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Main courses

Zucchini Fritters
Because I know I will make zucchini fritters at some stage, and this looks like a nice base recipe.

Chickpea, Chorizo and Spinach Dish
This seems like a good grown-up dish to cook.

Sweet Potato and Salmon Quiche
Quiches are great, but I donโ€™t know that Iโ€™ve ever really cooked one myself.

Couscous with seven vegetables
We saw this on SBS and it looked divine!

Sustainable Living Festival

This weekend I went to the Sustainable Living Festival in Federation Square. There were lots and lots of stall holders including organic food, ideas for house and garden as well as lots of fairtrade and organic clothing and other stuff. There was also lots of great talks, although I only made it to a few of them.
In an attempt to not take a million brochures (and thus trees) I tried to refuse brochures from people instead taking down their web addresses. Thus follows a list of links I wrote down.
By the by I have some photos and a few posts to make on my garden, it is still there despite the heat, things have just piled up lately and the blog goes to the bottom of the pile.

Permaculture Melbourne
I didn’t actually make it into this stall as it was always crowded out, but as permaculture is a great idea I wrote down their site. They have ways for people from different areas to get involved which looks great.

The Victoria Naturally Alliance
A woman accosted me as I was walking along finishing up writing the last address down and rather than take a brochure I said I would write the address down. I think they are involved in saving forests and the like. However I am not much of a joiner so I didn’t look closely.

Oases Graduate School
I doubt I would ever do my grad dip, but these guys have a really holistic program rather than focussing on one aspect of a healthy society in isolation they look at all aspects. If I were to do a grad dip (let’s get through a BA first), then this looked good from the stall.

Very Edible Gardens
These edible garden people are awesome. They sell garden beds, some of them are raised, so it is like working at a work bench, rather than crawling along the ground, which I think is a great way of making gardening more accessible to more people. On top of that they have a deal where you pay and they set up a garden and will come and look after it for you. Basically they do all the work and you get a killer veggie patch. The reason I like this is because people who are busy or don’t want to put in the work can still see how awesome it is, and maybe even take over looking after the garden themselves after a while. ๐Ÿ™‚

Resource Smart
This is a government website that was listed up in the Design Tent. I wrote it down because I figured it would have some good tips. I notice one of their tips is to go to the festival, so I must be doing something right!

Alternative Technology Association
The ATA people put on a great talk on what renters can do to be more sustainable, a lot was stuff I knew, some was stuff I can’t do where I’m living, but lots was good tips for now and in the future. They also gave out a book on how to save water which I am reading through, it has some great ideas.

Lanfax Laboratories
The ATA talk quoted some stats from this site. I believe they have statistics on good laundry powder to use and the like.

Permablitz: An informal gathering involving a day on which a group of at least two people come together to achieve the following:
* create or add to edible gardens where someone lives
* share skills related to permaculture and sustainable living
* build community networks
* have fun
Why wouldn’t anyone want to be involved in that?

Balcony Garden Dreaming
This woman was so beautiful and passionate about balcony gardens. I took down lots of notes and tips from her which may become the basis for another post.

This I did not need to write down as I saw it everywhere and remembered it. It seems to be more of a search engine for sustainable-type stuff.

Garden – Day 2

Note: There are eight pics at the end of this post, future posts will not have so many.

I am now the proud owner of my own garden ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday Opa and I went to Bunnings and bought some sleeper posts. I would have loved to have bought the actual old railway sleepers, but they were about five times as much. Then we went to a nursery and picked up some dirt as well as me going in and shopping for plants.
I bought Marigolds, chillis, leeks, cherry tomatoes, oregano and one of those dry daisy thingies (see end of post for pictures).

Opa built my garden as an extension of the existing veggie patch, but it is still quite distinct. We didn’t have enough dirt to fill the whole thing, so we halved it and planted one half. The good thing about this is that the second half will have the benefit of Joanne’s input.
She came home and said “did you put newspaper underneath the soil?” no. “did you mix any compost in?” no. “did you mix any potting mix in?” no, but we did put a layer of that good dirt that was in the wheelbarrow on top! She made a “well I don’t think it will work but we shall see” face and gave us her congratulations.
When I planted all the plants (all this was done before she got home) I didn’t want them to be all in sections, I wanted them to be all over the place. But when I started pulling seedlings out of their punnets I realised I had a heck of a lot of plants. Also, I thought I had 6 leeks, but then there was about 6 leeks in each clump, so I had around 36 leeks!! Yikes. The leeks could be planted closer together, so I decided to make a border of them, the border went around 2 sides, so that was good. I ended up leaving the oregano out, because it just didn’t fit. The cherry tomatoes are also all in one spot cos they need to be staked, I guess I could have put them about randomly, but I like the stakes that we have (as seen in the pics below) that join at the top and split out. But everything else got planted randomly. Which isn’t TOO exciting as ‘everything else’ was marigolds and two types of chilli.
Actually, in terms of staking I would like to try using concrete reinforcing wire a la Homegrown Evolution. None of the pictures show it too well, but in J&K’s established garden, the staking and growing things are all very esoteric.
So today I mulched the garden, and I intend to put some liquid fertiliser on it as well later on today.

For the second half of the garden we will put paper underneath and mix in some good stuff so that the soil will be totally awesome soil when it comes time to plant.
Oh, I also learnt that Joanne’s zucchinis are going to grow all over my garden, whoops!

Once again, Homegrown Evolution inspired me to buy chillis, I would also like to be tougher in the hot-stuff stakes.

I bought two different kinds, in case one was better or worse than the other. I didn’t want to put all my eggs in the one basket.

Leeks are awesome, and I was struggling to buy veggies that J&K aren’t already growing.

Marigolds are because I remember planting them in the veggie garden when I was a kid. And cos I don’t think that gardens should be divided into ‘only veggies’ and ‘only pretty stuff’.

I wanted to buy daisies, and this was the only one I saw that I liked the look of, not a regular daisy, but very cool nonetheless.

Here you can see the two halves of my garden and the corner of J&K’s garden.

I love this pic for the progression from soil to seedlings to ready-to-eat plants.

And this is after I put mulch on this morning.

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