September 2019 Issue #169
What fun that we both love gardening. Thanks for joining me.
1) Little planets
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Versatile Cauliflower
A pretty soccer ball? Nope.
Believe it or not, it's a field of daffodils, taken using 'little planet' photography. Marion Owen is the photographer and you can see more 'little planet' pictures on our Facebook page.
Eco gardening tips
A little tip for those who have pollen allergies, or have visitors who may be allergic types. Use large and showy colourful flowers for arrangements because these are usually pollinated by insects or birds. It's the grasses, conifers and small flowers like wattles, that have fine pollen that wafts in the wind... and up your nose, even if inside your house. Aaachoo!
- Cabbage heads
If you can get your cabbages growing in late summer/fall, then you will have especially sweet cabbages to eat over winter. Once you have harvested a cabbage, leave the large bottom leaves, stalk and root in the ground and small heads will form from the base of the leaves. There's no need to cut a X in the stalk (who knows where this myth came from). It's best to cut off all but 2-3 heads of the new little 'uns as this will make sure those left reach a decent size.
I find it's barely worth the space doing this in summer, as
it's far quicker to replant and get a good new crop of plants, rather than wait for little new cabbage heads to form.
- Balloons and duckies
Did you know that you can buy balloons made of latex, which is rubber. Same with rubber gloves. Don't buy these products made of any of the synthetic rubbers, such as vinyl and nitrile or neoprene. Luckily latex can be composted, although it can take a bit longer than say, a rotten apple.
And rubber duckies? They aren't, they all seem to be plastic, and they'll just quack up your compost making!
An outer space tree-like invader made famous in Marvel comics and a movie. "I am Groot" it says.
I wondered why it
was popular, so bought one for myself and planted a little succulent in my Groot. "Aww, how cute", say my visitors.
See for yourself, there's a Groot for you HERE
Versatile CauliflowerMove over mashed tatties, move over rice… make room for the low-carb cauliflower.
Two cauli methods for you, both tried and devoured happily.
- 1 medium head of cauliflower, broken into florets. If using core, slice it roughly
- 1 bayleaf (optional)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 Tbln olive oil or butter (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste.
For Cauliflower 'Rice':
- Using blender, pulse cauliflower until it resembles rice. OR use the large holes
of a grater.
- Melt oil or butter in pan over medium heat. Stir in cauli rice, cover and cook for 5-8 minutes or until just slightly tender. Add salt and pepper.
For Cauliflower Mash:
- Simmer cauliflower in milk and bayleaf, if using, until tender, about 8-12 minutes.
- Discard bayleaf, and puree cauliflower and milk with a stick blender or food blender or processor. Stir in oil or butter if desired, and season with salt and pepper.
Note: Fresh or dried herbs can be added to both these recipes, such as coriander, oregano and cumin.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Makes: 4 servings
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