To do in the Garden
- Autumn is a good time to plant parsley, silverbeet, spinach, peas, snow peas, cauliflower and broccoli…the list goes on.
- Add prunings to your compost bin. These woody additions build organic matter levels to the soil. Be careful not to add diseased prunings. These would be better in your green lid garden waste bin.
- Rake up autumn leaves and add to your compost. Remember to add a diversity of compost ingredients as you go.
- Ensure your compost bin and worm farm is covered with a hessian sack or similar natural, breathable material and the lid is on. This will ensure essential moisture is kept inside, creating a wonderful, rich product for use in your garden.
- Spread finished compost and mulch under fruit trees so they can feed on your free, natural fertiliser. If you have a worm farm, add worm liquid as well.
Home made Herbed Mayonnaise
Autumn is generally the last chance to use herbs such as basil before they die back. Herbs are great in salad dressings and vinegars, or try this herbed mayonnaise to spread on sandwiches or serve with grilled fish.
(from the Vegie Patch Cookbook through the year, edited by Caroline Bretherton)
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 egg and 2 egg yolks
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1 garlic clove
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
300ml sunflower oil
30g basil, or other green herbs such as dill, sorrel, mint or coriander
Note: a squeeze of lemon or lime juice, or a dash of chilli, can also be added to the finished mayonnaise. The sauce may be made 2-3 days in advance, and chilled until ready to use.
- Put the vinegar, egg, egg yolks, mustard, sugar, and garlic in a food processor and add ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper. With the motor running, slowly pour in the oil in a steady stream until the sauce is thick and creamy.
- Transfer to a bowl and stir in the finely chopped herbs until they are thoroughly incorporated.
The Key to Fantastic Compost
Remember the ADAM principle to create, wonderful, rich compost to use in your garden or pots.
To ensure you don’t have a sludgy, smelly compost bin, always have the ADAM principle in the back of your mind. To ensure a range of DIVERSE compost ingredients add approximate equal portions of a mix of food scraps (wet) and garden materials such as twigs, leaves, sticks (dry). And remember, stir, stir and stir for AIR.
- A- Aliveness. We are aiming to attract a range of friendly insects, not just worms! These living organisms all have an important role to play in creating the right conditions for good compost.
- D- Diversity. To ensure we have a range of insects, we need to feed our compost approximately equal parts of WET materials such as food scraps, coffee, grounds, tea leaves and DRY materials such as twigs, sticks, leaves, saw dust, vacuum cleaner dust, shredded paper, lucerne, etc.
- A- Air. Air is essential for life so stir your compost with a compost turner or garden fork each time you add to it. This will help your compost to have a pleasant smell.
- M- Moisture. We are aiming for a slightly wet, but not dripping wet system.