Seed Sowing Guide – August

Kate’s Tip of the month:

If it’s good enough for the Botanic Gardens, then it’s good enough for me (and you).  Now is the time to start sowing tomato seeds (on a heated tray in a hothouse).

Permaculture Tasmania Seed saving workshop with Kate

Permaculture Tasmania Seed saving workshop with Kate

Sow these seeds in August:

Sow these seeds in the garden

Broadbeans ‘Coles Dwarf’, ‘Crimson Flowering’ and ‘Aquadulce’

Carrots ‘Merida’, ‘Amsterdam Forcing’ and ‘Scarlet Nantes’

Onions ‘Red Sheffield’, ‘Creamgold’ and ‘Domenica Sweet’

Sow these seeds in trays to transplant:

Artichoke ‘Purple Globe’

Broccoli Raab

Broccoli ‘Purple Sprouting’ and ‘De Cicco’

Cabbages ‘Munchkin’ F1 and ‘Red Express’

Cauliflower ‘All Year Round’

Chives

Coriander

Kale ‘Toscano / Cavolo Nero’ and ‘Dwarf Blue Curled’

Kohl Rabi ‘Kolibri’ F1, ’Superschmelz’

Komatsuna, green

Lettuces ‘Flashy Trout Back’, ‘Winter Density’, & ‘Rouge d’Hiver’

Mibuna

Mizuna ‘Purple’

Pak-Choi ’Red Choi’ F1

Parsnip ‘Melbourne Whiteskin’

Peas ‘Sugarsnap’ and Snow peas ‘Oregon Sugar Pod’ (only in the hothouse or in a frost-free location)

Radicchio ‘Rossa di Treviso’

Radish ‘Easter Egg’,

Rocket,  ‘Heirloom’

Shallots ‘Roderique’

Spinach ‘Tyee’ F1, ‘Steadfast’ & ‘Bloomsdale Longstanding’

Spring Onions ‘Bunching’

Tomatoes (various varieties available)

Turnip ‘Purple Top White Globe’

Kate’s Tip of the month:

If it’s good enough for the Botanic Gardens, then it’s good enough for me (and you).  Now is the time to start sowing tomato seeds (on a heated tray in a hothouse).

You can buy these seeds from my market stall at The Cygnet Market.

If you need any further advice, please ask. My father (and grandfather) ran a very successful nursery for many years in Adelaide and I have grown up amongst trees, plants and seeds. I want people to be able to grow their own food.

If you would like to purchase Cottage Garden seeds or Native seeds, you can order these from us at Cygnet Market.

All of my products are also available most days from 1pm at The Garden Shed and Pantry, Cygnet

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Cygnet Market Winner Wanted – July 21

Pictured below is the fourth winner of the GaSP! Take 10 voucher from the July 21 Cygnet Market.

The person highlighted below will be entitled to ten percent discount off their next purchases from the Garden Shed and Pantry prior to the Cygnet Market on August 18.  If you know the person pictured, please contact them and let them know they are a WINNER!!

The winner should email us here to claim their prize.

Jane

High Tea Highlights!

The second of the seasonal cooking experiences from around the world was held in Cygnet today.   Scrumptious and exquisite taste tempters, sweet and savoury, from Morocco, China and Australia.

Thanks to Sally, Catherine, Sandra and Kate for leading the way in providing new experiences for the twelve participants.

Here are a selection of photos from a fabulous day:

Welcome!

Welcome!

Catherine and Sandra

Catherine and Sandra

Sally and Kate

Sally and Kate

The Congregation

The Congregation

Sandra's Cheesecake base

Sandra’s Cheesecake

Catherine's Production Line

Sally’s Production Line

Making Galettes

Making Galettes

Kate and ingredients for wild dip

Kate and ingredients for wild dip

Getting Ready for...

Getting Ready for…

..more Food

..more Food

Tea, anyone?

Tea, anyone?

High Tea 1

High Tea 1

High Tea 2

High Tea 2

Four Fantastic Cooks

Four Fantastic Cooks

Yoghurt Cultures now available

Yoghurt

Yoghurt

New stocks of our best-selling varieties of yoghurt cultures from CheeseLinks in Melbourne have just arrived.

They are so easy to make and incredibly economical, costing only a few cents / litre + you choose the milk you want to use and there’s NO milk powder or other fillers. Each packet makes 250 litres and keeps for at least a year in the freezer. Share one with friends!

Heat milk of your choice to 90C (about 8 minutes), allow to cool to 45C (about 20 minutes), stir in a pinch of the culture granules and leave in a warm place for 12 hours. Then chill. I make it in the morning, leave it to do its thing all day, refrigerate it at night and its cold, ready to eat for breakfast.

Here is some information about the two cultures I am selling:

CaBY is a smooth, mild yoghurt with the well-known acidophilus and bifidus strains of bacteria which we call probiotics.

Probiotics are organisms which live in the intestinal tract and assist the body in the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients.

YC380 has a stronger flavour and contains 2 other, less advertised but amazing probiotics:

Streptococcus thermophilus is best known for it’s gastrointestinal health benefits owing to the presence of its strain in the human intestines. Probiotic yoghurt containing thermophilus strain forms one of the most effective ways of preventing rotavirus diarrhea in children. Besides, it is also beneficial for rendering and monitoring stable growth in children. Another benefit that this lactic acid bacteria has been observed to have, is its antioxidative ability.

