Well, I have prooved my point about not being able to grow a thing and having no green thumbs to speak of.... Of our 5 little herb seedlings we planted last weekend: Not one survived.
Partially - in our defense! - this was because 2 days after we planted the little babies, we had a freak hailstorm (hail the size of marbles!) and there was a bit of damage to their delicate little fronds.
The rest has been eaten by... Something.
So far, our food growing/homesteading/'feed our whole family from the garden' dream is looking pretty grim. 0/5. Not only was I feeling particularly glum about this failure, but then found that one of our poor hens had fallen into a horse water trough while we'd been out, and drowned. And another is looking like she's not long for this world (although I suspect that's more to do with her age, than bad luck).
It's hard not to feel disheartened. How do we combat a pest in our veggie patch when we're not even sure what it is?! Rabbits? Slugs? Birds? Will this be our fate?: Working hard and spending a fortune to feed the wildlife?!
Something that is still feeding us, however is the citrus - THANK GOODNESS FOR THE CITRUS! It has served to keep my faith that we can grow food here! Oh sure, the cockatoos take a share of the oranges, but we can afford to share! There's plenty to go round!
Katie's latest favourite activity is to pick a bucket of oranges off the tree, juice them all like crazy, and make orange icypoles! It's wonderful knowing she's learning about where food comes from, but also making a preservative/refined sugar free snack, and she can do it all by herself!
And I found a wonderful EASY MICROWAVE LEMON CURD recipe which I have been making use of to use up all those lemons!
Now Im including this without permission from the author - but only because I dont know how to contact her to ask her! But it's just too good not to include, and full credit goes to Nancy Johnson of Speers Court - Nancy, I hope you dont mind! x
Easy Microwave Lemon Curd
(Makes about 600mls-ish.)
180ml lemon juice
zest of all the juiced lemons (I only actually used zest of 2 lemons)
4 egg yolks
3 eggs extra
3/4 cup caster sugar
125g unsalted butter
Place all ingredients into a microwave proof bowl and microwave on medium for 6-8 min stopping to whisk every minute. (You know it's done when it thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon)
I strained the zest out of mine before I chilled it, but you certainly dont have to!
How do you keep pests out of your garden?
What do your kids/grandkids love to cook?
Just heading out to put some wire over that water trough: Chooks cant swim well. Apparently.
RIP little chookie x