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Diggers Rest - Doggone it, Eco gardening tips, Cyril's Choko Pickle.
June 02, 2008
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1) Doggone it
Doggone itAfter last month's article on peas, I was reminded by a reader about dogs and peas. Seems this Rotweiller (that's the dog not the reader) loves to nibble the peas off before she (the reader) gets a chance to pick them. I've previously heard of a Beagle doing that too, along with carrots (that's the beagle eating carrots, not carrots eating peas)... oh dear, well it looks like dogs have good sense when they're able to choose their food.
I'm just back from staying two weeks in sunny mild Sydney. There's barely a check on any of the vegetables due to the warmish weather, and the herbs seem to be still in full growth. Speaking of which, here's a way to use surplus herbs. This idea is really back in fashion I see, and it's an enjoyable and useful way to show off your creative skills: Making herb vinegars.
Going into winter? If you have a mild winter and it's still autumnish where you are, consider sowing Radicchio or Italian Chicory. It prefers cool weather and turns bitter in the heat.
Good time to put in Rhubarb crowns now, or divide your existing plants once they slow in growth and you've had enough pies.
Spring and summer areas: Sowing and planting should be in full swing. Some areas are still a bit cool, so there's still time to plant long season veggies like tomatoes and vines. There's a great heirloom tomato called "Siberian" which you may be able to get hold of. It withstands 3-4 frosts and matures in a couple of months.
Eco Gardening Tips
An old friend, Cyril has made his pickle recipe for 19 years. Chokos run amok in some Sydney gardens, but you can buy them in most veg shops worldwide. I don't like pickles much, but I cooked up a small pot full and tried it out on a friend who dropped in. He put some on a sliver of bread, them put a lot on more bread, no comment, then took a huge scoop out of jar onto more bread.... so I said, "Do you like it?" He finally stopped eating and said, "I don't like it, I LOVE it!" He said he would find it hard to buy the sugary, tasteless shop bought stuff again. Even I ventured a try. It is lovely and spicy I must admit, very good. I'm going to make a full amount now (I only tried 1/4 recipe) and use some for presents.
Cyril's Choko PickleIngredients
- 4 chokos
- ½ lb green beans
- 1 lb onions
- 1½ pts malt vinegar
- 1½ lbs sugar
- 1oz ground ginger
- 1oz curry powder
- 2 chillies or chilli powder
- ½ cup wholemeal flour
- 1 dessertspoon mustard
- 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
Makes about 6 medium jars.
(Cyril says this is a rough guide and he adds or uses less according to his desire – always successful)
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