Plant now: Chives, Lettuce, Rhubarb, Silverbeet, Onion.
To do in the Garden
- Add organic fertilizer to your soil – better still add your compost
- Continue to water all vegetables and provide shade for leafy vegetables and young seedlings.
- Cover bare soil with mulch (e.g. lucerne) to keep moisture and nutrients in the soil.
- Use a non-toxic insecticide on aphids on soft fruit trees
Runner bean and zucchini chutney
Source: The Vegie Patch Cookbook
Makes Approx 1kg or 3 medium jars.
30 minutes preparation + 2 hrs cooking
600g green beans, thinly sliced
4 zucchini, thinly sliced
350g cooking apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
2 onions, finely chopped
450g light brown sugar
1tsp mustard poweder
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp coriander seeds
600ml cider vinegar
- Put the beans, zucchini, apples, and onions in a preserving pan or a large, heavy, stainless steel saucepan. Then add the sugar, mustard powder, turmeric, and coriander seeds. Pour in the vinegar and stir.
- Cook over gentle heat, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved, then bring to a boil and cook at a rolling boil, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 1 ½ hours, stirring from time to time, until the mixture thickens. Stir continuously near the end of the cooking time so that the chutney doesn’t catch on the base of the pan.
- Ladle into warm, sterilized jars with non-metallic or vinegar-proof lids, making sure there are no air gaps. Cover each jar with a waxed paper disc, seal, and label. Store in a cool, dark place. Allow the flavours to mature for 1 month and refrigerate after opening.
Note: The chutney will keep for 9 months, unopened.
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Pest Control in the Garden
Good soil produces good plants and keeps their carbohydrate, protein, chemical (including pest deterrents) and other nutrient ratio in balance.
Poor soil undernourishes plants which hampers their production. Amongst other things, they produce more carbohydrates which insects thrive on.
So keep your soil healthy and pests will not flock to feed on them.