raised garden, the making.

Over the summer, I had some extra time on my hands and decided to start my own home garden. I have since been bitten by the ‘garden bug’ so to speak and have slowly moved from this ↓

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what I started with.

to this↓

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the finished product.

With my limited knowledge of above ground small scale gardens, rather than pursue this gardening endeavour with solid base of internet research and garden related reading, I just decided to start making stuff and see what happened.

My first pallet square was a bit of a rush job, I am not the most patient person, so I just pulled out my saw and hammer and started cutting stuff up!

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my first pallet bed in the making…

After this first pallet garden, I quickly decided that I NEEDED more.

Well my friends, Bunnings (in Australia thats THE place to go for handy person things, garden things, home improvement things, most things actually…) is the place to go! If you are really lucky and find a nice employee they will show you out the back to the pallet graveyard! This is where you can find almost any kind of pallet you could wish for! Even some pre-made garden pallets, which were my most exciting find to date!

So now I have 3 pallet gardens, and large selection of plastic pots in a variety of sizes, and have recently planted potatoes in old horse feed bags! I will do a follow up post about using bags to grow potatoes, or you could google ‘growing potatoes in bags’ and there are many helpful pages already out there.

So to finish off, making your own veggie garden can be simple and cost effective! The best thing to do if you want to start growing your own food, is just to start! And share your ideas around with other people, visit some community gardens, do some pintresting, the resources are endless.

 

 

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making pasta.

ingredients.

plain flour

salt

eggs

from a bit of trial and error, I have worked out that if you go for a ratio of

1 egg : 3/4 cup flour

generally it works out good! I should also note that the one “serve” of pasta generally equates to 1 egg and 3/4 cup of flour. However if you like your meals on the bigger size, you will find this vary accurate measurement frustratingly inadequate…

method.

If you enjoy washing dishes as much as me *insert sarcastic eye roll* you will enjoy this step. Clean off a bench (note you will be making the pasta dough on the bench so I suggest finding one that you feel comfortable eating off) and sift your flour straight onto the surface you have chosen.

Then carefully make the flour mound into a flour bowel like so↓

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flour bowel.

Crack your eggs straight into your flour bowl and GENTLY whisk with a fork ↓

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eggs in the flour bowel (try to restrain yourself when whisking as the flour bowel as it does not have much structural integrity).
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After about 5 minutes of whisking, the flour will have started to mix in with the eggs.

You can now attempt to mix the last of your flour bowel in to the eggs (this step can get messy) and bring the dough together ↓

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its dough!

Knead the dough for a bit until it is smooth (about 5-10 minutes) and seperate it into palm sized balls ↓

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dough balls.

Wrap the balls in plastic wrap and let the sit for a minimum of 30 minutes (if you forget about them and leave them for 3 hours thats ok too).

Once you are ready to roll out your pasta you can either use a pasta roller OR if you are cheap like me, a rolling pin and muscles (trust me, you will need the muscles)!

Sprinkle your work surface (or pasta maker) with flour and and start rolling. It is a good idea to fold your pasta sheets into thirds between rolling or passing through the pasta roller do this 3-6 times depending on how much stamina you have…

If you aim for 1mm thick sheets you will have a good size to make spaghetti, fettuccine, and lasagna sheets.

I had to hand cut my pasta, which was marginally successful ↓

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my hand cut fettuccine.

At this point your options are endless as to what you can do with your pasta, go wild, make something up! You could try making ravioli, or tortelli, or stick to the classics!

To cook your pasta, bring a big pot of water to a rolling boil, add some salt and dump in your pasta. If you are cooking it fresh it will only take about 5 minutes to cook (some say that once the pasta starts floating then its ready).

Congrats you have made pasta! Drain, cover in your fav edible pasta accessories and EAT!

intro.

Hi. This is me.

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me.

Recently graduating from uni, landing a job, and leaving said job 6 months later I have found myself [again] in that period of limbo that most of us 1st worlders experience in the interim between High School and deciding what the heck to do with the rest of our lives.

At this point in someones life there is this usually one little question that starts niggling the back of their mind…”what do I do with my life?”

For some people this question has one simple answer. For others, maybe the answer is slightly more complicated. For (what I expect might be the majority) the rest of us out there, the answer changes as quickly as  -insert cool metaphor here, maybe something to do with my younger sister* and changing cloths while getting ready for a date-.

Just this morning I decided that I was going to become a dolphin trainer, then a tour guide, then maybe I would open a coffee shop. But maybe I will go back to uni and do a research Masters… What about becoming a Vet! I like animals, I am good with medical stuffs.

See my dilemma? So after some initial soul searching and wise advice, I have decided that rather than try to be one thing or another, it is time that I embrace my indecisiveness and just enjoy who I am. This site is going to be a place to share my projects and interests with the internet and see what happens.

happy reading.

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*pls note I don’t have a younger sister.