From Karen K. Brees, the author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Preserving Food"
One of the most aggravating situations is finding you're out of a certain ingredient when you're already committed to the recipe. Sometimes, though, you've got a satisfactory substitution at hand. It just takes a little know-how...
Out of baking powder? Make your own with 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar plus 1/4 teaspoon baking soda.
Out of sour cream?… Continue
Added by James Samuel on June 3, 2009 at 4:30am —
Well, its been raining but its still warm. The vege's are growing and keeping well ahead of what we can pick and eat. This means some are starting the reproductive cycle and going to seed. Pak Choy have have such lovely yellow flowers it seemed a shame to pull them out so I've left them there to add some colour. The leeks are growing well and have started to fatten up. The courgette plants are still producing albeit rather slowly.
Added by Mark on June 2, 2009 at 7:13pm —
june, its my birthday chooks arn't laying so had to buy eggs to make my own bd cake.
just started dubble digging number three vegy plot. (not a frase you hear so much nowadays but i cant afford raised beds and we have 6 inches of top soil before you hit clay) big tree is now mostly down and spread like a big tree jigsaw across the grass whilst i cut it into lumps for next years fire wood.All the council asked was that we grow a new native some where on the plot. and i am curently trying to… Continue
Added by John Howard on June 2, 2009 at 11:53am —
By Paul Knigsnorth
Your compost heap can be an untapped powerhouse of energy, says Paul Kingsnorth - it's just a matter of learning to harness it
I am writing this in the depths of winter. Snow is forecast for tomorrow. I haven’t been down to my allotment for a while: there’s not much to do there, other than pick… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on June 1, 2009 at 10:51pm —
By DOMINIQUE BROWNING
This spring a young man’s — and woman’s — fancy should turn to vegetables. Judging by the new batch of garden books, we’re creeping into a back-to-the-land movement, rather like what happened in the 1970s but without the macramé. Yet — we’ll soon be making plant holders. Again. This being America,… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on June 1, 2009 at 6:16pm —
See the two photos...Today I cleared a small patch of bean and pean remains and some old tomato plants and spread chicken manure thickly. It will weather in the next 2/3 months and be ready for corn planting in the spring.
Added by Robyn Wolfe on June 1, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Experts say the surge in interest home gardening can be attributed to several factors: the burgeoning local foods movement, the downturn in the economy and increased concern about food safety. They say that the trend began last year but has intensified in 2009. According to the South Burlington, Vt.-based National Gardening Association, 7 million more households plan to grow herbs, berries, fruits or vegetables this year, a 19 percent jump. In 2008, the number of households with gardens… Continue
Added by Mark Fowler on June 1, 2009 at 7:09am —
Meeting for anyone interested in permaculture.
in Te Teko- Bay of Plenty
Sat 30, Sun 31 May and Mon 1 June
getting together with other people involved in permaculture and sharing knowledge, news and skills
all who are interested and available to come. Guests
are David Holmgren
(co-founder of permaculture design and Hakai Tane
- who brought permaculture to New Zealand 31 years ago.
Added by Jo Pearsall on May 30, 2009 at 7:30pm —
Dug up the second plant of yakon - 4.5kg! It also produced five more pieces to plant again.
Added by Robyn Wolfe on May 29, 2009 at 4:26pm —
[Image: The King's Vineyard, London, by Soonil Kim, one of many projects featured in London Yields: Urban Agriculture].
One of the many benefits of being in London this week is that I get to stop by the Building Centre, one of my favorite urban galleries and architectural exhibition spaces, to check out their new show London Yields: Urban… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on May 29, 2009 at 3:26pm —
I live in cold wet Hamilton.Is too too late to plant garlic cloves?
Added by Rana on May 28, 2009 at 8:47pm —
By Shelley Bridgeman
Growing your own food at home is one of the most talked about garden trends of the moment. Even before the recession made us especially sensitive about the price of produce, concerns about food miles and pesticides had inspired many of us to dig a veggie patch in our backyard. But spare a thought for people, those living in high-rise… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on May 28, 2009 at 12:31am —
I had thrown a big blanket of leaves and grass clippings on part of the vege garden. Today I burrowed holes in it and planted cabbage, kale and giant chicory. Almost the last of the seedlings....just some radicchio and lots of pak choi to go before I pack up for a big holiday overseas in July. One of the places I'm really looking forward to is The Eden Project and The Lost Gardens of Haligen both within a short distance of each other. If anybody knows what to look for there, I'd be really… Continue
Added by Robyn Wolfe on May 27, 2009 at 10:28pm —
Here is the article published in the Napier Mail this week.
If you are passionate about Oooby get in touch with the appropriate reporter at your local paper and share your enthusiasm.
There is usually a list of reporters contact emails on the paper's website.
Community or garden reporters may be good to target.
Tell them a bit about Ooooby and how its taken off worldwide.
(If you'd like a sample email contact me and I'm… Continue
Added by Hester on May 27, 2009 at 8:30pm —
New to the idea of growing food at home, but keen and interested.
Working out the details for my garden based upon outdoor hydroponics.
Thinking recycled plastic containers filled with sand / local rock.
Pump solution with bike pump, once a day.
Generally cheap and easy.
Weeding hopefully non existant, low care, suits my level of laziness and desire to enjoy other parts of life whilst garden grows.
Thanks for… Continue
Added by Zak Williams on May 27, 2009 at 5:28pm —
Eating locally-grown food is the new trend. But it’s more than a trend: it saves on gas (less transport to get the food to you), it helps the local economy, and it usually means fresher food for you. Definitely cool, as we can make a difference globally, locally, and for our own health. In addition, it helps us build community.
Eating the… Continue
Added by Pete Russell on May 26, 2009 at 8:46pm —
Today I planted some holly hocks and Erysimum (yes, it's new to me! Has a nice smell apparently). Don't know whether they will weather the storms. In the last few days have planted mizuna, red cabbage, broccolini and Bright Lights silver beet. The netting over the garlic planting has stopped the birds digging and the green shoots are coming
through. Harvested a bucket full of tomatillos - just as many have rotted in the wet. Will freeze them as is.
Added by Robyn Wolfe on May 26, 2009 at 4:42pm —
Test cricket can be a long five days, and can often end in a draw or washed out by a couple of days’ rain, but I love it. For within those five days, a few extraordinary things will happen; they just do. That is why I can watch for hours, knowing that sooner or later, I will witness something special.
Over the years, test cricket has provided many great stories. Many are, obviously, based on prowess but others go beyond this – not just the hilarious moments, but the sad or emotional… Continue
Added by Porangi Hoiho on May 26, 2009 at 12:05pm —
Sonya of Permaculture Pathways offers another fabulous description of time in the permaculture lifestyle. Read more...
Added by Pete Russell on May 25, 2009 at 8:07pm —
I made leek and potato soup the other day with leeks from the garden. The biggest leek is in the photo above. This is the biggest leek I've ever grown, and its definitely been in the ground a long time. So long that I can't even remember when I planted it.
The other broccoli plants aren't looking as nice as the first one we ate. The green caterpillars lasted a lot longer this year (I have a note in my diary last year saying the caterpillars… Continue
Added by Sarah Walsh on May 25, 2009 at 6:00pm —