This is a blog about what goes on in the Brock back yard and kitchen in sunny Alice Springs. Our family is one of a dieing race that cook everything from scratch, preserve at every opportunity and want to teach our kids where their food comes from - the meat as well as the 3 veg. We are also avid seedsavers and have trialled and tested many plants in the alice Springs conditions, which we then share with the community.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
New babes and seeds to save
New baby rabbits have arrived. this time the litter is bigger - probably 7 - 9 but i haven't been able to get a close look yet. She did have them in theburrow again despite the fact that the hutch looked pretty good to me.
The winter rain has brought out lots of grren growth and herbs so there are mounds of milk thistle (and wild lettuce and marshmallow) to be had around the neighbourhood. i've been stopping my bike on the way home to partake of the bounty on the road verges.
On the weekend we harvested carrots, fennel, chines greens, broccoli and planted some beetroot - and made a nice Ministrone. My cucumber seed has finally fermented enough that the seeds are free from the gooey coating. This time i floated the green goo off the seeds while the seeds sank to the bottom of the container. They are layed out on a tea towel until they are dry enough to transfer to a paper bag for further drying.
We also had a big seed sowing of summer vegetables - including tomatoes - although we should have planted these a bit earlier. I'm on the verge of running out of room in the hot house!