Garlic harvest!

So, here is our second garlic harvest. We scored the purple garlic from the Newtown Farmers Market, and planted out about 50 last year. This year we planted a lot more, and hope to do three times that next year. We did two patches – one had better heads than the other, and this was…

A Grand Design : For Chickens!

Here’s our chicken tractor being built. Its ugly, but I vowed to make it out of stuff we had lying around at all costs. It will have another 3 triangles that will clip or bolt to this coop, so they will have a nice big run. Should be easy enough for the 3 of us…

Dont buy Chinese garlic… ever!

Chinese garlic is sprayed with pesticides AND its resprayed to get it past quarantine. It isn’t half as nice as purple garlic grown here and if you can grow it yourself that’s even better. Its expensive to buy here because the crops are often weeded by hand and take a fair bit of maintenance. If…

The Problem with Excess

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.W. Somerset Maugham I like this quote. Perhaps this is why I over indulge – more wine please, more chilli – more other nice things :). Maybe it does relieve the tedium of the working week. That’s merely an excuse,…

Kiss my aaaaaaaaaaaaa-rtichokes

Sorry for the lame joke, but you have to blame Wallace and Grommit for that one. No one seems to know what to do with these guys, but I find them so easy to grow, a great windbreak, perfect for collecting snails (yum for ducks!), and really tasty. Just get a sharp knife and cut…

Woke up in the morning got a yearning for ‘erb

So. Beaker303 can’t eat vinegar… there goes most store bought dips. No cheese. WTF does he put in sanga for work? I’m trying an oregano pesto with fresh garlic, pepitas, olive oil, parsley, lemon, salt, pepper, and maybe a bit of ricotta… the only cheese he can eat. I figure it will double as a…

Fig Jam.

Last year we planted twenty figs. About ten lived…. just. I can’t walk along the rows without feeling sad and find the best strategy is to go la la la la la whenever Beaker303 says something like ‘not looking good’ despite my protestations to not say anything at all. Maybe I should face reality…. some…

Baby baby baby…. fruit.

This morning I walked around the garden in the early sunshine and was getting overly excited about ickle fruits on the trees….. baby apricots, baby quinces, baby nectarines, baby plums… you get the idea. I’ve been instagramming them and any fruitophobe followers must have ditched me as I dropped a few followers. Hey – anyone…

Broad bean fever

Next season I’m going to grow twenty times more broad beans. Beaker303 has hay fever and is limiting about a zillion foods. This morning I made him smashed broad beans with olive oil, lemon juice and parsley on sourdough… yum. I sat and shelled an armful in the sunshine… 30 degrees today! …. and had…