Sourdough Recipe.

Sourdough starter:

1 Cup sourdough

1/2 Cup water

1 Cup flour

Mix and leave in container at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours.

Baking:

1 Cup refreshed sourdough

2 Cups water

3-4 Cups wholewheat flour

Mix above ingredients, leave in mixing bowl at room temp. for 1/2 hour.

Add 1 teaspoon salt with a little water and mix.

Leave to stand at room temperature for 4-5 hours.

(If baking next day put in fridge after 2-2 1/2 hours.)

Shape sourdough + fold.

Cover with cloth and let rise for 2 hours at room temperature.

Last 1/2 preheat oven to 200-210 deg. C

Bake for 45-60 min.

Bonsai of Portulaca afra (Spekboom).

Indigenous to South Africa this species has been found to extract the most carbon from the air for any tree it’s size. It is found on rocky slopes in arid conditions and flowers in extreme drought conditions.

It is a popular bonsai subject because of it’s caudiciform (tree trunk-like) appearance. Pictured is a variegated type.

I want it to lean over almost horizontally so I used crutch-shaped sticks to prop it up.

Kei apple, Dovyalis caffra. Featured tree at Towerkop Nursery.

Bonsai of the kei apple. An evergreen tree up to about 3-5 m in nature. Native to South africa. Bears yellow fruit which is edible if not somewhat tart. Grown as a hedge it forms an impenetrable barrier because of it’s fierce thorns.

Birds subsequently build nests in it’s protective thicket of thorns.

Today John the Farmer is saving seeds of Marigold !

Marigold (Tagetes patula) seeds
Marigold (Tagetes patula) flowers

Tagetes patula is native to Guatumala and Mexico. The flowers are used to add to poultry feed to intensify the color of egg yolk. The essential oil is used in perfumery. It is also used as a pesticide, grown alongside vegetables to fumigate for nematodes. It is used as a saffron-like spice.

The bright flowers of Marigold are also used in the festival of the Day of the Dead in Mexico. They are said to guide the spirits of the departed to their friends and loved ones.

Delosperma echinatum. Feature plant at Towerkop Nursery.

Low growing shrubby succulent with conspicuously hairy leaves and small yellow flowers.

The name Delosperma is derived from the greek for visible seed, in allusion to the fact that the capsules have no covering membranes so the seeds are exposed when the capsules are open.

The plant is from the mesemb family and is native to Southern Africa.

Arum Lily, Zantedeschia. Feature plant at Towerkop Nursery.

Zantedeschia ‘Picassso’ hybrid.

Arum lillies are native to Southern Africa but are cultivated world wide for their long lasting blooms.

It is dormant or evergreen depending on habitat or location. It remains evergreen under cultivation, given plenty of water in a free-draining substrate.

They make good bedding plants, spaced 15cm apart.

The tubers were boiled and fed to pigs, hence the Afrikaans name ‘Varkoor’.

The common white variety Zantedeschia aethiopica is medicinal. The warmed leaves used a poultice to treat sores, boils, insect bites, gout and rheumatism.

Happy Spring equinox !

You know spring has sprung when the Lampranthus are flowering..

Today John the farmer planted up winter seedlings.

Today I am planting up kale, wasabi mustard, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, parsley and spinach for sale at Towerkop Nursery.

The Wilde dagga, Leonotus ocymifolia, attracts sunbirds to the allotment.

I managed to finally capture the Malachite sunbird feeding .

The plant is used medicinally for the symptomatic treatment of coughs in acute bronchial disease, high blood preasure, headaches, asthma and viral hepatitis.

My wheelbarrow at the end of summer.

Containing nasturtium, pansies, portulaca.
A rare, for me, double portulaca. Enjoy !