Weekend Wrap-Garden, Sustainable Living, Sourdough

I always feel as though I’ve taken the easy way out when I use ‘Weekend Wrap’ as a post title, but it really does sum up everything quite accurately for this post. I’ve touched on a little bit of everything this weekend, in the garden, sustainable living, sourdough bread and cooking.

Garden Wrap

We have several compost bins strategically placed around the yard, so that when they are full the contents can be spread easily. This, in theory is good, but because the wicking beds in the veggie patch needed a good topdressing, I had to use compost from the bin in the veggie patch as well as raid some from the bin in our Easterly garden bed.Compost-Geddye binThis compost bin sits  hidden (almost) and I used most of its contents topping up the wicking beds in the veggie patch and then spread the rest over this bed. We have relocated the bin a little further up the bed for the process to start over and will do the same again next year.Compost readyNeed a little something to quickly fill this fence space! I love the way the compost just oozes new life into the soil.Compost spreadThis is a barrow full of compost from the bin within the veggie patch. Sorry, the light is a bit harsh! The 4 barrows from this bin went to the rhubarb, potatoes, asparagus bed and garlic bed which will house the tomatoes in a few weeks. img_9353The potato bath filled up.img_9371Rhubarb that looks like it could take over the world!Make a caption!And the very obvious evidence as to why we should avoid single use plastic rears its head. This shows just how plastic stays intact in the process of composting. I try to avoid single use plastic, but it still sneaks into my life, sometimes invisibly. Interestingly, a fair chunk of this comes from ‘eco’ coffee cups.img_9380After shovelling all that compost I needed a little ergonomic break, so the hammock had its first workout for the season. It was a stunning day yesterday and everything was glowing in the garden.img_9384 img_9391 My brother-in-law gave me some native orchids last year and I was thrilled to see how this Dendrobium is settling in. I love these orchids and do a little ‘happy dance’ every time I look at the beautiful flowers stemming from it.img_9393

A bit of sustainable living.

I try to avoid single use plastic as much as possible and as hard as I try, I find it quite difficult getting local retailers to fill a BYO container or bag. I was thrilled when visiting the Yarragon market yesterday that the lovely people at “The Nut Bloke” were more than happy to accommodate me and put my purchases into my bags that have now been going for about 6 years with no signs of failing yet.Plastic free shoppingWhen we first started planting the garden out four years ago I put in a blood orange tree. Well this tree has struggled and struggled and I’ve kept up the vigil with TLC and lots of chook poo as a bonus. Well, this year we had a harvest, yes, a harvest. Might only be 1 orange but it is juicy, well-shaped and it has some ‘specks’ of blood in it. img_9410 Unfortunately, I think the tree will have to be moved due to a change of plans with the garden bed its in, so I celebrate this harvest in a completely appropriate manner. img_9417I can highly recommend blood orange in a glass of bubbly!

Sourdough Bread and Baking

For a long time I have read about using sourdough discard from feeding starter to make sourdough crackers (dry biscuits to me). I finally gave it a crack using the recipe from the King Arthur Flour Website. I collected discard for a couple of weeks (Kept in fridge), and as simple as mixing 1 cup flour, 1 cup sourdough discard, 1/4 cup butter, pinch salt and 2 tablespoons herbs we had wonderful crackers/dry biscuits.

img_9400I added finely chopped rosemary and would HIGHLY recommend giving this a try. I can see so many variations popping up in my mind for flavour variations of these.sourdough crackersMy bread bakes today was a high hydration/low inoculation (%starter) white loaf. Had to rush a bit to get into the oven but it was great. Light crumb, great crust (forget I dropped it from the oven at the halfway mark!). The loaf on the left is a little under-proofed due to the rush, the loaf on the right is a little over-proofed (and dented) because I had to go out.img_9404Crumb shot of the slightly under-proofed loaf. Still good enough to go with the plate of ‘nibbles’ we put togetherRainy Day Loafcrumb The weather had turned from Spring Glory back to Winter, so for the first time during the day this year, we lit the fire, sipped the bubbly with the blood orange fruit added, and feasted on the sourdough crackers (dry biscuits), soft sourdough bread, some King Island Brie, some French Blue, cheese, home-made pickled onions, some delicious prosciutto from Stellas Pantry in Warragul (they also fill BYO containers), a leftover grilled chorizo sausage sliced up and some Mersey Valley Tasty cheese. CompostAnd I didn’t even nod off after this indulgence! How was your weekend?

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19 Responses to Weekend Wrap-Garden, Sustainable Living, Sourdough

  1. Gretchen says:

    What a fantastic post. You are a true inspiration. I spent my weekend home alone and got a little gardening done. My goal is to improve our composting. I’ve been extremely lazy about it and need to work on that. I’ll definitely have to try those sourdough discard crackers too, brilliant idea.

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  2. I really like the way you celebrated your blood orange harvest! And, thanks – the link fir cracker recipe is mighty handy.

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  3. Glenda says:

    Maree, it all looks fabulous. I am going to steal your idea of growing potatoes in an old bath – we have two. Any hints? Also, those dry biscuits look great. I think I will check out the recipe. I make scones with my old starter but I really shouldn’t be eating so many scones.

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  4. Francesca says:

    Those bickies look sensational… might give them a go. Isn’t it amazing when the sun shines and you can get outside and plot in the garden. I can count on one hand the sunny days I have scene here since returning. My garden is, for late September, way behind schedule. That fire and nibbles looks so inviting.

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  5. ladyredspecs says:

    Your garden looks fabulous, I only have a balcony! My weekend was spent grandkid wrangling, feeling a tad ragged this morning but that doesn’t stop me feeling excited about those sourdough crackers. Thanks for the link.

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  6. foodnstuff says:

    The garden looks lovely! And surprisingly mine does too. Amazing what a bit of rain will do. The elderberry you gave me got eaten off by the rabbits but it has come back with a vengeance with several suckers. Does yours do that? I didn’t know it would sucker. Hope it flowers soon so I can try some elderberry wine.

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    • fergie51 says:

      Flippin’ rabbits! Glad you’ve had some good rain, it certainly has been a great start to spring. No to suckers on the elderberry so far. I don’t think I’d like that! 🙂

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  7. EllaDee says:

    I’m soaking up compost, sourdough crackers, potato bandicooting, blood orange in sparkling and your marvellous garden inspiration… as my weekends will soon change from wandering around the Barossa and Adelaide exploring markets to at home where I can put it to good use ☺

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    • fergie51 says:

      I hope you get to go to the Barossa Farmers Market. It was great when I went a couple of years ago! Rain here again….

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      • EllaDee says:

        Thank you. We’ve been marketing all weekend… went to Barossa & Gawler Farmers Markets + Maggie Beers Farm on Saturday, Adelaide Farmers & Fishermans Wharf Markets on Sunday… and today we’re off to Adelaide Central Market 😊 Rain forecast here too. We’re heading off to Victor Harbour and along the coast tomorrow towards Vic… might be a little damp, I think 🌧

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  8. Your garden looks glorious! Is the rhubarb growing in an old bathtub? What a great idea, I have one in the back of the yard. Crackers, cheese, champagne, fire…lovely!

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    • fergie51 says:

      Hi Liz, no, rhubarb us just in the ground in front of a compost bin but the potatoes are in an old bathtub. Seems to work quite well.Sadly coming to the end of fire season soon and I do love sitting in front of it. 🙂

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  9. thesnowwoman says:

    That last picture looks heavenly!

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