I just thought I would take a small break from “doing everything all of the time” to share a few photos of how the 14 fridge wicker beds look now that they are covered with netting. We are winding down from our very first all vegan Christmas that coincided with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day delivering hot and sweaty conditions to everyone on Serendipity Farm thanks to a couple of tropical lows off the top of Australia that are pushing down the tropical weather to where it doesn’t belong (here!)
I have been a vegan for many years now but tend to eat very simply as otherwise I would be cooking two full meals every night. Now that Steve has decided to become vegan I can experiment a bit with our food and have found some really delicious recipes including one for mayonnaise that tastes spectacular and a Cottage pie that was so delicious Steve gave it 9 out of 10. A full vegan Christmas involved making Steve some Christmas Mexican burgers that he had with avocado and salad as well as a range of different salads (all delicious) and a well planned selection of vegan truffles and a scrumptious alternative to fruit mince pies (with narf7’s homemade ultra boozy vegan fruit mince) that involved melding a fruit mince tart with a bakewell tart. In the process I learned how to make very easy and crunchy coconut oil pastry that I will be using from now on whenever “shortcrust” pastry is required.
Just prior to Christmas we finished the cover for the wicking bed. Earl and Bezial helped by forcing us to take regular breaks while they frolicked all over the netting as we were trying to install it over the fridge wicking beds. The results are lovely, protect the beds and apparently make the veggies in the wicking beds happy as they have gone mental with the combination of protection and a couple of nice hot days.
Steve cleared up the back yard area and again, Earl-the-wonder-dog “helped”. We also decided to haul the four fridge wickers that we used in our initial (failed) attempt to put wicking beds inside Sanctuary, out of Sanctuary and put them to good use. Remember back when we were going to convert Sanctuary to rows of wicking beds? Well that idea changed quickly when they sank in the mud and after extracting them from their muddy wallow, we stacked them up ready to be used “somewhere else” as we had already filled up the old driveway with 14 beds.
The four Sanctuary beds have now taken up residence near the other beds outside the back door and I will be filling one with Japanese sweet potatoes (that grow like regular potatoes) and another one with kumara (orange sweet potatoes) cuttings taken from our friend Jennies sweet potatoes that are going mental at the moment. She is most generous to share and told me to “hurry up and get a garden bed for them and they can get growing!” She doesn’t muck around our mate Jenny…
I am also going to transplant the strawberry plants that survived the flood conditions in the wicking boat inside Sanctuary into their very own fridge wicking bed. They have stoically refused to die, despite living in boggy swamp conditions for most of the winter. If you want to grow something that will take just about everything you can throw at it, grow strawberries. My original plants came from runners that I found at the local tip in the green waste section and they have not stopped growing ever since I rescued them from certain (burning) doom.
I would like, at this point of the post, to thank Marlene who blogs over at https://insearchofitall.wordpress.com/. A long time ago, in fact 2 blogs ago! Marlene and Ms Pauline and several other lovely bloggers gifted me a series of delightful bunting to grace the netting of Sanctuary. I was in awe at how lovely they all were and they were FAR too nice to string up in my possum infested netting. After adding the netting to Narnia (so called because Steve installed an old set of wardrobe doors as the entry point of the wicking bed empire) I suddenly remembered my delightful bunting and after sifting through the loveliness, I happened upon Marlene’s lovely bunting that was bright, colourful AND waterproof. Marlene was amazingly generous and sent me three strings of bunting and all three now hang happily and colourfully inside Narnia. The little blue wrens that live on our property have decided that Narnia is their personal garden and zip in and out of the larger holes on the fence (that possums can’t squeeze through) and when I was top watering the seedlings a week ago, I noticed a little bright blue male wren and his partner jumping around on Marlene’s gorgeous bunting as if they owned the enclosure.
We filled the four wicking beds this morning with some water to test that they are water tight and we then turned the old door of Narnia that we made out of rustic ti tree logs and that we just couldn’t get to actually work as a door on the structure into a rustic trellis by covering it with an off-cut of ex fish farm netting that we used to cover the structure. We then got creative and made some garden art. Our garden art was the result of some left over ti tree poles from Narnia’s construction, a strange pyramid that Steve and I found on the beach (we think it looks like it blew off a gazebo?!) and brought home as we figured it could be useful for something, an old tilly lamp we had hanging in the shed and a bit of ingenuity. We have been watching all of the series of “Heroes” again on Netflix and were inspired by Hiro’s Samurai helmet to create our very own Samurai folly. We call him “Clancy” as he sits right next to the rainwater tank’s overflow. My sister has christened him our very own Japanese Dalek. We think he fits in well with Serendipity Farm and I will most likely plant some edible vine in a pot next to Clancy to grow up and over him.
I think most of you are still recovering from Christmas or other holiday celebrations and so I won’t tax you all by making this post too long so until my next post, have a lovely time doing whatever you are doing and enjoy the heck out of it. 2017 is just around the corner and I, for one, couldn’t be happier to greet the new year running.