Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Vegies & Beer



We have some home produce happening. Richard's brewing beer & I've rejuvenated the vegie patch. The beer is a Coopers Pale Ale & has been fermenting in the laundry for a couple of weeks. Richard is going to bottle it this weekend in these bottles that Luke from the Union Hotel in King St gave us. In the vegie patch I have spinach, eggplant, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, rhubarb, beetroot, cos & frilly iceberg lettuce, artichokes and asparagus. It doesn't look like much now but should be a forest in no time; I can't wait. I'm trying to espallier a little lime to the back wall - a bit twee I know but we've run out of room...

5 comments:

Dean said...

What's the weird thing sticking out of the vat of beer?

Must say the back garden looks lovely and cosy: I notice no fedeterranean statues in your patch!

I've only got a single, potted plant in my living room that a colleague gave me for Christmas, and it's not faring too well. It's a succulent and is supposed to bloom from mid-winter. No sign of flowers this year... My neighbour in writing class described it like this during an exercise we had last week: "In his empty house, Dean's companion is dead." Well, she's not far off the truth.

Marrickvillia said...

It's to let air out - otherwise the lid would be forced off as the beer ferments. It bubbles up every 10 seconds or so - beer is a living yeasty creature! Apparently some of our bottles might explode... so we're storing them in the backyard dunny.

Is your plant near a window? That might help.

I think it's only a matter of time before I find a fedeterranean statue on the street, dumped by someone doing a gut-n-smeg. It will be a very happy day.

Lucy Tartan said...

Excuse me, a "gut-and-smeg'??

Is that where the old kitchen is yanked out and "state-of-the-art european appliances" are bunged in?

Marrickvillia said...

Yep, the whole house is gutted - you know, walls knocked down, everything ripped out - and then filled with Smeg or similar applicances.

Julia said...

I reckon you can tell someone’s age from their gardening interests. Kids like growing vegetables into impressive shapes and sizes. (BTW, I had the largest zucchini in the neighborhood) Teenagers are drawn to dangerous plants like venus flytraps and cacti. People in their 20’s, like composting because its semi political. But once you are talking propagation, espalier and deadheading, you show serious gardening experience ...oh dear, as I am writing this I can hear gun shots outside. hmm. maybe I hould close the blind?