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  • Writer's pictureHuttons Valley Permaculture

From garden to plate

It's one thing to grow your ow vegetables but they go to waste unless you do something with them. At the moment I have a fridge full of veggies which I need to turn into food that's quick and easy to eat. One thing I love to do with all this produce is cut it up and roast it all. The tomatoes break down and coat everything else, and there is an extra touch of colour that the beetroot seems to share as well. Today I enjoyed a pile of goodness along with a barbequed steak. Tomorrow the leftover veg will transform into a delicious salad along with an array of colourful lettuce leaves and other greens that are growing so well in the garden.

Takes time to make good food, but I have learnt over the years that it is truly worth it. After all, we owe it to our health to give our bodies wholesome, nutritious food - has to be worth the time!!

I was out again moving animals around. Still getting the size of my paddocks worked out so that everyone is happy, cows, sheep and alpacas. My sheep I think are feeling a little hard done by with the cows being first on to new paddock and all the lush grass that goes along with that. I put them in after the cows and today they just looked at me like - is that all you're giving us?? So, what do you do!? You open up another fresh new patch and say - there you are - happy now!!?? There were no replies, as heads were all down, munching away on grass. I think I had my answer!

My pasture immediately after moving the herd/flock (to be known as flerd from now on!) looks like a mown piece of lawn, except for all the manure piles all over it! Will have to come out some time with my bucket to grab up some of that gold and add it to my compost. It will add that extra burst of nitrogen and micro-organisms to get my piles really hot. You gotta love a good hot pile haha!

Cold and rainy down here lately, so in addition to some roast veg I baked a loaf of gluten free bread. It really is quick and easy to make and tastes delicious with some of my homemade strawberry and rhubarb jam!

Not too much to report with activities around here. I have been sitting at my computer quite a bit learning all about video editing. Can you teach an old dog new tricks? We will see!!

What I would like to let you all know is that my blogs may become a little less frequent. I'm finding with all my screen time of late I have less interesting things to share. So if there is no blog for the day then you know what I've been up to! Working on a Kitchen Garden video at the moment. I will of course let you know when I get that out into the world!!

Have a good day - even if you're a little locked down Melbourne xxx

(Maybe bake some bread!!)

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