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Diggers Rest – Tossers; Eco gardening tips; Own Your Own Mayo
May 24, 2021

May 2021 Issue #189


Hello,

What fun that we both love gardening. Thanks for joining me.

1) Tossers
2) Eco gardening tips
3) Own Your Own Mayo


always buy plants

Outside a local plant shop


Eco gardening tips

  • Tossers!
    Don't be a tosser. . . as in tossing out food. Statistics show that on average, each US household tosses over 30% of food per year. This includes food bought for home use, as well as takeaways and eating out. That's around US$160 billion of wasted food per year.

    Vast amounts of words are written for ways to reduce waste, but I believe, and I hope you do too, that getting your children to help grow their own food and seeing the rewards of their efforts, helps give them ownership of the food they eat. They will enjoy eating it more and be unlikely to toss it. . . especially if they have helped prepare and cook it too.

    If you've no children at home, many schools would love help to run their veggie garden patch.

    Getting kids involved with planning, choosing, and preparation of food, buying veggie seeds, having a plot to care for and harvest are all super fun and rewarding. Worth reading: Gardening for kids


  • See thru' fun
    I tried these pots out and like them a lot. They're mainly for orchids, but I don't know much about orchids, except that a lot of people have a lot of sad orchids. I tried some plant cuttings and different seeds in these special pots and indeed they worked like a charm. You can see the roots and adjust the water and nutrients. I found that some of the plants surprisingly grew weird curly roots like triffids! Have a look for yourself: See through pots.

  • Dreaded lead
    Did you know that lead in your soil is not necessarily dangerous? Old houses with lead paint that have been renovated often have particles of lead in the soil nearby, so what to do?

    Lead from paint flakes or dust does not dissolve in the soil, whether it has been washed off by weather, or scraped and sanded down. So if you're growing vegetables, make sure you thoroughly wash all the soil from them before eating.

    Many people have lived their long lives in old lead painted houses, and with lead flakes in the garden, and they are not affected at all.

    Lead is dangerous when inhaled due to sanding, and also when ingested, such as off lead painted surfaces or flakes in the soil. Simply wash edibles well, oh and take off your boots/shoes before you come inside too!



cactus pen holderCactus Magnetic Pen Holder

Excellent for holding your plant labels too!

Catches the eye! Novelty cactus styled desk organizer that holds pens, pencils, rulers and plant labels.

Magnetic, so paper clips stick, and rubber bands can go on the arms. Check them out here.



Own Your Own Mayo

Homemade mayonnaise is so quick 'n easy to make and if you don't want to pay the earth or don't have a handy shop that sells healthy mayo, then let's go oyo mayo. . .

Ingredients

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • I tsp mustard powder
  • 1 cup oil (olive is good, don't use refined veg oils, as you may as well not bother to make healthy mayo)
  • I tspn water
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Method

  1. Put egg yolks, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper into a blender or bowl. If using a bowl, I put it in sink and jam it against the side with something heavier or pot of water so I can control it.
  2. Using a whisk, or fork if you have to, whisk it a bit, or put on slow blend, then whilst whisking, very slowly dribble in the oil.
  3. It will emulsify as long as you don't pour the oil in too fast.
  4. Serve in bowl as a dip, or jug as a dressing, or pour it over food as you serve it.

Preparation time: Approximately 5 minutes
Makes: 1-2 cups

NOTE: Here's where it gets special:

There are many ways to dress up this dressing!

  • Add a tsp smoked paprika, and pinch chilli flakes. Delicious on sweet potato or potato oven chips (leave out mustard).
  • Use coconut oil or half 'n half with olive oil.
  • Blend in ½ -1 avocado.
  • Add any handy chopped fresh herbs—about 2 tsp depending on how strong herbs are.

And so on... you can try out some new ideas of your own!

Use over any salad or any meal in fact! It can make all the difference, and save you making gravy, or other sauce.

Keep covered in fridge for up to 2 days if it contains avocado, and up to 4 days without. If you mix it with a tsp of water, this helps it stay soft.


Live, love and garden
Megan


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