Plant a guild of tomatoes, basil and marigolds for a flavorful and pest-free crop.
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Fava beans can be stored frozen. Splice them in half, then remove the tough skin.
Boil rapidly for about a minute so they turn dark green.
Plunge them into iced water. Drain.
Pat them dry, then freeze !
1 Cup sourdough
1/2 Cup water
1 Cup flour
Mix and leave in container at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours.
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.
Today I am planting up kale, wasabi mustard, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, parsley and spinach for sale at Towerkop Nursery.
The guild of plants around the young fig tree include tomatoes interplanted with kakibos (Tagetes minuta), wilde dagga (Leonotus ocymifolia), Butternut pumpkin and Aloe ciliaris and jasmine on the trellis.
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A Good use for Bad news…Today john the farmer is using newspaper to sheet mulch an area of the allotment !
Sheet mulching prevents weeds from coming up and retains the moisture in the soil.
A layer of well rotted biomass from the compost heap holds the newsprint down and prevents the paper from drying out.
I intend planting a ground cover of Sour fig (Carpobrotus) by making small holes in the newspaper and sticking the cuttings into them.
Update on the mulching and subsequent planting..
The fig tree raised bed is planted with sunflowers, gazanias and gem squash.
The trellis contains Jasmine, Aloe ciliaris and an epiphyte cactus.
Below it rambles a butternut squash.
Hugelkultur or hill culture is simply growing what you want on hills or mounds created out of rough biomass to improve the soil, increase drainage and at the same time prevent the soil from drying out.
I added a galvanized wire mesh tube or cylinder which i plan to use as a trellis for climbing plants.
The middle of the tube will filled with garden clippings, kitchen waste and leaves to create a ‘wormhole’.
The wormhole will concentrate earthworm activity from where they will spread out to the rest of the mound.
I must say this Hugelkultur method really works ! Three months later and all the veggies I put into the mound are reaady for harvest..The beans that I sowed must still climb the trellis but I am ready to replace most of the veggies with the summer seedlings.
This Babiana plant is a perennial corm bulb in the Iris family. Apparently favoured by baboons that eat it’s corms (hence babiana), it survives amongst rock crevices on sandstone slopes and flats where it flowers in early spring. Possibly B. ambigua, this one was found growing on the Swartberg mountains in the little Karoo.
Recently re-opened after flood damage, the Swartberg pass was built in 1887 by Thomas Bain. It connects the Little karoo to the Groot Karoo through the majestic Swartberg mountains. It is 24km of gravel road barely wide enough for two cars to pass. A favourite for mountain bikers.