COUNTRY NOTES: KING SAVOY CABBAGE

I have always had a deep fascination for vegetables growing in the home garden.  My parents were impoverished immigrants to this wonderful country of ours.  My earliest memories of my parents, my mother in particular, were seeing them working in the large vegetable garden they tended to put food on the table.  My parents were… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: KING SAVOY CABBAGE

COUNTRY NOTES: BAKING FOR YOUR SOUL AND STOMACH

It’s getting to be that cold time of the year here in country Victoria with very cold nights, followed by some sunny days that melt off the frost and fog.  We are waiting for the autumn rains to arrive.  A pot of lovely home made soup sustains the soul.  So do my substantial chutney scones… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: BAKING FOR YOUR SOUL AND STOMACH

COUNTRY NOTES: HOW I DEAL WITH THE ZUCCHINI CUCKOO

I know that vegetable gardeners tend to over plant at times, leading to a vegetable glut during a particularly benevolent season.  Last spring I planted two zucchini seedlings in the hope that they would provide us with zucchini over this past summer.   All I can say after eating zucchini since 26th December right through… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: HOW I DEAL WITH THE ZUCCHINI CUCKOO

COUNTRY NOTES: SPUD SESSIONS

I am a periodic gardener.  I do not slavishly visit the garden every single day to pull weeds and generally fuss about the place.  I am extremely time poor.  I tend to carry out garden maintenance in blocks of time as this method fits in best with my self employment of creating bead embroidery jewelry for… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: SPUD SESSIONS

COUNTRY NOTES: AUTUMN PRESERVING

I had a batch of delicious red capsicums on hand these past few days so my thoughts turned to preserving, as they do at this busy time of the year in the kitchen.  The big, damaging cyclone up north means the inevitable price rise in vegetables due to completely ruined food crops.  Deciding to put… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: AUTUMN PRESERVING

COUNTRY NOTES: INDIAN SUMMER TOMATOES

We have had an Indian summer in this part of the world.  Whilst the summer has not been scorching hot (too much! 🙂 ), the benevolence of summer weather has continued into autumn this year.  This climate has ensured that I have been harvesting tomatoes for three months.  I have already made two batches of… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: INDIAN SUMMER TOMATOES

COUNTRY NOTES: PUMPKINS AND THEIR ASSIDUOUS ATTENDANTS

Every year I grow pumpkins (squash).  My particular favourite is the Waltham Butternut cultivar.  These are smallish pumpkins and are excellent keepers over winter and into spring, if kept in a cool place where those stinking rats can’t get to them.  I like to get a good yield from my pumpkin patch and I achieve this… Continue reading COUNTRY NOTES: PUMPKINS AND THEIR ASSIDUOUS ATTENDANTS