Streptococcus thermophilus has an important role alleviating symptoms of lactose intolerance and other gastrointestinal disorders. Streptococcus thermophilus is part of the same family as the strep throat infection. This good bacteria has antioxidant properties, protecting the intestinal tract from free radicals and assisting in the resistance of colon cancer formation.

Lactobacillus is a bacterium normally found in the mouth, intestinal tract, and vagina. Lactobacillus is used for preventing mouth sores and vaginal infections caused by bacteria and yeast infections. Humans appear to have a symbiotic relationship with this bacteria. As much as antibiotics are used to cure infections in the body, probiotics can help prevent them in the first place.

  • Often used to prevent and stop diarrhea in both adults and children
  • Lactobacillus helps your body to absorb dairy products. It can enable someone who is lactose intolerant to consume dairy products by breaking down the lactose from foods to a more suitable form
  •  In both the food industry and in supplements lactobacillus has a positive effect on nutrient bio availability.
  • Lactobacillus is a strong probiotic, being one of the healthiest choices of consumption, it has been considered by some to be even more important than vitamin C.
  • Lactobacillus based foods help you get the right amount of “good” and “bad” bacteria inside of your body. If you do not have a good ratio, no amount of minerals and vitamins will do you any good.
  • Aids production of vitamin B and vitamin K
  • Sustains optimal blood pressure level
  • Supports efficient inflammatory response
  • Promotes optimal fungal and viral levels
  • Aids metabolism and breakdown of toxins
  • Promotes mineral and vitamin absorption
  • Can be easily stored
  • No conflict with other vitamins, minerals, amino acids and any other medications
  • Lactobacillus are able to translocate and survive in the spleen and other organs for many days. They may even stimulate the immune system and get your defense system up and running.
  • Some researchers have found that some strains of lactobacillus can stimulate powerful defense cells like the natural killer cells and also increase the anti-viral chemicals like interferon.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/112805-types-probiotics/#ixzz1ykuTUFvX

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Yoghurt Culture is available from $23 from the Garden Shed and Pantry and the Cygnet Market. 

Organic Quinoa Flour now available

With quinoa becoming more popular not only as a wonderful, gluten free flour but also as an exceptional cake flour, we felt it was time to source some organic quinoa flour for The Garden Shed and Pantry.  Presently there are very few farmers of quinoa in Australia and there is no quinoa being milled commercially for flour in Australia.

Checking all of our contacts produced very little information.  Moreover, there are specialist retailers selling quinoa flour at prices we would be uncomfortable charging.

While I was in South Australia, I was able to contact a woman recently returned from Bolivia who is involved in the importing of quinoa flour and has regular contact with the farmers over there.

Irupana Andean Organic Food S.A. is a Bolivian business with a strong sense of social responsibility, which manufactures and sells natural and organic foods produced by small farmers in the indigenous communities from the highlands, valleys and tropical areas around the Andean Range of Bolivia.

Organic Royal Quinoa Flour

Organic Royal Quinoa Flour

We now have Organic Gluten-free Royal Quinoa Flour from Bolivia.  You can read more about the Bolivian agro ecological phenomenon which is unique in the world if you go to the Irupana website.

Organic Gluten-free Royal Quinoa Flour is available in 500g and 1kg bags from the Garden Shed and Pantry and the Cygnet Market.

Organic Wheat Grass at The Cygnet Market

We have a wide range of friends and contacts in the Huon area.  Often we catch up with them in between busy periods, at the Cygnet Market.  The Cygnet Market is held first and third Sundays of every month, come rain or shine.  The majority of the stallholders are inside the Cygnet Town Hall, but some brave souls prefer the outside.  People like Alex, from Golden Valley Farm who sells vegetables and Gerard, from Nicholls Rivulet Organic Food Farm, who sells organic beef (and great beef sausages sometimes in a slab of Kate’s sourdough) can be found out the front of the Town Hall or down the side laneway.  Inside, if its cold, we turn the heaters on!

Last weekend, a good friend, Leo, a local potato farmer and retired dairy farmer dropped by to show us the organic wheat grass he is now growing.  We offered to sell the trays of organic wheat grass for him at the Cygnet Market.  The wheat grass created a lot of interest and people could not help but run their hands over the top of the blades when they came up to our market stall.

The Cygnet Market co-ordinator, Julie, came up on the stage to have a look at what all the fuss was about.  They had their jackets on because we had just opened up the Hall and it had just turned 8am.  The temperature was marginally above zero.  It was so cold the rain on the steel stairs had frozen!  We had to beg a bucket of hot water from the girls at Lotus Eaters Cafe to throw over the stairs before we could unload all of the goodies from the cars!

Leo and Julie with Cygnet Markets newest product

Leo and Julie with Cygnet Markets newest product

Wheat Grass was made popular in the 1940’s by Ann Wigmore, a Lithuanian immigrant to Boston.  Wigmore, an holistic health practitioner developed the wheat grass diet, which is centred on sprouts, raw produce, nuts and seeds and avoids meat, dairy and cooked products.  There are still many people who are keen on this type of food and health food shops promote tablets made from wheat grass and similar products.

Leo makes a delicious drink in his vitamix of fresh pineapples and oranges blended with apricot kernels and wheat grass.

Organic Wheat Grass

Organic Wheat Grass

Contact us if you are interested in purchasing Organic Wheat Grass or if you are looking for an ongoing supply.  Trays (approx 30 cm square) are $12.50.