Taking the milkcrate garden to another level. And more delights working with cardboard in the vegey patch.…Continue
so for the past 12 months or so we have been quiet on the visiting etc front - health issues , covid etc . just as i was getting up steam to do Valeries visit bang accident at work - no driving for 5 months at least - so staying still has been challenging ( was threatened by doc with hospitalisation and tied to the bed) gardening with one arm has been a challenge but the garden elf has been busy as usual mostly helping others but did get the ne strawberry garden nearly finished and yes i…Continue
Today was a very good day despite being hungover and feeling the excesses of the previous night. I went to Valeries garden visit and it was wonderful to see everyone again - I have missed the visits. I then came home, had a nap and then played in the garden in the warm afternoon.
Spring has well and truly sprung in my yard. I’m already harvesting…
I'm therefore sentenced to potting around outback. Mind you, I gotta make a list of what is to be done?
Otherwise, I won't build a head of steam and I need to last to the end of the week outdoors, outback, quarantined at home...
And such gardening weather!…Continue
I just couldn’t face the chaos that work would have been today so I took a mental health day…Continue
Horrendusly lucky in that my partner and I might buy a house in the next year or two. Have experience with small veggie patches in various rentals. However we are currently in a unit, and I'm missing it.
Therefore I'm attempting to garden vivaciouly via spreadsheet. Help me. Please? :)
ABOUT THE NON-GARDEN:
Probably a small suburban yard. We work full time, so anything that can't be eaten gets zero attention, but obviously edible things will get some care. Might get chooks…
We clean-picked our mandarin tree this morning, and have three boxes of mandarins - all ripe - they wouldn't hang on the tree much longer.
If anyone would like some, please let me know. I can't hang on to them for long, as they are quite ripe.
Taro is probably one of the most versatile plants on earth! However it is one that you have to know how how to grow it, how to harvest it, how to store the different bits of it and how to prepare it and how to cook it and then lastly how to eat it. It is a complex plant but worth it if you master it as it is a complete plant that nothing is wasted.
To start with planting moist or wet soil, almost boggy preferably, make a hole as deep as the size you want your taro to be then stick…Continue
I have a milk crate LEGO garden where I grow my herbs.
It works a treat.
Since I wanted to explore the grow bag experience for growing tubers -- especially Sweet Potatoes -- I've tweaked the milk crate + weedmat system to engineer a deeper soil trough to accommodate underground tuber development.
Here's the DIY.…Continue
Well last blog was 2 years ago, where shall I start?
One season at a time.
In late February, I dug out the taro for what looked like a promising result… or not. Well, I mean that plant was almost bigger than me. I since then dug out more and gave it a final taste try to decide that it is definitely not a…Continue
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