Recipe for Preserved Lemons

lemons-1

Here is my Preserved Lemons recipe that I was talking about with Anne-Marie Middlemast on ABC Local Radio recently.

You’ll need;

10-12 Lemons

220g coarse sea salt

4 fresh bay leaves

2 cinnamon sticks

Cold water

Sterilized jar

Squeeze the juice from 6 lemons into a bowl. Cut a deep cross into the top of the remaining lemons, cutting almost, but not all the way, down to the bottom of each lemon (making sure they are still joined at the bottom).

Sprinkle a tablespoon of salt inside each cut lemon then push the halves back together and place in the jar. Layer the remaining salt, bay leaves and cinnamon sticks between the lemons. Keep doing this until you reach the top of the jar. Pour the remainder lemon juice and top up with water. Seal and keep in a dark, cool place and after a month they’ll be ready to go!

June in the garden

Winter is a time to rest, but there are still a few things you can do in your veggie patch to make sure the produce doesn’t slow down too much too.

Clean up around the garden by removing dead or diseased growth. Collect leaves for your compost and sharpen your blades for some pruning. We prune our fruit trees in winter to continue to get a quality crop on a manageable tree size.  When pruning cut branches that are competing against each other, open up the framework and don’t forget the safety glasses. Also note to self, don’t prune when you are in a bad mood and take off too many branches. read more…

Organic ways to beat garden pests.

Permaculture is all about living more sustainably and creating a site that caters for the needs of all its inhabitants…including the cunning, clever pests! I’m more than happy to work with mother nature, oppose to against it, but when it comes to sharing my hard earned work with these little creatures, I simply can’t roll over that easily.  So here is a list of ways to prevent, deter and hopefully keep garden pests off your produce, using no chemicals. Keep an eye on this list and pest problems can change seasonally and I would love to hear any of your tips too! read more…

Magical moment in the garden

Look at these little beauties – after 3 year’s this has been the best Almond harvest yet!

 

Harvest is not only a time to celebrate our hard work by eating what we’ve grown, but it’s also a special time that brings people together. After harvesting all our stone fruit I invited my friend and her mother to come and help me make some spicy fruit chutney. Women sitting around a table preparing food is nothing new, but what I discovered today changed my understanding of just how powerful it can be. read more…

Sow and Eat Now…

 

It’s been a great season and a walk through our patch see’s zucchinis’, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, potatoes, broccoli, kale, strawberries, raspberries, currants and a couple of 2 year old pear and apple tree’s. Unlike their sisters in the chook run who didn’t give us fruit for the first 2 years these guys have loved being espaliered next to the veg and we are looking forward to tasting their hard work. read more…

Happy Harvest Happy Heart…

We started our summer fruit harvest on the weekend and after the crazy storm on Friday night there were some casualties. Seeing fruit, looking lifeless on the ground being infested by a colony of bugs and insects that I’ve never seen before, is to be honest quite heart wrenching. Like children what you put in you get out so I’m comfortable to say, with hand on my heart, I love these tree’s. I planted them with my hands,  I feed them, I keep them clean and trimmed, I check them regularly and I know that one day I will have to face the fact that I may have to say goodbye to them. read more…

How to keep your fruit and vegetables cool in summer.

 

Its February in Central Victoria and I’m feeling the heat now my first born is at school, and so is my garden. I’m not sure which tribe of mum I belong to, but if there is one  group that caters for sweaty, anxious hysterical mother’s, then I think I’ve passed that initiation.  Nearly every day this week its hit over 30 degree’s  and when your waiting for the school bell, smiling at strangers and your Havaianas are about to melt, there’s not much else to talk about than the obvious weather.  Needless to say I cant avoid  these weather conditions but I might be able to help your garden with a few tips to keep your plants cool and to ensure your produce keep’s coming. read more…