As is the case on a Sunday, we utilised our time to full potential.
We were expecting friends over for lunch, so we were both up early getting things ready.
Kim whipped up a delicious Chocolate Ricotta Tart.
She made the shortcrust pastry, and home made/grown ingredients were Ricotta that I made during the cheese workshop, and some chooky eggs from the girls.
It was wonderful, and tasted just like a baked cheese cake with a layer of soft chocolate on top. If you are interested you can find the recipe for this tart at Taste.com.au.
Kim then made an egg and bacon pie, with my weekly bacon ration. No pictures of my own, but you can find the recipe and a picture for the egg and bacon pie at Insidecuisine.com. The recipe was created by Annabel Langbein, better known as the Free Range Cook. It was delicious!
After our friends left, it was into the garden to plant a garden bed of sweet corn, and plant out a few more cucumber seedlings.
The sweet corn seedlings were about 30cm (1ft) tall, so they are safe from slug annihilation so it was time to pop them into their bed. The bed had rested for two weeks so it was ready to go.
Here is a picky of yours truly with his hands grounded in the soil feeling very content.
After the corn was planted and watered, I removed most of the spring onions that had gone to seed. I kept a few seed heads for next years crop, and then sprinkled with blood and bone and pelleted chicken manure. It will be ready for Tomatoes next weekend.
As I am running out of room, I had to begin to intersperse cucumber seedlings among the brown onions which are starting to swell. By the time I pick the onions in mid November, the cucumbers should be well established, with room for a zucchini or two.
Holly and Teddy were most helpful (not). I wish to come back in the next life as a dog, especially one that lives in this house!
With the corn and all other beds planted or prepped it was time to give the plants some seaweed solution to prevent transplant shock. This light watering really does help the seedlings get established well.
Once that was completed, I had to complete my income tax return. This was not too onerous, because Kim had gathered all the receipts and categorised them. She makes things easy for me!
This weekend I will harvest the garlic and hang it up to dry. Then, in go the various tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum (bell pepper) in that bed, and a few more pumpkins around the other side of the yard.
I also have to build a new herb garden as I have really gone crazy with basil, coriander (cilantro), and dill this year. So many punnets, but nowhere to plant them. So, I have a 44 gallon plastic barrel that I will convert into a butterfly bed. Plans and pictures will be posted once I figure it all out, I promise.
Somewhere over the weekend, I also have to finish painting the laundry, and a few other odds and ends to keep the darling wife happy. Shouldn't take too long. Oh, and I need to put down another batch of Cerveza.
Busy or what? Don't you find that a full Sunday just flies by?