I had to do this in 2 batches as we only eat 1 cup of porridge at a time (I've convinced my husband that he does actually like porridge).
I've never cooked oats in a rice cooker before, so this was an interesting experiment. My favourite so far is to cook them on the fireplace, it seems to be a nice low and slow cook bringing out a much creamier flavour.
Haha! I had actually forgotten about the boots! I moved them to the base of the spiral, put some marigold seeds in there and forgot about them. The plants seem to have claimed them. I'm going to try my hand at pruning this week, so I'll keep an eye out for the boots while I'm at it ;)
We've had quite a bit of rain recently! It's been lovely, so the flowers in my pollinator garden have really shot up. I've started filling out the herb spiral, but there are still a few gaps. I've been trying to propagate some sage from elsewhere in my garden to fill at least one of the gaps, but my propagation has not been successful thus far.
I also saw a snake in the garden the other day! I think it lives in the herb spiral, apparently they like rocks. Hopefully it will keep slugs away.
I completed this BB over a number of sessions, because when I cook porridge it's usually just for me and I'm using 1/2 cup of oats at a time. My husband was unwell yesterday so I managed to do a double batch. That on top of 2 other 1/2 cup batches makes 2 cups.
My stove is gas and my recipe is as follows:
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
pinch of salt
Method Add all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the bubbles sound like they're saying town names.
I just found this on Milkwood and thought some other Permies might find it interesting. It's a little set of challenges, not too difficult as far as I can tell, to get more submersed in permaculture. I think it could be really beneficial at least for myself.
While it is Australian based, I think it can apply no matter where you are.
For this BB I made Chili Kraut. The recipe is as follows:
10.5 tbsp salt
390g brown onion
4 tsp oregano
4 tsp caraway seeds
1 tbsp chili flakes
- Sanitise everything thoroughly
- Shred cabbage, slice chilies and onions
- Pack cabbage, chilies, onions, oregano, caraway seeds and chili flakes into 10kg fermenter in batches, layering with salt - pounding between each addition until plenty of liquid is created
- Once everything is packed in, continue pounding until there is enough liquid to cover all the ingredients
- Place weights on top of cabbage mix to keep the ingredients submerged under the brine
- Put lid on fermenter and add water to the moat/reservoir
- Ferment for approximately 3 weeks, tasting occasionally until you are happy with the taste and texture
- I started this ferment on 2.2.20 and finished it on 16.2.20. So a bit over 2 weeks
This actually turned out to be my best kraut yet! I'd like to start selling them but I need to get a food licence first.
Got a lot of canning to do at the moment, so I thought this would be a good time to go for my canning BB. We have a lot of grumichamas to harvest, so I turned some into jam. I also had some brussels sprouts to preserve and was told that they were really nice pickled. Not all the jars sealed and it may very well be because of the head height, so I won't be surprised if I fail. But there is always more canning to do, so I'll get my badge bit!
8 tsp gelatine powder (I had trouble getting the jam to set)
Method Place all ingredients into large pot
Stir to dissolve sugar
Simmer for 15 minutes
Boil until setting point is reached - this didn't happen for me so I added gelatine as per the instructions on the jar Jar up picking out rind and cloves - do you know how hard it is to find 24 cloves in a big thing of jam?? Ridiculous, I found about 9. Didn't even bother with the rind.
Method Cook brussels sprouts in boiling water until bright green - about 5 minutes
Drain and rinse under cold water
Bring water, vinegar and salt to simmer, simmer until salt dissolves
Put peppercorns, mustard seeds, chilies, bay leaf and brussels sprouts into a sterilsed jar
Pour hot brine over the top
Seal and store.
My vegetable garden needs some love now that the drought has broken and we are getting some decent rain!! :)
The internet tells me that 50 square feet < 5 square metres. The area that I mulched is 2m x 3m, so that should be sufficient for the bb (I intend to do the entire vegetable garden over the next couple of days).
The mulch was chopped and dropped directly into the bed, then I started on weeds and things growing on the pathways and then I started on the weeds in the surrounding area, no more than a 15 metre circumference from the garden. I used a pair of scissors to do the chopping (they broke and I got blisters, I think I need one of those curved knives).
I made this a couple of weeks ago, and it was done in 2 days. I tried really hard to complete it in one, but then I used up all my energies and had to take a day off, but completed it the following day.
At first I tried using logs for the centre spiral, but hubby got upset that I was using our good firewood. So then I used rocks from our creek. I was a bit worried about taking rocks from the creek at first, as I wasn't sure if taking something that I couldn't replace would do harm that I was oblivious too, but in the grand scheme of things the few buckets worth of rocks that I took are nothing compared to what is there.
The project cost me nothing as all the materials were already on my property - the bricks were left over from a house build 3 decades prior, the dirt was left over from another house build and as mentioned the rocks are from our creek.
As we've just been through a terrible drought, one of the main reasons for this project was to preserve water. You'll also see in the photos that I've installed a sprinkler, and boy does it do a good job! I only need to run the sprinkler for a few minutes and the entire herb garden is enmoistened, as is the ground just around it.
I've started planting it out using the seeds and cuttings I already have and I will get the last few herbs from my local farmers markets soon, when I get a spare weekend. I've also started planting around the base since that's also receiving water from the sprinkler.
I'm really proud of this project and I think it looks really cute! My pollinator garden is coming along nicely and soon it will look like a proper cottage garden :)
EDIT: We've just started getting more rain in the last few days and the garden is looking much more lush than that now. I'll post some follow up photos when the herbs start growing.
I've been a lurker for the past couple of months, decided to join up today
I recently did a PDC which opened up a Pandora's Box of ideas! While listening to a Permaculture Voices podcast while driving, it automatically played the next episode which happened to be Paul Wheaton's '72 Bricks to Build a Better World'. From then on I was hooked!
At the moment I'm very interested in learning how to grow food in a dry climate. Even though I live in a 'subtropical' zone, we've been going through some really bad drought and I'd like to be more prepared for it next year. I thought I was starting to get pretty good at gardening until the drought hit. Many lessons were learned.
Yesterday I made ollas (the glue is still setting) and today I am building a herb spiral! I'd like to get my pollinator garden happy before I move on to repairing my vegetable gardens.
Some more projects/ideas on the backburner are:
- finishing my drip irrigation
- wicking beds
- hugulkultur (not sure how well it will do in my climate, but I'm thinking of doing some experiments)
- keyline or swales
- air wells
- zai holes
Thanks for having me guys, looking forward to being an active member in this community