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The new pallet garden for the laneway has been filled. Using repurposed skirting boards has made it a little more special and our neighbors love it.

Named the Edna Barnett stand it is the spectator area for the neighbourhood laneway cricket matches. And the seat is is sometimes used at breaks by the Pemberton Films team.

Plantings include petunia, verbena, flat leaf parsley, rabbits ear lettuce, spring onion, strawberry, oregano and succulents. Some California poppy seeds went in too. Fingers crossed that they germinate.

Now we just need to watch it grow, give it a little love and trust others will respect our little patch of happiness #urbanfarmhouseAU

Zesting more of our neighbour’s lemons.

I will dehydrate and powder the dried zest in my spice grinder to make lemon powder for seasoning.

l juice will be turned into cordial by Mr Sticki and the discarded pith can be boiled for pectin.

The leftover waste is finally used to fertilise our hungry potted citrus trees. Fully sustainable.

**In the course of zesting these lemons today I discovered that if you soak the fruit in water for a few minutes first, you don’t pick up the bitter pith with the zest

Some of the lemon zest was ground with pink & black peppercorns with a pinch of salt to make a great seasoning.

In our urban kitchen garden I’ve deep rooted about 60 heirloom tomato seedlings from their pots (at right) into old plastic juice and milk bottles. I learned this technique from an old European man at a country market a few years ago.

When the seedling develops its second tier of leaves you replant them, burying up to the first leaves. The seedling then forms more roots from further up the stem. So when you do the final planting, they’ll be much more robust.

Before I added the seedling to the soil I also added some powdered ground eggshells. This will prevent the tomatoes from developing blossom end rot - where the fruit rot at the base before they’ve fully ripened. Make the powder yourself by saving egg shells, when they’ve had time to dry, grind them down in a food processor or mortar and pestle.

My recycled containers are more old wisdom, a throw back to my grandpa who would do this to self sown seedlings and take them to the local charity shop. You can use tins, soft drink bottles and milk cartons too. Just remember to make drainage holes in the base.

As I have far too many seedlings for my tiny garden, sime will be given to family & neighbours as part of today’s Global Share Day initiative.

This wine box from a bottle of Pedro Ximenez was part of a gift Mr gave me years ago. It has now been repurposed to grow a Christmas gift of heirloom Rabbits Ear lettuce. We lined it with black plastic, drilled some holes in the base and filled it with organic compost then sowed the seeds - easy!  #urbanfarmhouseau

We eat a ton of greens, so I grow my own in pots. My salad mix is far from bland:
hot purple mustard,
baby chard,
sorrel,
oak leaf,
wild & salad rocket, watercress,
chervil,
nasturtium leaves & petals, coriander,
borage flowers,
geranium petals
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