beaut ring-pull cans of Carnation Evaporated Milk seemed to me to be a bit runnier than in the old types, so I had a look on the side of the can. to see if they'd changed the concentration. Well, no indication as to whether they had or they hadn't, but what I did see was 'MADE IN MEXICO". Had a bit of a fossick around on the web to see if I could find evaporated milk made in Australia, but all I could find was stuff made in Lithuania. Surely we can do better than…Continue
Last time we blog-interacted I was talking up the pleasures of cardboard as a garden mulch. As of today it looks something like this:
I may be a registered member of the Mulch Supporters Club but I never understood the Permaculture fetish for wet paper.
More trouble than it's worth.
Laying out the beds at the Vetiver plantation sure enamoured me to cardboard as a mulch understory and now it looks like I'm addicted.
Cardboard, after all, is mashed up wood chips...and it's available any and everywhere. More so, in fact, than newspaper.
So I started using cardboard keenly and experimentally in the…Continue
I thought I had at least 2 cups of bean flour. So, I bravely started the next experiment. For some reason, I went onto Turkish bread. I love the stuff and I was too lazy to do mashed potato first. After getting the yeast ready, I discovered I in fact was down to 1 last cup of bean flour. So, 1 bean flour to 4 wheat/bakers' flour. The good news is that it worked - I thought very well. …Continue
Added by Andrew Cumberland on May 12, 2021 at 23:17 — No Comments
So, using the flour to make pancakes worked perfectly well. It is slightly nutty but a very nice flavour indeed. I added just a touch of mashed potato, pinch of baking powder and some salt and sugar. I think I could increase the salt slightly, thicken the batter and use it as a flat bread. Test one seemed to be a complete success - even by harsh Rozie standards. …Continue
You are looking at three versions of home grown and made flour from the tiny city farm. Hulled, part-hulled and unfilled. I'll cook three muffins for taste comparison. I used Madagascar beans to make it. I'm also going to try with pigeon peas. This is a big part of my self sufficient jigsaw filled in. …Continue
It's happening! I've organised my friendly local treeloppers to come this week and raze the vast majority of the garden and trees from our front garden area to begin it's transformation into the start of my Zone 1. I plan to spread the mulch from the trees removed over the space and layer it with cardboard and newspaper from our move, and let it soak in for a month or so.
As a result, I was thinking of having a working bee in June for anyone who is interested to…Continue
April is always the best time outback. The transition is palpable and you get more opportunities to spend time relating to the dirt because the days are no longer so darn hot.
I'm in the process of reducing my veg garden size -- that is the plots for annuals -- by engineering some efficiency changes via group and intense plantings. I'm also culling my plantings by staggering them more.
I have expanded the chook pen yet again, which now encompasses the Vetiver nursery. That's…Continue
Well what a month: torrential rain with 34 degree days -> aka "summer" vs 19 degree days and really cool -> Aka Autumn/Winter. I know this is pretty much par for the course in April but seriously!! Where did these last few days of heat come from?
I have had a very busy time up at the farm. We went up over easter and lucky we did as it was raining and we realised the van was leaking! So I came back home for two days and was up there again Tuesday…Continue
anyone grow cucamelons and dig the tubers out for next seasons growth- just reading about doing it - but we never seem to have trouble getting them to grow if left in the ground ... any ideas ?
You do one thing and that suggests another in way of flow on. What with the change in the weather and my collection of seedlings I've been out back making things happen.
Maybe I'll add some photos tomorrow when it is daylight...but my garden is a sea of fluro bamboo stakes like these shown right.
part two of three parts of Hill top farm - our name for our 5 acres features tomorrow morning 9 30am as a virtual tour ( part one was June last year and available on youtube ) if anyone is interested in viewing ... some really informative videos available for backyard gardeners of all sizes and even a market gardener
hi everyone - have had a sabbatical from garden groups for a year or so - Life was just too hectic - will try to post some photos of what Col has been up to - solar drier made from a recycled bar fridge,works well when the sun shines ,made dried banans ,pineapples, papaya, jerky salt and vinegar cucmbers and dragonfruit ... 250 slot aquaponics set up - still perfecting growth, green leafies prosper - indoor garden wall that includes ;lots of herbs , cheese press made for cheese making ,…Continue
Little update - been making soap from scraps, apple cider vinegar from scraps, leaving the veg patch to fallow over the summer, had some volunteers and abandoned veg come through, cosmos and zinnias gone while, many weeds up the block, pressure canning adventures (so far applesauce, tomatoes and chickpeas), mulching, chopping down old gross banna groves and staining my pants, making dog biscuits, watching my native trees grow bigger, looking after the chooks :) …Continue
Hi all, welcome to march in my garden,
I have been inspired by Andy's shed wars to keep a log of everything that we eat that is coming out of the garden. My goal is to do 1 month but i've already done my first week and want to share what we are eating. The tally stands at 19 eggs, 400g Trombonccino/zucchini, 400g eggplant, 110g chilli, 300g Tomato, 200g figs, 1.6kg Banana, 1.2 kg paw paw, 350g Asparagus, 200g beans, 300g cucumber, 100g spring onion, 200g lemonade, 20g…Continue
So I had to bury her deep so that the dogs didn't dig her up.
See! the chickens round the gate
For their morning portion wait;
Fill the basket from the store,
Let us open wide the door;
Throw out crumbs…