would you have some spare water kefir grains spare? Have got myself some healthy milk grains going, but want to explore the water grains now too. Am happy to swap for sourdough starter, seeds and willing to pay for postage :0)
hi Yvonne, I asked my friend about her lemon & feijoa wine recipe the other day when I went to visit her and she laughed at me, told me I should know by now that she doesn't follow a recipe to anything, just adds a bit of this & a bit of that and walla! Needless to say that I came away empty handed... :O(
hello, glad to learn that the cuttings took, they literally grow wild here. Made a batch of elderflower cordial, adapted Isabell's recipe http://ooooby.ning.com/group/preservingyoursurplus/forum/topics/elder-flower-recipes using double the quantity of flowerheads & lemon juice. Also made some lemon barley cordial, using frozen zest and juice. Was eating boiled barley for a week - is rather nice with miso soup, seaweed & spring onion. Hubby wasn't so keen to sample :) Do let me know if you're planning a visit this way.
Hi Yvonne...you're very welcome. Other things I am going to make...Lemon cordial, Lime marmalade, berry jam, herb infused oils and vinegars. Nothing is expensive, and all are great gifts. Heaps of fun!
Hi Yvonne how did the shift go as you may be aware Linda walked out on me and the boys so things fell apart we are just gettin things back in shape for us now. hope all is good with you and your family it was such a pleasure meeting you that day.
I love my little daddy dog! They do take your heart don't they. Your new home sounds like it is going to be a lovely adventure. I just moved myself and find that my creativity has just blossomed again. I had gotten a bit constricted in my gardening and perhaps my thinking in the last home as the "plan" had been set in stones. I look forward to a long friendship even though we are in such different places on Earth.
we've sold our home and have rented a house for a year while we build on the section next door which is where the two raised beds in my profile picture are located! Haven't planted anything new in the raised beds and there's only a few things to relocate. Luckily, the rental has got a lovely big vegetable plot that's already been dug over ready to plant in!
hello Yvonne, glad that they arrived safely, let me know if they don't take, there are plenty of bushes in the area, just a matter of identifying them without leaf! Cheated and went around to a friend's house and he took the cuttings for me. Some branches were already in bud.
Hi Yvonne - Great to see you're still managing to garden in a new home with a very different climate, and a new career as well!
I've hardly been into Ooooby for months - too busy really, but now it's winter I'll check in here more often. My garden wasn't great this year, in terms of corn and tomatoes etc to freeze, I was going to buy a new freezer but found I didn't have to. On the other hand, my kumaras were a real buzz, beautiful and big, now I hope I can successfully keep some of the best to grow from next spring. I am planning on spending the freezer money on a greenhouse though, and will try replanting eggplant, chilli, and capsicum plants from the garden into the greenhouse for next spring. Didn't get even one eggplant from about 30 plants, though there were some flowers late in the season. I think the climate was very confusing for the plants this year, some of my apple trees had 4 lots of flowers - had to take most of them off to protect the trees!
Yes potted plants are good, especially potted herbs. At least if you need to be off somewhere you can take them with you...to an extent i guess. At least we are only moving across town, i can imagine it would be a completly different story if it was to another part of the country. Well done you Yvonne, i cant imagine it would be easy leaving such a hardworked garden. Good luck with your new garden beginnings in Dunedin : )>Delete Comment
Hi Yvonne, hows everything going down in the mainland??
hope you are settling in well....we are also on the move in a month or so...but only to another house in Gizzy.....more room for veg there though which is cool but still, there are a few things in the garden we wont see the end of which is a shame. Guess you had a bit of that too but hey it can all be grown again right? luckily alot of my plants are in pots so thats going to make it a bit easier. ha ha not too sure how the upside down tomatoes are going to feel though, thats going to be a tricky one!
i think the main thing im going to miss is all the lovely flowers that are already established in this garden.
The wheel garden was my idea of having a medicinal herb walled "monastery garden" and then I got pregnant and had a baby with a few problems so the garden is more wilderness than garden somedays and although I think its a lovely design its hard to keep those gravel pathways weeded and the watering is a bit fiddly whereas my old vege garden with the rectangular beds with irrigation was great and easy care! So it has its problems as do all gardens..if I could spend more time in there I would be VERY happy!
Sorry for taking so long to reply again Yvonne, I have a mail filter moving all my emails into folders and its easy to lose the emails before you notice where they are! That aside my husband works in Riccarton so I will get him to put the pot on the backdoor step on his way to work this week (hopefully) before the 18th of Feb! Cheers Viv
hello Yvonne, no glasshouse just a couple of polystyrene boxes with the lids cut out as per Debbie's cost saving tip http://ooooby.ning.com/forum/topics/sharing-cost-saving-tips It's been invaluable, summer has finally arrived with a vengeance the last couple of weeks but prior to that, it's been so cold and miserable. Hardly any lettuces this year, they got too wet with all the rain. Have started off some more seedlings and hopefully, they won't bolt in the heat! I'm a pretty haphazard gardener, I plant and just hope for the best. Figure that the chilis are staying indoors any way so not worried when I plant and if they don't germinate, can always start some more at the proper time ie spring!