August 2019 Issue #168
What fun that we both love gardening. Thanks for joining me.
1) Cat litter mulch
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Green Glow Smoothie
Another tale from my recent house move: Somehow two large bags of 'Natural Organic Wood Pellet Cat Litter' ended up from the carrier when my furniture was delivered. They weren't mine, nobody claimed them, I don't have a cat... so a couple of handfuls went around a newly planted passionfruit vine and watered in.
Wowee, talk about expansion! Wonderful stuff, makes a fantastic mulch, but oops, sorry plant, had to unbury you.
Eco gardening tips
Poly whatie? Well this lovely word is part of a chemical reaction when polyphenols in veggies or fruits react with enzymes… called polyphenoloxidases. Clear as mashed potatoes?
In short it makes certain food go brown, as in lettuce when cut, torn or aging.
And don't shout out that lettuce should NEVER be cut instead of torn. Research has now proven that it makes no difference—cut, shredded, torn, ripped or gently pulled apart.
One little point about lettuce, cut or torn, is the dressing. This should go on just before serving, otherwise oil soaks into the leaves and turns them a bit soggy. Here's a good guide for growing lettuce.
- Lettuce grow please
In a perfect world, one would
be organized to sow a new lot of fast growing greens like lettuce, small cabbages, bok choy etc. But if no can do, plant your plants in the garden, then pick them leaf by leaf and finally cut back to a cm or so from the ground and watch them sprout new leaves again and again.
I have been surprised by a few people who believe that they have to harvest the whole plant, mostly because that's how they're sold in the shops.
- Basil in winter
We all know you can only grow basil in summer, right? So how to save some for winter. Here's a handy hint if you have a microwave. Take two paper towels, separated. Put a layer of fresh basil leaves between them and zap on high for a minute or so in microwave. Store your colourful, crispy leaves in jars to add to winter's meals.
Fall in love with miniature fairies!
Put this sleepy little figurine on your rockery; in your home; in a fairy garden, and watch it capture everyone's heart. There's a puppy and an elf too.
Dare you to have a peek HERE
Green Glow SmoothieAn easy-delicious-healthy smoothie anyone can make. Feel free to improvise, but if you replace the banana, use say, an avocado, as this helps bind the ingredients.
- 2 cups cold water (or 1 cup water & 1 cup diced cucumber)
- 2 medium stalks celery, roughly chopped
- 6 cups lettuce, roughly chopped
- 7 cups spinach, chard or kale,
- 1 apple, cored and chopped
- 1 pear, cored and chopped
- 1 banana
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice.
- Put water and leafy veggies into blender and blend slowly. These take a bit longer to break down, so it's best to give them a blend first to make your smoothie extra smooth.
- Put on higher speed and add celery, pear, and apple, then lastly add banana and lemon juice.
Note: Always drink smoothies slowly. Some people say they can't drink smoothies. Yes they can if they take them mouthful by mouthful, salivating as they go.
Note: This smoothie doesn't glow, but makes your skin glow!
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Makes: 3 servings
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