Some of my favourite links & places to get plants

These are justome of my favourite links and places to get plants – you could add your own:

Information about local indigenous fauna & flora – http://wiki.iffa.org.au/index.php?title=Main_Page

Places to buy indigenous plants, particularly tube stock, (also listed on the iffa site):

Victorian Indigenous Nurseries Co-operative (VINC), Yarra Bend Rd, Fairfield 3078 – http://www.vinc.net.au/ (seedlings propagated from locally-collected seed)
Western Plains Flora, (by appointment),628 Wildwood Rd, Wildwood VIC 3429

Good commercial nurseries:

Kuranga Native Nursery, 118 York Road, Mount Evelyn, Victoria 3796 Australia – http://www.kuranga.com.au/ (good for established native plants)

Poynton’s of Essendon, The Boulevard (cnr Vida St.), Essendon VIC 3040 – http://www.poyntonsofessendon.com.au/index.asp (good for vegetable & herb seedlings and fruit trees, plus most garden supplies)

Richard Brown

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11/12/2010 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

2nd Birthday Harvest!

Well the November weather was on its best behaviour, no pouring rain which seems to come every 2nd weekend. The Urban Harvest’s 2nd Birthday was another wonderful harvest, with a mix of new comers and regulars, brownies and summer pudding, cordial and tea, greens and broad beans, preserves and eggs. Someone bought the candles and happy birthday was sung. There was lots of eating and drinking, and of course some swapping at the end. There was tonnes of silverbeet and spinach, enough to satisfy any Popeye.  Duck eggs made an appearance alongside ours and Helen’s chook eggs. And there were lots of nice seedlings/cuttings being handed out, along with the tips on growing them. Thanks again for everyone’s support to keep our harvest going and making it a fun and friendly time for everyone involved. We couldn’t do it without you all.

05/12/2010 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

Nadine Abensur’s Portuguese Tarts

Nadine Abensur’s Portuguese tarts

 

Ingredients – filling

180 gm caster sugar

180 ml water

4 tbs corn flour

440 ml milk

560 ml double cream

10 large egg yolks

 

Ingredients – pastry

250 gm plain flour

2 tbs caster sugar

100 gm butter in small cubes

150 ml cold water

150 gm soft butter, sliced

 

Method – pastry

Make the pastry first. Sift flour, stir in sugar, rub in cubed butter until mix resembles fine bread crumbs. Mix in cold water until you have a smooth, soft paste. Roll lightly into a ball, cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Roll out pastry onto lightly floured surface till 45 cm long. Spread two thirds of the soft butter over two thirds of the pastry. Fold the unbuttered third over. Spread the remaining butter over this and then fold again to encase the butter. Wrap in cling wrap and chill 15 mins.

Roll out pastry giving it two 90 degree turns until it is 45cms long and 15cm wide. Then fold in three. Turn this parcel 90 degrees and then roll and fold as before. Wrap in cling wrap and chill for 15 mins.

Lightly butter and flour 18 cups of three muffin tins. On a lightly floured surface roll out pastry until 3 mm thick and cut out rounds to fit muffin cups. Chill while you make the filling. Pre-heat oven to 180deg.

To make filling put the sugar and water in a small saucepan and stir over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved. Raise the heat and boil vigorously, without stirring, until the mixture is syrupy but not coloured. Remove from heat and set aside. Dissolve the cornflour in a little of the milk. Heat the rest of the milk with the double cream until it reaches boiling point, then immediately remove from the heat. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks until thick. Mix in the hot milk, sugar syrup and dissolved cornflour. Put this custard into a clean saucepan and stir over low heat until comes to the boil and thickens. Stir in the rose water* and once again remove from heat immediately so it doesn’t boil or curdle. Pour mixture into prepared tins and bake for 20mins.

* I left out the rosewater for more traditional custard tarts – and because Em hates rosewater.

 

Cheers and chin chin.

 

 

05/12/2010 at 9:19 pm Leave a comment

Richard’s information on indigenous flora and fauna

One of our harvesters Richard spoke to us about some websites which he found very useful for identifying local indigenous flora and fauna and good nurseries where to buy plants/tube stock. The links are posted below.

Information about local indigenous fauna & flora – http://wiki.iffa.org.au/index.php?title=Main_Page

Places to buy indigenous plants, particularly tube stock, (also listed on the iffa site):

Victorian Indigenous Nurseries Co-operative (VINC), Yarra Bend Rd, Fairfield 3078  – http://www.vinc.net.au/

Western Plains Flora, (by appointment),628 Wildwood Rd, Wildwood VIC 3429

One that Alicia knows of in St Kilda is : SKINC (St Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-operative) – 525 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne 

Good commercial nurseries:

Kuranga Native Nursery, 118 York Road, Mount Evelyn, Victoria 3796 Australia  – http://www.kuranga.com.au/ (good for established native plants)

Poynton’s of Essendon , The Boulevard (cnr Vida St.), Essendon VIC 3040  – http://www.poyntonsofessendon.com.au/index.asp (good for vegetable & herb seedlings and fruit trees, plus most garden supplies)

01/12/2010 at 1:01 am Leave a comment

Lemon deposit

Not sure who to thank. Some lovely harvester made a balcony-lemon deposit during the week. Nestled in very good-looking, long wooden fruitbox, were dozens and dozens of delicious lemonade lemons. We’ll bring the box along to next week-end’s harvest, just in case the box-owner would like it back again, and we’ll bring lotsa lemon curd, cordial, marmalade and preserved lemons.

Ta.

xo

13/08/2010 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Meet the chooks

We finally got some chooks in June and they are settling nicely into the household. They are loving their coop which was given to us by some friends leaving the city for the country life. They are still several weeks off laying (fingers crossed) and in the meantime are loving spending every minute side by side, eating rocket, and bathing in the dirt bath together.

Francesca enjoying the sun whilst having a dirt bath

Francesca and Theodora

03/08/2010 at 11:37 pm Leave a comment

July Swap Meet

In action giving out their gardening, growing and pest control tips, whilst enjoying Alicia's lemon curd shortbreads with a hot cuppa tea

Well the heavens held out again for our saturday harvest,  we’ve been exceptionally lucky through the winter months to be blessed with sunshine, clear skies and gentle breezes. None of those gail forced winds or driving rains that seem to have followed the following sundays.

Phoebe’s tasty tamarillos: many were consumed on site but hopefully a few made it home to take pride of place in a sauce or salad.  If you’ve got any tamarillo tips – growing or eating – please feel free to post them.

Thanks to all those winter fruit swappers – we have been gleefully making cumquat marmelade, preserving lemons and curdling lemon curd, all of which will be making a reappearance next swapmeet – that’s the harvest way. We love it. xox

19/07/2010 at 12:10 am Leave a comment

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