What else does the Garden Shed and Pantry do?

The last few days have been very busy as we (and a group of great friends) have been fine tuning the gardens here in readiness for a visit from the ABC TV show “Gardening Australia“.

The topic of the segment filmed here was “Seed Saving”.

Tino Carnevale and Albert, Julian and Scott arrived early and spent about six hours filming for a five minute segment on the show! It really was hard work but Tino is great to work with and seems to share many similar ideas to Kate.

filming the introduction to the show

filming the introduction to the show

It was an opportunity for Kate to talk about one of her passions and we hope that you might be inspired to grow and save your own seeds too.

You can read more about the visit of Gardening Australia here on Vegetable Vagabond.

The show will go to air on May 4, 2013.

Kate has recently presented at Cygnet U3A on the topic of “User friendly vegetable garden design”.  The U3A here in Cygnet has a great range of programs and is sure to have something to interest you.

Kate also writes the monthly gardening guide in The Cygnet & Channel Classifieds.

Kate can provide assistance with garden planning and planting (before and after building) to ensure that you  have the right mix of plants in the right location.  Contact us here to discuss your requirements and how we can help you.

October at the Cygnet Market

Pat and Lina ferment their olives for at least 3 months before selling them. This traditional, Italian way of preserving olives ensures excellent flavour, without the use of any chemicals. They are then stored in a sea salt brine.

The first olives to be ready to sell from this year’s harvest are the koroneiki, which are picked either green or black. (The kalamata is a later olive). I have chosen to sell the green koroneiki because it is so different to the black kalamata we have all been enjoying from last year’s crop. The flesh of this green olive is firm and the flavour excellent.

The koroneiki olive has high levels of polyphenols (antioxidants) and, when picked green, has the highest levels of  any olive. It is the leaves of this olive tree that are used to make olive leaf extract, a substance reputed to have a range of health benefits which you can read about here.

The first barrels have arrived this week and I can’t wait to take them to the market!