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Raised Bed compost

Hi all. I hope you find the following helpful. This is my DIY for putting in a submerged compost container in one of my raised garden beds. I really want to have a big compost bin, but my dog loves the idea a little too much, and we have a large group of bush turkeys. I wanted to upcycle what I already had around the house.
I used:
A broken plastic container, non leaching plastic
A hessian sack, it’s from my chicken feed
Paper bags from my bulk purchase

The fence is to dissuade the dog and to keep the turkeys out!
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Stainless Straws🙌

I’ve been going through everything ‘disposable’ that I use and replacing the option with long lasting options. To this end, I do prefer my smoothies with a straw but hate the plastic factor and the waste, so I’ve looking for stainless steel straws for my daily smoothies, and today I finally got some!! Can’t wait to use it tomorrow! My blender died on Tuesday, so today was a day of shopping as I got a new one. Couldn’t help myself and had a smoothie for an early dinner before going straw hunting 😉

Recipe: Vegan Not-Mince Burgers

I make my own not-mince and use this for burger patties, spaghetti sauce, non-metal loaf, and crisp it up to crumble onto salads.

To make my mince, I put in the food processor:
– a cup of chopped mushrooms
– a cup of baby spinach leaves
– a zucchini
– a purple sweet potato, keep it to one small as they become pasty when the cook which changes the mince texture
– two small sweet potatoes
– 5 cloves of garlic

Once these are minced I put it all into a bowl and add:
– a tablespoon of cold pressed olive oil
– a teaspoon of liquid smoke
– a scoop of raw rice protein powder, this helps with the binding and adds protein

To make a burger patties, I take a handful and make the mince I to a pattie, place in a medium heat fry pan with a thin film of olive oil rippling so it’s hot and ready. Place the patties in the pan, pop on the lid and cook one side for 6 mins, take off the lid and flip each pattie, replace the lid for another 6 mins.

I usually pretoast the bread in the pan as it is heating, I prefer Khorasan bread as my tummy is not super keen on wheat. Place the cooked pattie on the bread, I topped with slices of vegan cheese, smokey bbq sauce, tomato and cucumber slices, and raw kim chi. Eat ☺

The rest of the mince meat I add to the pan with a bit more oil, cook for 6-8 mins with the lid on, stir and cook again for 6-8 mins. The I pop it into a Pyrex dish, lid it and put in the fridge to use for another dish.

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Recipe: Orange (the colour and the fruit) Not-Sausage Salad

Super salad for lunch!! 😍 I know I’m not helping with the stereotype of a vegan who eats a lot of salad, but I do love them.

Orange (the colour and the fruit) notsausage salad
Make a bed of baby spinach and beetroot leaves, cook sweet potato medallions (I use my sandwich maker and a little cold pressed olive oil), add diced cucumber, raw carrot, tomato  and chilled orange pieces, then top with grilled mushroom and apple and sage soy sausages diced, drizzle smokey bbq sauce (and probably will add kim chi later…. I’m addicted).

I cook my mushrooms, sweet potato medallions and not-sausage in the flat sandwich maker as it cooks both sides quite quickly at the same time 😉


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Pop Up Garden

Whilst I day dream of large allotments of raised beds and covered seedling areas, I currently live on a regular suburban block where I do not have the capacity to pull up all the grass and make it my own food forest.  I have been given two lovely raised beds, which I was able to grow about 10-15% of our food from last year. I even tried soya beans (edamame) and lentils, and whilst they were great to eat, I think you need a much larger area to produce any useful volume for a vegan! 😉

With some health items needing addressing mid September last year I stripped my two little garden beds of all plants, turned them over, mulched and left them to rest. I live in the sub-tropics so summer here is wet, stormy and hot usually. Leafy greens either wilt in a day or they go to seed in two and it takes a fair bit of effort to keep them all shaded at the right growth times, plus I knew I would need to recover over the new year so I thought it was best if I left it rest before the 2017 autumn, winter, spring grow fest I usually undertake. Well apparently my garden decided it would create it’s own pop up garden to feed me anyway.

In my southern bed, it has gone sweet potato crazy, much to the dog’s and the local bush turkeys’ delight. My dog LOVES raw sweet potatoes, she hunts them, digs them up and delightfully takes them to her bed to gnaw away at them.  Unfortunately, the local population of bush turkeys have discovered the sweet treats hiding in there also. The babies slept near my chicken coop and as they get to be adolescents they have decided hang out with them and navigate to eat my garden.  I am hoping that some earthen gold are left as they happen to be one of my favourites also.

In my northern bed, cherry tomatoes, an eggplant and multiple tall bushes of basil have popped up. I have this one basil plant that has been alive for about 7 years, so it has now made many many offspring!  All the rest are remnants of what I had in the bed previously, but had removed.  The cherry tomatoes are sweet and juicy, I often catch the dog hunting and plucking them off the plant carefully, she loves her ‘matos’, but not the green stems.

In one of my pots I had grown turmeric and ginger last year. Thought I had gotten them all at harvest, but seemed to have missed some and now have a lovely rich group of them in the pot, look forward to some more fresh turmeric soon! I especially like it in apple, carrot and ginger juice.

I am trying to grow some European raspberries, I got the plant before winter last year, they tried hard and produced three raspberries, however my dog found them just as they must have ripened, I saw them in the morning before I went out to meetings, and when I got home they were gone. My folks have native raspberries at their place which she carefully harvests among the prickles.  I’m very glad she is a natural forager and that she loves the things we grow. I would like at least one raspberry next season though.

I count myself lucky that I have a pop up garden begging me to harvest and eat its wares, especially since I’ve not had much time to give it love and care.

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