Meals this month have been inspired by whatever has been harvested from the Country Garden. And with a variety of tomato types, purple congo potatoes, green and purple beans, and many other yummy vegies, the dishes have generally been very colourful as well!
Masses of tomatoes and capsicums has seen many portions of Slow Roasted Tomato and Capsicum Sauce produced for the freezer, as well as some Melanzane (pickled eggplant); Beetroot and Walnut Pesto; Basil and Cashew Pesto; Liz's Sambal Oelek; and some Sweet Chilli Jam.
The latest electricity bill for the City Garden revealed a stunning 66% reduction in power usage compared to last year! I'm looking forward to continuing to work on it over winter.
Another month of 100% of vegies eaten being grown in the Country Garden!
We have been harvesting potato, leek, capsicum, lettuce, rocket, sorrel, tomatoes, eggplant, silverbeet, beetroot, carrots, cucumber, green and purple beans, rhubarb, raspberries, a few blueberries, a watermelon, a pumpkin, the last of the zucchini, spaghetti squash, corn and lots of herbs.
I held a "mini exhibition" for my workmates of a work-in-progress photography project I've been working on over the last few months. My commute to work has been huge, and so I took to keeping my camera out, and while stuck in heavy traffic, often in early morning or late afternoon when the light is at its most beautiful, I started to look up and photograph the sky and interesting images such as hot-air balloons going over. I realised that there's a lot going on above those endless traffic jams!
I've been slowly reading Germaine Greer's book "White Beech" about her experience trying to rejuvenate a property in southern Queensland with some important remnant rainforest. And for lighter moments I've been reading Sally Wise's "A Year on the Farm", a journal-style book packed with preserving recipes and tips for just about every possible thing you might ever consider preserving.
Not much on this one this month, but I did find a copy of my all-time favourite gardening book, Lolo Houbein's "One Magic Square" in a second-hand bookshop that I'm currently doing a Giveaway for here if you'd like to join in.
Several fantastic gigs were very much enjoyed in March. And some of the people from our Permaculture PDC group caught up to discuss what we'd all been up to since the course last year. It stimulated some great passionate conversations.
I hope you had a great March. Don't forget to click on the link below to check out what everyone else has been up to.