Friday, 25 May 2007

Moving down under...

The worms have moved under the table; you may be thinking that this is because of the summer season and the desire to keep cool but its actually because we need the space on the table more than we need a container full of worms on there!

Added today: Potato peelings, kiwi fruit skins, apple skin, parsnip, lettuce, radish stalks

Saturday, 19 May 2007

Added today: banana skins, teabags, potato peelings, carott peelings, newspaper shreddings

Monday, 14 May 2007

Added today: onion skins, banana skins, potato peelings, spring onion, teabags

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

Composting bin update

Bin is looking healthy although a few flies have begun to appear. I am considering moving the bin outside as the weather is warm enough now and the fresh air won't do the bin any harm at all.

It looks as though I have my first funghi in the bin aswell!

Added: stalks from home grown mixed leaf lettuce

The vermicomposting cycle is complete!

Tonight the first meal resulting from the work of the worms was created. Now I must confess that the whole meal was not completely comprised of ingredients resulting from the worms work but there were some, namely the mixed leaf lettuce.

I chose to make a risotto with lemon, mixed leaf lettuce and pine kernels. See images below:

I stripped the leaves off the stalks for the meal which meant that I had green waste left over which of course went straight into the composting bin so the process could begin again!

Monday, 7 May 2007

More food!

This morning I picked our mixed leaf lettuce and some more radishes. Tastes very good, i recommend it!

Saturday, 5 May 2007

Brockley permaculture update...we have food!

We have our first harvest! Today we picked some of horse radishes. Now i have to confess that I don't particularly like Horse radishes but my housemate does so they will be put to good use! The mixed leaf lettuce is just about ready to pick so expect an update on the first meal created with the fruits or rather vegetables of our labour!

As you can see I have also got more plants on the go with Lavender, Rocket (already sprouting only a few days after planting!) and sweet peas. I have to say that it's very rewarding growing and eating your own food!

Thursday, 3 May 2007

Extra-curricular permaculture

I thought I should also include some other things we have growing in the flat; those being our fig and orange trees. When we moved to the flat the fig tree was looking very sad but as you can see from the photo it's a picture of health now and relishes basking in the morning sun that blazes through the bay window every day. Note use of old industrial-sized paint containers as pots, our solar-powered battery recharger and our bottle of marrow rum which is fermenting next to the fig tree!