Monday, March 31, 2014

DIY Pizza Oven Works



The Wood fired oven sits on a solid concrete benchtop and produces delicious meals.
We have tried pizza and breads, meats, vegetables and fruits and all are fabulous.
What did we do without one?
There are finishing touches to be made to our outdoor cooking area, 
but so far it gets the big tick of approval.





Building the Chicken House


A home for the Chickens.
We decided on using the (not working) oven for an entry door...
Now all we have to do is teach the chickens to turn on the knob, open the door, hop in the pot and roast themselves!
Just kidding of course, these chickens will be treated well and in return give us plenty of eggs.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Best Performers so Far

 Watermelons have definitely produced well this year, even after a dry summer they are still providing us with a third crop! But we can't forget the passionfruit we grew from seed, the ones that are covering the side of the shed and now flowering...amazing! If we can get a crop of tasty fruit this year, it will be our garden success story. (ps. the bees were pollinating a few days ago)

 Even though the Mulberry tree isn't fruiting, it has certainly grown a plenty.
 A rockmelon has started growing on the edge of the driveway.
The green zebra tomato has been the best producer and tastiest out of our 4 varieties we put in. It seems the inconsistent water and the heat have troubled the crop.

 Chard and Spinach are doing well and as for the flowers, well our sunflower seeds have produced some small sunny faces.
But the roses are simply fighters and truly beautiful.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Homemade Rosella Jam

 This is such a beautiful plant and the jam is delicious!
Recently our Rosella bush went crazy with growth and fruit, so I found a recipe and made some jam. The first time I made it, I followed the proportions correctly and it set perfectly, however the second batch was runny, but useful in other ways I am sure.
 Such pretty flowers.

Lovely ruby red jam.
Definitely a worthy addition to the garden.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Outdoor Kitchen Pizza Oven

We are up to our ears in sand, concrete and bricks.
This is the beginnings of our pizza/clay oven, which will take centre place
in our new outdoor kitchen area.
Handsome hubby built the base and made a concrete bench 
for everything to sit on and when all the mess is cleared, a Teppanyaki style hotplate
will fit in the cutout...how exciting!

 There will be some timber slats going up to hide the tank 
and perhaps a green wall with herbs for easy pickings. 
I am thinking of gravel for flooring, for ease of cleaning.
Next step, playing with clay to make the dome.