March – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

March – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. March is the month when we get busy! Very busy! Even though it still feels like summer, we do have autumn. The winter sowing and planting have started and I am excited about it! I also look forward to the following weeks when I can spend more time in the garden. The summer heat and humidity didn’t make it very easy lately. General jobs in March Note: This is the monthly edition. If you haven’t read my ‘Autumn Gardening Jobs’ article yet, start there: Autumn – Permaculture Food Gardening… Read More

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Autumn – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

Autumn – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. March, April, and May are autumn months. The days are getting shorter and the summer heat is slowly going back. Very slowly, I would say. The ‘summer bugs’ are getting fewer, which is a bonus! We can start to sow and plant the winter crop. Yes! The time of radishes, brassicas, and other subtropical winter veggies has finally arrived. Yummy! While March is still very hot and humid, the following two months will bring some relief, and the garden work becomes a pure pleasure. I promise! Listening to nature… Read More

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Sweet Chilli Sauce Recipe – Simple and Quick

Why would you make your sweet chili sauce? because you have plenty of chilies in your garden or… you have read the ingredients on the sweet chili sauce bottle you bought at the supermarket because natural homegrown and homemade food is always best! Okay, I got lots of chillies in my garden but I also checked the ingredients on the bottle from the store-bought one and I don’t like any of the additives like flavours, colours, and preservatives….! Sweet Chilli Sauce Recipe – Simple and Quick 300-400g chillies 6-8 cloves garlic some ginger and or turmeric (optional) 2 cups of white vinegar 2 cups of sugar dash of salt Combine… Read More

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February – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

February – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, self-sufficient and sustainable living consultant, and healthy food advocate. Hot and humid! However, nature is generous with rain at the moment and we appreciate every single drop and enjoy the food we harvest at this time of the year, and there is plenty to harvest! We are not running out of jobs in the garden, however, we are limiting the work to the early morning and/or very late afternoon hours. In addition to the summer gardening jobs listed below, February is the month when I prune all sorts of my perennial and self-seeding bushes. Especially Pigeon… Read More

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Passionfruit Jam Recipe – Quick and Easy

Perfect, and such a delicious way to preserve passionfruit when in abundance. This is my husband’s recipe ( I made the jam! LOL) and I think it is the best I have ever tried so I am sharing it today with you. Passionfruit Jam Recipe – Quick and Easy Ingredients Tip: Make sure that all the jars and lids are clean and in “as new” condition, and the jars and lids are super clean, and rinsed with boiling water.

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January – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia

January – Permaculture Food Gardening in Subtropical Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, self-sufficient living consultant, and healthy food advocate. January and February are the hottest months in Australia. The gardening hours are limited at this time of the year but we don’t stop growing food. I usually sort my jobs by priority and the list below shows pretty much my food forest summer priorities. Most work is done in the morning and late afternoon. It doesn’t make much sense to grill yourself during the day. Sitting on the veranda and enjoying a cold drink while planning your autumn garden or reading an interesting book is a much better… Read More

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Ricotta Cookies Sweet or Savory – Your Choice – Quick and Easy

Very simple recipe with a delicious outcome. Equal parts of butter, ricotta, and wholemeal. Easy to remember and so versatile! You can fill them with jam to make a dessert, or with bacon and cheese, or whatever you prefer to create a sweet or savory snack! Yummy!! And here is the recipe. Enjoy! Ricotta Cookies Sweet or Savory – Your Choice – Quick and Easy Let me know in the comments below how did you go. I would love to hear from you!

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Yucca Blossoms with Bacon and Green Onions – Cooking with Yucca

Cooking with Yucca flowers is fun and the Yucca plant is so easy to grow! Yucca flowers contain high amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants. They can be prepared in many ways like delicious antipasti, omelets, soups, sauteed with tomatoes and onions, pasta sauce, and, and, and. Yucca blossoms taste like something between artichoke and white cabbage. The best way to prepare is to blanche the petals before you start cooking with them. You can freeze the blanched petals for later use. Last night, we had Yucca flowers as a side dish. Delicious! My husband cooked it and here is the recipe. Yucca Blossoms with Bacon and Green Onions –… Read More

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December in the Garden- Permaculture Food Gardening in Australia

December in the Garden- Permaculture Food Gardening in Australia by Ewa Bekiesch, Permaculture designer, educator, self-sufficient living consultant, and healthy food advocate. Summer is here! Hot and humid days are going to be our companions for the next three months or so with more or less rain however, this doesn’t stop us from producing healthy and delicious food! There is no “food-growing brake” in a self-sufficient homestead. Firstly because we love naturally grown food without any additives, and secondly because many different foods are happily growing during this time of the year. This article might give you some ideas about what can be done, sown, planted, and harvested in the… Read More

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