Archive for January, 2016

I came across this recipe recently, it’s very easy to follow and even a beginner in the kitchen should be able to pull this off quite professionally … this is being shared firstly, because it is delicious and secondly because you can easily grow courgettes (also known overseas as zucchinis or baby marrows) in your own garden either in pots or in a bed!

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Home Baked Courgette ( Zucchini ) Loaf Cake

For this recipe, you will need:

 

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

 

  • 200-225 g (7-8 oz) courgette (zucchini)
  • 225 g (8 oz) plain flour
  • 200 g (7 oz) sugar
  • 125 ml (4 fl oz) oil or melted butter
  • 2 eggs

Method:

  • Pre-heat your oven to 170 Degrees Celsius (338 Degrees Fahrenheit).
  • For a couple of minutes, beat the sugar, oil and eggs until the mixture is consistently smooth.
  • After adding in the vanilla essence, sift in all of the remaining ingredients excluding the Courgette (Zucchini) and mix very well (it will become very thick at this stage).
  • Now grate the Courgette (Zucchini) coarsely and add / mix into the mixture, place in a greased loaf dish and into the oven for about 1 hour.
  • As with most cakes, you will need to allow the cake loaf tin to cool slightly before you slide the cake loaf out onto a wire cake stand or similar breathable cooling surface for 10 min’s before serving – That’s Literally It !

Note: I will try this recipe either with reduced sugar or no sugar at all and let you know the result for those more interested in a bread loaf than a cake…

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As with other berry plants, blueberries require acidic soil and the most common way to ensure this is to obtain Ericaceous compost … but this is permaculture! We certainly do not need to go out and buy another product since we can create the same result (or even better) merely by recycling at home!

After following this method, my One plant increased yield incredibly and I am 100% certain that the bush had at least between 300 – 450 berries, No Jokes!

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Mulching a blueberry bush to increase yield

Following the above image, you simply keep all of your used tea until you think you have enough to mulch the plant / pot to about 25mm (2,5cm / 1 inch) deep (if you use tea bags, keep them aside to dry, then split open and discard the bags), if you have a plant in the same pot as it came from the nursery, there is a good chance that they gave the plant some kind of wood chip, scrape this off and put aside, then spread your tea leaves out (keep it away from the plant base though), once spread nicely, you cover again with the nursery chip and leave to do it’s thing!

This should be done around now but even autumn is okay, latest should be done in spring. Other methods to increase yield is to stuff Oak leaves with a small amount of other compost-able material such as grass clippings, couple hand fulls of soil, vegetable scraps etc. into a black bin bag, place this in the sun with some small air holes and after a few months this will be well composted and will be an acidic compost due to the oak leaves, place your plant into a newer bigger pot and use  a combination of this oak leaf compost as the pot soil and the tea leaves as a mulch … you will never regret doing this, the results are spectacular! Ensure you have lot’s of space in your freezer for the excess berries.