Monthly Archives: March 2011

Project Compost: A Handy Tip

Raindrop from Life is a Pea

Lovely reader Sweet Pea of Life is a Pea contacted me recently about a possible solution to my can’t-compost-weeds problem.

“in the past I have recycled weeds by placing into a 20litre bucket with a tight fitted lid. Covering weeds well with water. Stir whenever you remember, keep stored in a cool and if possible covered space. Eventually the weeds will break down almost completely to a mush. The resulting liquid makes a great tea with which to liquid fertilize your plants…make sure you dilute first. Good luck!”

I will absolutely be trying this over the coming weeks. After all this rain we’ve had an explosion of weedy growth (who am I kidding?! it’s always weedy around here!) and I plan to tackle the weeding/feeding/mulching sometime soon.

I’ll be sure to let you know how we go too.

Thanks Sweet Pea!! x

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The weekend just gone was a really insanely wet one, and I think it was only by sheer determination that I got outside and did a little bit in the garden. My rain jacket got a workout, put it that way, but it made me oh-so-ridiculously-happy.

I planted a flapjack in the chamberpot. It looked a lot healthier at the nursery, so I don’t have high hopes for it, but we’ll see how it fares.

I also dug up the liriope from the garden, where we plonked it about a year ago. We knew nothing about gardening then (still know very little now) and thought it was a native. It’s not. And it would also take over the garden if we left it there, so out she came. I divided it into two and put it into two old pots though, which will go to the front deck.

We have a long, empty stretch of garden bed where my beautiful lavenders died off late last year (the shame!!). Too much water then not enough water meant very sad plants. We’re not entirely sure what to put there yet, so rather than waste money I decided to throw a few snapdragon seeds in there for some winter flowers. I merrily emptied the packet in the turned soil and watered in well. Then I read the packet and saw that I had just planted 1500 snapdragon seeds. 1500! If it’s not a spectacular display of colour then I will feel mightily ripped off. Of the 1500 I’d expect at least 12 of those seeds to give me some flowers. That’s what I get for gardening in the semi-dark at 7:30 on Saturday night though, I guess!

Meat-free Monday: Quesadillas are good for a Friday. Written on a Tuesday.

My own (read: bastardised) version of Sally’s delicious vege quesadillas. So awesomely awesome for a Friday night spent drinking porter and watching Arrested Development. Rock and/or roll.

1. Grate up your vegies of choice. Or whatever remains in the fridge at the time of cooking. We used squash, zucchini, corn, carrot and sweet potato. 

*Awesome side-note: leave the skin on your carrot, sweet potatoes etc. Much of the fibre and goodness in these vegies is in the skin. And you can’t taste any difference. (Wash them first of course.)

2. Olive oil and garlic in a pan. Let them do their thing for a second.

3. Throw in your vegies and give them a good ten minutes. Stir occasionally.

4. Add half a can of refried beans (I know! Really though.) A full can is pretty salty so we cut down on account of the little one. Give it another few minutes.

5. Take a tortilla (we use wholegrain – you feel virtuous while eating, it’s great) and spread some of the vegie mix over half of it. Sprinkle with grated cheese and fold in half. Repeat for as many as you need.

6. Heat some oil in a frypan. Pop the tortillas in the pan one or two at a time. Fry on one side for 2-3 minutes and flip to the other side. Cook for another minute or two.

7. Serve with guacamole and sour cream.


** Quick guacamole: 1-2 avocadoes mashed up, 1-2 tomatoes diced up, a squeeze of lemon juice and some salt and pepper. Mix together. Deliciousness in a bowl. We have it on toast regularly.

We would have this at least once every three weeks. Its cheap because you can use up your left over vegies and it’s healthy. Win-win.

Chamberpot Madness

So Saturday we made our way in the rain (seriously, crazy amounts of rain here. crazy) back to Dave’s Furniture Bargains in Windsor, and my beautiful chamber pot was still there! Score 1 for the Brooke.

Unfortunately, it was $25. Score 1 for the Dave.

We bought it anyway. Score 2 for the Dave.

The Dave wins.

We have since decided that garage sales need to be part of our life. No-one is going to charge you $25 for a chamberpot at a garage sale.

And here endeth the lesson.

Get Out!

Get. Out.

They were my exact words when our wonderful cousins gifted us with this most amazing Jason Wing painting over the weekend.

Get. Out.

In other, less aggressive news, we had a wonderful, wet weekend. There was some gardening, a long drive, we visited the farm in Richmond to buy our fruit and veges and Sparky moved the three cubic metres of topsoil to prep for the turf next weekend. (Just a note: three cubic metres is a lot of soil.) I also managed to undercoat all the trim in the laundry, we played in the rain with Isy and we made French toast, vegetable quesadillas, lamb pot roast and chocolate brownies (not all at once).

Simple, yet really enjoyable. Maybe the Lav. Experiment is having a beneficial effect on this ol’ stress-head?