|The calm before the storm.......|
So with warnings in place, I knew not to plan any gardening activities for today. The morning has been spent processing the windfalls of Thursday. While it storms outside, I cook up a storm inside. I have dehydrated 10 trays of basil leaves (onto the third lot of 5 trays, with several more to go). We will have a nice supply of dried basil to last the winter through. 5 full-packed trays yeilds a mere quarter of a cupful of dehydrated and crushed leaves, so although I am drying heaps of leaves, I end up with seemingly very little for my efforts! On the plus side, a good heaped teaspoon of dried leaf basil is all that is needed to impart the taste of summer to a winter pasta sauce.
|The basil seems to have appreciated the cooler and wetter|
summer conditions more than their companion tomatoes!
|An abundance of yellow cling peaches awaiting the the arrival|
of some sunshine to ripen up on the tree, wait in vain.
|Our heritage sweetcorn, small but juicy. Corn needs a long,|
hot and dry summer.
|Harvested and bottled dill pickles (left)|
and a mix of yellow and purple beans (right)
|Easy peasy flat bread with sun-dried tomatoes|
Easy Peasy Flatbread/Pizza base recipe
3 cups self-raising flour (I add 1 tspn baking powder per cup of ordinary organic flour)
1/2 cup sunflower or olive oil
1 cup luke warm water
Throw all ingredients into a tight-lidded plastic container and shake it up vigourously for about a minute. Pat into a round shape, press a knuckle into the dough to create depressions. Drizzle olive oil, coarse sea salt and sesame seeds on top. Bake for 15 mins @ 180deg. C.
Changing spaces: now that the elderberry has been taken out, it frees up heaps of space for the overcrowded trees behind. I plan to plant blueberries in it's place. Blueberries don't grow to the gigantic proportions of the elderberry, and require little attention other than picking and netting in summer. They are also wonderful immune boosters. Talking of immune boosters, our apple Monty's Surprise is a New Zealand heritage apple that is reported to hold the most nutritious cornocopia of antioxidants than most apples. They grow to 750grams, some the size of a small pumpkin!!
So it's been a busy day cooking up a whirlwind of preserves! After stewing fruit, making jam and fresh bread (machine made), and rice and dahl for supper, me thinks 'tis time to retire. Phew! Now it's time to put me feet up, and watch a movie or two! Tomorrow's a day of seed sowing by the lunar calendar. And probably some clean up after this raging storm outside.
|The Chook Chick at work|
|The chooks get transported all around the garden to do|
work for their own pleasure
|The spent strawberry patch makes a nice foraging patch for the|
chooks, who can safely scratch and eat all the snails, slugs and
bugs sheltering in the enclosure. Awesome pest control.
|Having cleared under the pear tree, the chooks are placed in|
temporary enclosures for a couple of hours to clean up any
pests in the soil surrounding the tree.
|Chaos........ the elderberry is taken up, releasing some airflow |
and sun aspect to the fence hugging feijoa and orange trees.
|7 jars of green cling peaches, with added frozen summer berries|
to add colour and interest completed this afternoon
|Monty's Surprise Apple way bigger than my hand|
|6 jars of Beetroot relish made mid-week - turns any bland sandwich|
into a gourmet treat!
|This mornings bottling session - 5 apple pulp bottles and|
6 of stewed peaches (one includes pear pieces).