Broadbeans at 40cm...
- Onion, banana and citrus peels and egg shells which the worms don’t like, my husband has noticed their taste over time.
- Animal products (meat, dairy...)
Clearly, the compost and worm farm are dirty things, full of rotting matter, but create wonderful things for the garden.ABC Gardening estimates 300kg of waste per household per year can be saved through composting and for us, it has resulted in lower financial costs for gardening, with less bought fertilizer required for the garden due to the worm juice (I estimate ~$90/year, using seasol in lieu of worm juice, fortnightly application to veggie patch only) and bought soil not required for our recent new garden bed addition (~$90 for bagged soil as we don’t have a trailer to bring in unbagged soil from landscape supply centre).
- Ask gardening friends for help, including trying to get some ages compost or worm castings to use
- Mark out a small area to use in the sunshine, probably making a raised garden bed with lumber either from the hardware shop (recently, this has cost us $36 for a bed 2.4 x 1.2 m) , making sure it is suitable for vegetable patches, cobbling it together with brackets that you can hammer into the corners.
- Failing that, I’d do something in some containers, anything with holes in the bottom will do at a pinch…
- Fill in the bed or containers with soil from a landscape supply centre (ring around for best cost – if in trailer and unbagged, you can make big savings).
- Plant for winter, choosing from:
- Water in if not raining but in this weather should look after itself, throw on coffee grinds daily to reduce the incidence of snail attack and sit back, watch it grow and wait to enjoy the spoils in no time at all.
It is ok to just have a go in the garden, vegetable gardening can have great rewards.
Sometimes it doesn't work and that is ok too. In the heavy and unusual rain this year, I 've found some mushrooms growing in the veggie beds, that aren't supposed to be there and are most likely poisonous. Given that until that last few months, we have struggled with water supply, lugging water from the bath to the patch, this amount of damp is a tad disturbing. Around the corner from us, a gardener grew bananas on his banana tree for the first time in 20 years! They didn't grow to full size but it shows what an incredible change in weather we are seeing in 2011.
Spot the mushroom?
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- Fry onion over medium heat until golden brown (3 minutes),
- Add carrots, and spices, tomato paste and then lentils
- Add stock and cover and simmer for 20 minutes
- Serve, with a dollop of yoghurt to mix through…
- Fry up leeks for ~5 minutes or until golden, (a spoonful of butter can help to reduce the chance of the leeks burning if your attention wanders and the pot is not stirred regularly in this time)
- Add in sweet potato and chickpeas, heat through for a minute.
- Then add stock, and cover, simmering for 30 minutes and serve with chopped parsley and parmesan if desired.