..... my not so exciting ventures into gardening, self sufficiency, getting solar electricity & hot water & pretty much life in general in a small country town .....

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

RIP Robert Edgar Catte Esquire

Terrible photo but pure Bob.
"Leave me alone until I finish my nap, then I might allow you to pat me!"

He couldn't catch a mouse if it laid down in front of him.
He was only interested in food, sleep, tomcatting, food, sleep & the occasional cuddle.
He had a thing for plastic bags.
He thought he was a lover & a fighter but was neither.
He was supposed to be Jon's cat but claimed me as his human.
Will be deeply missed.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Corn Galore

I've started to harvest some of my corn.
Below is patch number 1 of 3 situated in various parts of my garden.

Last night I picked 11 cobs with a total weight of 3.458kg.
I kept 2 still in their husks to either BBQ or Steam whole.

The remainder were cut into pieces, blanched & sealed in lots of 3 or 4 with the Vaccum sealer ready to be frozen.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Prolific Pumpkins

To this cute baby butternut...
Add a mild summer, quite good rain & a large dose of neglect
Result - this feral pumpkin patch!
In the jungle I have 2 Jap pumpkin, 2 Butternut pumpkin & 2 Zuchinni.

Jap or Kent are nutty-flavoured pumpkin with yellowish/orange flesh that is soft and drier than most.

Butternut pumpkin are buff-coloured, pearshaped with dense, dry, sweet-tasting flesh, making it the most versatile type for cooking.

My first Butternut ever, weighing in at 1.7kg

First cob of corn for 2010.