Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How Quickly a Seed Grows

These seeds were planted two days ago!
It seems as if there is a race between the rocket and cress for first place,
then in third place is the lettuce, followed by rosella and beetroot.
It seems this warm humid weather in QLD is hurrying things along.
I am noticing other things in the garden have gone crazy after the few lightning
storms we had recently. Coincidence? Perhaps not, as I was told today that lightning puts Nitrogen into the soil and promotes growth...I may need to see the science on this.
Well the rain and sunshine has certainly helped I know that for a fact.
We have QLD Arrowroot popping up new shoots and cucumbers on the vine now.
I fear we may wake up one morning only to discover we are cocooned in vines! 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Fermented Vegetables

 I have read about people fermenting vegetables (old style), 
ones handpicked from their gardens,
so I decided to try my first ferment with some beetroot.
It has been 3 days and so far so good (no crazy happenings that is).
I used celtic sea salt and distilled water along with 
organic beets, orange peel and ginger.
Fingers crossed, because we will have a lot of vegetables reading for the picking 
and I don't want to waste a thing.  
Some of the old ways of doing things are great aren't they!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

What we are Eating

Beetroot and lettuce from our garden of course.
Delicious, organic, fresh, homegrown goodness.
We have enough lettuce for a meal every few nights and we had lovely roasted
baby beets the other day.
Green tiger tomatoes have been steadily providing and we have 
an abundance of basil.
Now what to do with all that basil?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Learning about Amaranth


Today as we looked closely at the Amaranth (yes I figured it out finally)
we noticed some seeds coming off, so off to do some research now
on how and when to collect and how to use this high protein, gluten free grain.
I believe it is popped in Mexico and mixed with honey as a treat!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Homemade Candied Orange


I made these a while back to put in a decadent almond orange cake
 and was quite happy with the result, so I thought it would be perfect 
in this years Christmas puddings.
Quite simple to make, first I found organic oranges
 (because we use the skin and don't want any nasties)
then peeled them trying to get as little white pith as possible,
then boiled/simmered them for 15mins, drained, and repeated this two more times.
Finally I added some caster sugar and just enough water to cover them 
and simmered until there was no liquid left basically.
I then decided to put them in the warmed oven, on fan only, to dry out,
 and this is what I ended up with...
Some of the really thin ones were very crispy and sweet, 
others were not quite so delectable but nevertheless perfect for the puddings.
Now to soak all the fruit!

Tomato Allsorts



Our tomatoes are looking great, all shapes and sizes coming on, 
the only problem is...the labels are gone so I don't know what is what.
Oh well, we shall know soon enough I guess.
Every day bring a surprise to the garden for us to discover.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Corn is Coming!

How exciting!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Note on Nasturtiums

Before starting this garden I had a vague idea about Nasturtiums, however
I had no idea that they were such great 'value'!
We can use the delicate petals to add a burst of colour to salads or as a garnish, 
the leaves can be eaten apparently and I personally think they taste a bit like 
watercress...peppery?
We can even make pest tea and pesto with these leaves!!
It is good to have a Nasturtium plant close by too when we scratch ourselves 
in the garden because the leaves have antibacterial properties 
and can simply be crushed and put on the cut.
They are great for attracting the good bugs, which eat the bad bugs, 
which eat our food, and they are fantastic at looking after our 
pumpkin and cucumber plants...


Three cheers for Nasturtiums, good bugs and homegrown pumpkins 
that are shy cutie pies.
(well I hope the bug below is a good fellow?)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bedroom Storage

After a trip to IKEA we have some storage furniture for our bedroom, 
it won't be this bare for long!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Open Kitchen Shelves

Making use of the wall space in the kitchen,
we have put up some IKEA Lack shelves to store some odds and ends 
and a succulent in an old saucepan for some greenery.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Front Entry Before and After

 This is our front entry now the door has changed and lets in heaps more light.
We are planning on removing the kookaburras at a later date 
and putting in clear glass, but they can stay a bit longer.
The other wall has photos now.

 The before photo...

Old Cases

 I am liking the old cases and toolboxes that are around at the present!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Secondhand Craft Cupboard


This is what we use for our paints,craft etc...nice and tidy!
Picked up from a local secondhand shop, goes with the old fireplace I think.

Island Bench

The beginnings of the Kitchen Island Bench.

Fresh from the Garden

I never realised roses were so forgiving. 
This rose came from a bush that was hacked out of the front garden, cut back
and put into the orchard (I didn't think it would survive), but now look what we have!
And this week we have had enough lettuce to feed the whole family for dinner...yum.